Kitchen Utensil Holders

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-29-2015 01:32 AM 1286 views 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After dumping the utensils into the sink too many times, I set out to make a new holder. The first picture is it and the 4th picture is the one it is replacing. That is a beautifully painted pottery one that my wife painted, but you can see the problem with the little base and wide top. The last two pictures are a practice one made from some wood that was rough all through the turning. I don’t know what it is , but it made a nice rustic utensil holder for someone.
I don’t know what the wood is that I used for the good one, but it was very green and it finally cracked in the bottom while drying out on the lathe. It is filled with epoxy and dust. It is finished with Clear wipe on poly and salad bowl finish on the inside. A shot of the log is below if anyone might know what that wood is. It is from this area in Grand Rapids but I don’t know who dropped it off.
It is some real fine turning wood, I had 12 foot long strings flying off of it.

Here is the log;

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 06-29-2015 01:45 AM

Nifty project jim…as always I am impressed with your skills on the lathe. You have motivated me…to chunk mine out in the yard…lol
Nice job sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#2 posted 06-29-2015 01:51 AM

Looking at projects such as this one inspires me to keep going out and practicing on my lathe, in hopes of getting better with each piece I turn!

Thanks for sharing

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#3 posted 06-29-2015 01:55 AM

Very nice piece Jim, I also like the practice one.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 06-29-2015 02:12 AM

Definite design improvement, but your wife’s was very attractive even if questionably functional. Maybe you can enlist her aid in adding an artistic touch and keep the home waters smooth.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 06-29-2015 02:22 AM

Interesting to see end grain turnings like this. How did you hollow out such a steep sidewall without catching the tool?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#6 posted 06-29-2015 02:41 AM

Lovely work as always Jim

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#7 posted 06-29-2015 02:50 AM

Thumbs Up

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#8 posted 06-29-2015 03:43 AM

Nice turning job.

-- "The Cedar King"

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#9 posted 06-29-2015 04:00 AM

Beautiful cup. Your wife must be the luckiest in the world.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 06-29-2015 04:01 AM

Way to go Jim, The wide base should work better. Make some points with your wife and turna wide base for her pottery one. She can paint it to match.
I have a couple Pear logs that look similar to the one posted, I will check tomorrow to see if it is the same. Mine are a couple years old but the bark may be the same.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 06-29-2015 10:10 AM

I like em Jim.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#12 posted 06-29-2015 11:36 AM

OOooo I like these, Jim! I really like the ‘practice’ one. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 06-29-2015 12:13 PM

Looks great Jim. These are very handy, but mark my words, you will need a larger one after awhile.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 06-29-2015 02:06 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments.

Hi John. I have an idea that the old one tipped over on her a few times because she said if you make a new one, make it 4” inside. She’ll be back from England On wed so I’ll find out then if it is okay!!

Hi Dave. Please take a look. I have more of this long and need to label the pieces. It does not seem to check or crack like most fruit woods to, though. The log is coated with anchor seal, but that never stopped apple or apricot!!

Hi Mike.If there are any more pieces put in there, you know who will have to make them.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 06-29-2015 02:38 PM

Another Jakosh original .
Turned out real nice and a welcome addition to the kitchen I am sure .


-- Kiefer

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