Quad Offset Bowl #99

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 10-28-2015 05:07 PM 1780 views 13 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bowl was inspired by my newest buddy, Yuval Eitan!!
Here is his project:
I have done multiple centers turned on the outside of a bowl but Yuval did one with the offsets on the inside so I wanted to see if I could do it.

This is a walnut bowl with a thin maple slice inserted to make the ring. It was turned on 5 centers on a faceplate using a piece of 1” Baltic birch plywood for the sacrificial backer which I later cut off.
It is finished with satin wipe on poly and will be scuff waxed after it had dried for about a week.

Cheers, Jim

Here are some process shots I took along the way:

Lyle Jamieson taught me that you always needed 8 screws if you are using a faceplate and I observe that. This backer board has 45 1/8” holes in it as a result. 5 are center location and the rest are screw holes.

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

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#1 posted 10-28-2015 05:13 PM

I have never seen this before. So all the holes are for different placements of the metal faceplate for turning?

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#2 posted 10-28-2015 05:14 PM

Wow Jim, looks so complicated yet easy. Nice work. Does it have a tendency to want to grab your tool being off centered? Does it seem to jump a lot? This is worth a try.

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

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#3 posted 10-28-2015 06:06 PM

You must keep your cutting tools VERY sharp. Neat idea.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#4 posted 10-28-2015 06:09 PM

Amazing work Jim.
You make it look so easy. I can only imagine what would happen if I tried it.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 10-28-2015 06:49 PM


What Crazy Unique Technique!!

Very COOL!!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#6 posted 10-28-2015 07:01 PM

Outstanding!!! Truly original, unique and beautiful.

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

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#7 posted 10-28-2015 07:13 PM


You did better then me on my first one out of Bacote and it was only 3 centers. I sanded to much and taken out some of the nice contrasting ridges.

You know that I really like Lyle too and wish I lived closer to see him everyday which would let me see you more too.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#8 posted 10-28-2015 07:30 PM

Nice job Jim, I like the bowl and the added ring. I had to go out and look at my face plates. They don’t have a centre in them. Did you modify yours?

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#9 posted 10-28-2015 07:49 PM

Wow, Jim, this is a real beauty and it looks like a very interesting technique.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 10-28-2015 07:50 PM

Than you all for the nice comments. I was going to add a raised center and put a tea light in it by changed my mind. Had to get it finished so I could get on with the next project at school.

Hi Dave. it did not grab the tools. You just hold the position and cut by feel because after the first hole you are mostly cutting air! With all the screws in to hold it it did not vibrate all all when off center.

Hi Randy. Yes, Sharpened a lot in the process!

Hi Arlin. I know what you mean about sanding too much. I did all the inside sanding off the lathe and I had to be careful to keep the ridge crisp. But they rounded a bit too.

Hi John. I have a 1”-8 threaded shaft that I put in my metal lathe and put all the face plates on it and bore the center and press in an insert with a 1/8” pin sticking out. This one is on the end of a bolt so I can retract it if need be. You can see the socket head bolt head in the back in the 6th process photo.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#11 posted 10-28-2015 08:09 PM

Absolutely nailed it Jim, what a fabulous result with a great piece of timber, the maple slice sets it up a treat :)

DT3 piece here for sure

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#12 posted 10-28-2015 08:55 PM

Thanks Jim. I’m going to give this a go soon. New techniques are always fun on the lathe.

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

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#13 posted 10-28-2015 08:59 PM

Hey Jim, we can always count on you to try the unusual and make it work. Nicely done and very unique.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#14 posted 10-28-2015 09:22 PM

Wonderful work, Jim.

-- Mark

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#15 posted 10-28-2015 09:28 PM

Fantastic bowl and so well done Jim. I am also glad to learn about this technique and the way you handled the mounting of the faceplate. Great work and great result.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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