Pecan Dinner Bell

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 03-16-2016 06:11 AM 1818 views 2 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dave,the park electrician, asked me if I could make a dinner bell for his sister. She collects them.
I chose a pecan log and made the bell and handle all out of the same piece. I centered it a little off center with the pith of the log and the dark color of the pith came out in the handle in the second shot. The first shot shows the open knot I left in the front of it.

It is 3” in diameter and about 6” tall.

It has an acacia clapper inside.

It is finished with Danish oil and clear lacquer.

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

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#1 posted 03-16-2016 07:49 AM

It’s beyond words, Jim.
However, between you, me and the fence post: You can make a bell that actually rings, rather than clacks, by using Cocobolo, or Padauk. I could be wrong, but I think the keys on Marimbas are made of these. Wait here a minute. I’ll go find out. Be right back…I’m back. The one source I bothered to look at said that the keys are “Rosewood.” Of course, the two woods I mentioned are both Rosewoods. I suspect Cocobolo, mostly, because I have had the experience of dropping a piece of it on the concrete floor, upon which dropping, I went Ooooooooh. That sounded nice.
Probably more than you wanted to know.
I revel in the mastery of your work, Jim.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 03-16-2016 07:56 AM

That is great Jim. I love it mate.


-- 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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#3 posted 03-16-2016 08:22 AM

Very nice Jim, will be a valued part of her collection.

-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#4 posted 03-16-2016 09:32 AM

Looks really nice, Jim. The finish is amazing, too.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#5 posted 03-16-2016 11:39 AM

Nice addition to her collection. I bet it sounds well as it looks.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 03-16-2016 12:56 PM

Nice one of a kind and certainly collectable .


-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 03-16-2016 01:50 PM

Sweet bell Jim. Nice job on the design. Ring on the dinner.

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

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#8 posted 03-16-2016 03:03 PM

so pretty – love it!

-- I turn wood into 'things' ..... what is your superpower?

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#9 posted 03-16-2016 06:11 PM

If she collects bells, I doubt she’ll be using it to summon folks to the table, so beauty is more important than functionality. So I’d say you hit this one out of the park Jim.

No doubt she will love it !

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

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#10 posted 03-16-2016 07:11 PM

Nice work, Jim!

I too would like to know how you decide when to Stop turning to get the Tone the way you want it…
... do you just tap it while it’s on the lathe to hear what it sounds like… or what?

COOL project! Ding Dong... Clang Clang...

No Copper Clappers?

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

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#11 posted 03-16-2016 08:30 PM

She sure wont have a copy of this one Jim, like the classical shape you have given it
well done mate

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

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#12 posted 03-16-2016 09:28 PM

Nicely done Jim.

-- 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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#13 posted 03-16-2016 11:02 PM

Hate to admit it Jim but you may make a Turner yet…lol WOW….that is awesome sir. Well done!!!

-- 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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#14 posted 03-16-2016 11:34 PM

Very nice decorative piece, I really like the knot….

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#15 posted 03-16-2016 11:46 PM

I really like this. The pith and the knot contrast the curves nicely.

-- Barry,

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