Pistachio Rings

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 12-07-2017 09:31 PM 1692 views 0 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had an order for a ring with turquoise inlay so I brought back some pistachio blanks when I flew back from Az. I got the wood from the scrap pile at Dead Tree Salvage in Casa Grande.
There were 13 blanks and I sold the one and blew up 5 on the expanding chuck when turning them to finished size.

Two of the remaining ones are plain and 5 are inlaid with turquoise. They are finished with EEE and clear lacquer.

cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 12-07-2017 09:35 PM

That turquoise really looks nice next to the pistachio.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 12-07-2017 09:38 PM

Lookin good… Too bad about the blow-ups.

Question: how do these rings hold up when they get wet, washing hands and stuff …?

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#3 posted 12-07-2017 09:44 PM

They look beautiful Jim

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

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#4 posted 12-07-2017 09:53 PM

Wow, these are just too cool. How do you make them, turn on a lathe?

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#5 posted 12-07-2017 11:27 PM

Real nice Jim.


-- 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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#6 posted 12-08-2017 12:04 AM

Nice Jim. Are you going to be down again this year?

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 12-08-2017 01:08 AM

Your rings always look great Jim. I keep thinking of making one but it’s not on the list yet. One of these days.

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

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#8 posted 12-08-2017 01:16 AM

Nice looking rings Jim, really like the inlay. Blew some up eh, those elves are getting careless.

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

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#9 posted 12-08-2017 02:14 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments!!

Hi Bruce. That expansion mandrel is the real test and if they fail then, it is better than when a customer is wearing them.
Hi Ron. I make them on 2 lathes. I bore the hole in a metal lathe right to dimension for the size I’m making. That way the bore is real straight too for fitting on the mandrel. Then I put them on an expanding mandrel in the wood lathe and shape and finish them. For the inlaid rings ,I groove them on the mandrel, fill them with the turquoise powder and CA glue and then mount them on the mandrel again to cut them to shape.

Hi Paul. I was down in Casa Grande for a week and then came home to fill customer orders. I’ll be back down there after Christmas for 3 months!! I hope to get a lot of pistachio this winter.

Hi Bob, the elves are working late this week! It snowed today and it is getting cold in the barn. I burned about 30 gallons of wood chips in the furnace today working on some mulberry wood items.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#10 posted 12-08-2017 02:57 AM

Those look amazing. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 12-08-2017 05:17 AM

Pity about the ones that didn’t cooperate, but the remaining ones remind me of a movie title . . . The Magnificent Seven.
They look great.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#12 posted 12-08-2017 06:17 AM

Nice rings, Just a few weeks left to enjoy the Michigan winter.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#13 posted 12-08-2017 07:07 AM

Nice rings, like to see what your making with mulberry.

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#14 posted 12-08-2017 07:53 AM

Nice rings indeed! Only if I could convince my wife that wooden rings are better and nicer than gold or silver :-)

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 12-08-2017 11:27 AM

Good looking rings, Jim.

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

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