Bowl and Napkin Rings

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 01-24-2018 10:20 PM 1175 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are some more desert turnings. The bowl is made from 2 pieces of myrtle wood and it had a spigot glued on to turn it so I did not lose any thickness of the good wood. It is 7” x 2 1/2” high.

The napkin rings are for some friends back home that had me over for Christmas Eve dinner. Mary Lou had an assortment of napkin rings- some borrowed to have enough for 12 of us. I made 14 blanks to get a dozen and did not lose any in the process so she will get 14 of them. They are 1 1/2” ID and 1” thick and made from mesquite branches from the desert out here. I added 2 process shots of the mesquite expanding mandrel I made to hold the rings to turn them to shape and sand.

All these pieces are finished with Danish Oil and will get a 3 stage buff when I get back home to my shop in Michigan.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 01-24-2018 10:26 PM

Very nice. I like the jam chuck. Does it expand with a screw?

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#2 posted 01-25-2018 12:06 AM

Nice jam Chuck, I will have to add that to things that can be made when needed. Very nice bowl and napkin rings.

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#3 posted 01-25-2018 12:20 AM

All looks great Jim!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 01-25-2018 12:21 AM

The napkin rings will make a very nice gift and great looking at that. Thanks for adding the picture of your chuck, I’ll have to try making one so I can make my wife some napkin rings for the table.


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#5 posted 01-25-2018 01:01 AM

Great job, I like the idea of the expanding chuck.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 01-25-2018 01:21 AM

Agreement with the jury!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 01-25-2018 01:52 AM

+1 for the previous comments!

That chuck is inspired!

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

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#8 posted 01-25-2018 01:55 AM

Nice job Jim. That mesquite has some cool grain. Those napkin rings should get you invited to another dinner. How about a little more on that chuck. I understand it expanding with the screw but whats holding the segments together?

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

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#9 posted 01-25-2018 03:41 AM

Sweet projects Jim, both woods look great!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#10 posted 01-25-2018 03:29 PM

Nicely done Jim. It is nice to see that someone still entertains guests for dinner using napkin rings at the place settings.

-- 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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#11 posted 01-25-2018 04:24 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments!

Hi Ben, the mandrel does expand when you turn the screw in. I would have liked to have a machine screw in there with a socket flat head screw but I don’t have any threaded inserts here to put in it.

Hi WCP, if you make the rings it is important to have the ID of all of them real close to the same so the mandrel holds them securely. I started these with a Forstner bit in the lathe and finished the hole in the drill press.

Hi Dave, the segments were formed by cutting the round piece on the bandsaw with 3 cuts. Ideally they should have a much bigger hole in the center so they expand more easily but I did not have a tapered piece to fit in there so I used a flat head screw and that did the expanding. If I were home, I’d have made a tapered ring in my metal lathe and had a 3/4” or 1” hole in the center.

Hi Lee. Mary Lou entertains a lot so I think she’ll appreciate these rings.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#12 posted 01-25-2018 04:25 PM

Great looking turnings Jim, I also like the mandrel.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 01-25-2018 04:48 PM

Thanks, Mike. The mandrel was the only way I could see to hold these rings. it was made out of necessity and I threw it away when I finished them.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#14 posted 01-25-2018 05:09 PM

You have done a fine job on this bowl and these napkin rings. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#15 posted 01-25-2018 08:37 PM

Jim, it’s incredibly beautiful and exactly done. I like it

-- Anatolii UKRAINE

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