Beads of Courage Barrel

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 01-23-2020 02:00 AM 597 views 3 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently joined the Southern Arizona Wood Turners Association ( ) and they are the group that started making lidded bowls/barrels for kids with serious illnesses like cancer to store the beads of courage they receive when ever they have to undergo a procedure in the hospital. I volunteered to make one for the Feb meeting.

This one is made from 6 staves of mesquite and is 6 1/2” in diameter and 8 1/2” overall high. It is finished with shellac sealer.

I first turned it round, mounted the steady rest around it and then turned the inside and made the bottom to fit and glued it on. Then the top holding plate was parted off and the top was turned by holding it by the bottom. The lid was then turned to fit the top.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 01-23-2020 02:14 AM

A nice looking turning, and a great cause. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 01-23-2020 02:16 AM

What a wonderful reason to make a fine box.
You are a good man Jim.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 01-23-2020 02:38 AM

Looks great and for a special cause. Will you have the opportunity to meet the recipient?

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#4 posted 01-23-2020 03:14 AM

Good job on the barrel Jim, I like the lid!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#5 posted 01-23-2020 03:27 AM

Great cause Jim and great looking barrel!

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

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#6 posted 01-23-2020 05:41 AM

Great result Jim,
Very nice.

-- 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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#7 posted 01-23-2020 05:50 AM

COOL project… COOL cause…

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

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#8 posted 01-23-2020 06:12 AM

Nice work Jim, great cause as well.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 01-23-2020 09:47 AM

Nice and for a good cause.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#10 posted 01-23-2020 03:00 PM

Nice work on it Jim. It blends in well for all the different stave pieces.

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

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#11 posted 01-23-2020 05:29 PM

What a wonderful outreach Jim. The barrel turned out great.

-- 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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#12 posted 01-23-2020 06:02 PM

Great project. I’m sure those kids will really appreciate it.

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

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#13 posted 01-24-2020 02:18 AM

Beautiful job and a great cause. Nicely done!.

-- AJ

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#14 posted 01-24-2020 01:18 PM

I’m always interested in making proces, so , thanks for those photos too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 01-24-2020 03:47 PM

More enjoyment comes from making thing for other people in need.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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