It's a Bloody Cracked Pot

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 02-09-2021 03:34 AM 1129 views 0 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The park maintenance guy brought in this piece of a citrus tree ( lemon, orange or grapefruit? ) and asked me if it could be made into something. It was pretty ugly as you can see from the 4th photo..the pot was made from the bottom half of that branched trunk. It had 3 different shapes as it got whittled down but there was no getting away from the big cracks. I had to tape it up to bore out the inside. Instead of filling all the cracks with inlay, I painted them red..hence the blood pot! I’ll try anything once. It is 6 1/2” high and 5 1/2” in diameter at the top.

It is finished with semi gloss 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 02-09-2021 03:41 AM

A bloody cracked pot by a bloody crackpot?

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#2 posted 02-09-2021 05:05 AM

Have to hand it to you Jim, you took it from ugly to bloody. It doesn’t look bad with the red paint. You may have something there.

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

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#3 posted 02-09-2021 06:00 AM

Painting those gaps turned out to be a great idea!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 02-09-2021 06:20 AM

I bet you lathed that one with your fingers crossed. It did come out looking great. I’m with the others on the red paint, Looks different and cool at the same time. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#5 posted 02-09-2021 06:26 AM

I admire your willingness to creatively tackle projects I would have (as a relatively inexperienced newbie) given up any hope on even thinking of turning: what if the cracks worsen and it ends up getting thrust back on the fireplace woodpile? what if it blows up while I’m turning? what if…..? I am slowly trying to coming around and embracing the journey rather than the final destination. Well done, my friend.

-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#6 posted 02-09-2021 07:46 AM

I kinda like it. Embrace the imperfections.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#7 posted 02-09-2021 07:58 AM

Great salvage JJ....

But, JJ, Jj, jj... you’re just gonna encourage rc (robscastle),

to maim his other fingers!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#8 posted 02-09-2021 08:25 AM

This may be a silly question but could the cracks be resin filled and reshaped to save the project??

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#9 posted 02-09-2021 08:55 AM

Great save my friend, I love the paint idea.
Could lead to something, who knows what???


-- 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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#10 posted 02-09-2021 08:58 AM

God invented band-aids so we could keep the blood off the wood.

-- Mark

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#11 posted 02-09-2021 09:06 AM

God invented band-aids so we could keep the blood off the wood.

- Mark Wilson

But it seems he/she wasn’t smart enough to zap a first-aid cabinet into each workshop.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#12 posted 02-09-2021 11:32 AM

Nice work Jim….The Red Paint worked well for the cracks.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#13 posted 02-09-2021 11:47 AM

great save and even better accent with the paint

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#14 posted 02-09-2021 12:11 PM

Nice work. I don’t know much about lathe work, but I do know that cracked wood is always a pain to work with, even more so when it is spinning.

The red paint makes the piece so much more interesting than simply filling the cracks with resin.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#15 posted 02-09-2021 12:27 PM

Citrus you say? Could it be from a Blood Orange tree? When Life gives you Lemons – just make some bloody lemonade!

Can’t believe I’m the first to say those.

Great job, a nice variation from the turquoise or resin inlay.

Now what do you have planned for the other part of that tree? There is the REAL challenge – looks like it could make an interesting sculpture or base for something else.

Thanks for posting, stay healthy and have a great day.

-- Leafherder

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