Lidded Embedded Bowl

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 03-01-2021 01:54 AM 825 views 0 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bowl inside a log..the top sticking out the top and the bottom sticking out the bottom. The web inside is around 1/2” thick.Not being square, it was a challenge to hold. I have some shots below of how I approached that. This one I dreamed about and had to get up and make some sketches right away. The log is 6” long and kind of obround with the bark and sap wood removed from the top half. The log and lid are mesquite and finished with clear semi gloss enamel.

Cheers, Jim

Here is the process:
I first made a 2 3/4” plug to gauge the holes for the side mounts. Then I bored the side mounts together on a face plate:

It needed a counter weight or the lathe would come off the floor from the vibration.

I turned a 2 3/4” end on both sides for mounting:

I mounted the holding assembly on a wooden disc on my face plate and it was screwed to that disc once centered.

It was fully balanced when turned on!

I rotated it exactly 180 degrees and installed the screws in the new locations for turning the top

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

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#1 posted 03-01-2021 02:03 AM

That is a very cool challenge you set for yourself. I like the look, especially with the endgrain turquoise.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 03-01-2021 02:16 AM

Simply amazing what you do with your trusty lathe Jim! Totally different! Nice that you were able to brake away from your dream and wake up enough to capture it another amazing thing you did.

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

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#3 posted 03-01-2021 02:31 AM

you frickin amaze me jim,you inspire me to keep growing this craft my friend,you never rest on your laurels.let me say this was a fitting pinnacle project to celebrate 1000 projects thats a milestone few here will ever match,or ever will be able too at the level you have.take a bow.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 03-01-2021 02:39 AM

Great piece Jim and thanks for the great pics of the process.
Amazingly well done and such a cool and inventive jig.

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#5 posted 03-01-2021 02:46 AM

Now that is one cool way to do something. I like how you show how you did it with a series of photos. Beautiful and an excellent job. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#6 posted 03-01-2021 02:54 AM

This one is over the top, nice work. You have some amazing dreams Jim. Hope no one tries to get the bowl out.

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

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#7 posted 03-01-2021 02:55 AM

I wouldn’t dream of turning a bowl like that Jim, but I’m glad you did. Keep pushing the limits!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#8 posted 03-01-2021 03:51 AM

Never saw that before. Very cool, great vision..

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#9 posted 03-01-2021 06:30 AM

Pretty slick build, NICE!!!!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#10 posted 03-01-2021 10:39 AM

Phew… I broke into a sweat just trying to understand what was happening…

You could have been a little more careful and not spilled that light blue ink on the ends… I know how to make pens that don’t leak… I call them a pencil.

This is a bowl inside a log..
- Jim Jakosh

Kindda reminds me of what the missus says to me… This is a bowl in the hands of a log....

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

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#11 posted 03-01-2021 12:38 PM


-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 03-01-2021 12:41 PM

Everybody applauds the result – in this case I have to applaud the engineering and application, the result is because of that

-- 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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#13 posted 03-01-2021 03:56 PM

What a creative mind you have. I can see more ideas like this coming from your shop.

-- James E McIntyre

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#14 posted 03-01-2021 04:02 PM

WOW… very cool concept! Way to think outside the… “box” LOL

Thanks for sharing

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#15 posted 03-01-2021 06:18 PM

That is cool Jim! I like it! Thought I had wild dreams but you have me beat big time!

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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