From a Pot to a Bowl

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 01-14-2022 11:50 PM 474 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started with a Texas Ebony crotch sent to me by Mesquiteman99 to see what I could do with it. I cut off the long part of the crotch branch and tested it to see how it turned . I was going to make a pot that I hollowed from the bottom and then glued in a mesquite bottom. I found the wood to be brittle and “chippy”....the chips were like coffee grounds. It was okay until I tried to turn the top of the pot. One cut and it exploded so I turned it down to a small bowl (3 1/2” x 1 1/2” high with a .050” wall) and with a mesquite bottom. If the pot would have survived, the bottom would not show.

It is finished with satin enamel.

I have split the rest of the crotch in half through the pith and will soak it in black epoxy before making the piece I had planned for it.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 01-15-2022 12:03 AM

real nice bowl jim.hey why dont you join the 2022 bowling league swap.lots of fun,we’d love to have you join us.deadline is tomorrow though so you gotta decide have until march to make a project which is a cake walk for you.hope to see you.

-- 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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#2 posted 01-15-2022 12:03 AM

Looks pretty nice.

-- Ron

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#3 posted 01-15-2022 12:25 AM

Very nicely done Jim, a great finish. And impressive with such a thin wall. You are a Master.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#4 posted 01-15-2022 12:27 AM

That is one gorgeous piece of finished timber; you’ve certainly done it justice.

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

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#5 posted 01-15-2022 12:33 AM

Great save Jim

-- 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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#6 posted 01-15-2022 12:39 AM

I wouldn’t of thought you would be able to make anything out of that piece of wood. You turned it into one nice project

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#7 posted 01-15-2022 12:40 AM

Another amazing and interesting project Jim!
Good that your were able to get this nice looking bowl out of it!

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

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#8 posted 01-15-2022 01:15 AM

Great save, Jim! Looks like you meant to do that, though the pot would’ve been awesome, too.

I have a handful of things that I need to stabilize with Cactus Juice before I try to turn them, because they’re either punky or chippy, and I need more practice before I can pull off a save like that.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 01-15-2022 04:35 AM

That’s some beautiful wood!

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

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#10 posted 01-15-2022 08:31 AM

Fantastic colour and finish!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 01-15-2022 12:03 PM

Nicley done! What is satin enamel? What brand? That finish looks great.

-- Petey

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#12 posted 01-15-2022 01:38 PM

Well at least you managed to get a nice bowl out of it Jim. That Texas ebony sounds like a character builder to work with. Good start for what’s coming with the rest of the Ebony.

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

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#13 posted 01-15-2022 02:19 PM

That wood look amazing.
Well saved, into a beautiful bowl, cheers Jim.

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

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#14 posted 01-15-2022 05:51 PM

That was a nice crotch Jim. It’s to bad the larger side was cut down so far it would have given you more wood to work with.

The bowl wood has a nice grain and color. Great job.

Texas Ebony is a hard wood at 2820 on the Janka scale.

-- James E McIntyre

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#15 posted 01-15-2022 08:30 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I learned a lot from that turning. I cut the rest of the crotch in half through the pith and have one piece mounted on a face plate. I’ll flood it with black epoxy before I turn it any further. I cut some off for string bars on a cigar box guitar that my friend in the band is making.

Hi Petey, the clear enamel is the Rustoleum 2x spray that is sold at all the box stores.

Hi James..thanks for looking up the hardness. I guessed it was up there near the top.

Cheers, Jim

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

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