Spalted maple candy dish

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 01-18-2011 08:00 PM 1632 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a spalted maple candy dish that started off as a 12” high hollow vessel that was going to be made in two pieces but the top part blew apart when the wall got thin. Then the bottom had a piece break so it wound up as a candy dish. It was real punky so I stabilized it with a coat of thin West System epoxy.
It is finished with EEE polish and Mylands friction polish.

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

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#1 posted 01-18-2011 08:23 PM

Great save!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 01-18-2011 09:46 PM

Beautiful piece of wood and a great looking dish.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#3 posted 01-18-2011 09:52 PM

It looks beautiful! I have a few slabs of spalted maple in the shop and I have been making small plates. Perhaps I’ll use a second piece to fashion a pedestal. Is West System epoxy a brand name?

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#4 posted 01-18-2011 10:20 PM

Nice save, I’ve run into that problem many times. Woodcraft has a product called Polycryl that’s made to penetrate spalted woods and harden it. You just soak the stock in it for a couple days. Only problem is that it’s expensive.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 01-18-2011 10:26 PM

This Is a nice peace. that wood was a candy bowl waiting to break free!

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#6 posted 01-18-2011 10:33 PM

Great looking bowl! You have a great ability to see something else when what you worked so hard on ends up in a disaster. With wood turners, it occasionally doesn’t work out to “measure twice and cut once”. I bent a HSS 1” skew on a piece I was turning. It knocked the piece off the lathe and took out a rather large chunk of wood. I grabbed the propane torch, burned the gouged out edges, put it back on the lathe, changed tools and turned it to look like a natural blemish. At least I did that AFTER I went in the house and changed my drawers. Funny now.

I use pentacryl on punky wood. Is that the same thing as Polycryl? I’d think epoxy would be expensive too.

-- JoeR Nothing that I could make will ever be perfect but I'll use it anyway.

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#7 posted 01-18-2011 11:46 PM

It will almost be a shame to put candy inside, even I love candy. Since tis is candy! Eye candy.
Best thoughts my friend,

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

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#8 posted 01-19-2011 01:19 AM

I love your work, Jim.

I bet a lot of great little busts, started out as great big statues.

-- TulsaWoodSmith, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#9 posted 01-19-2011 02:13 AM

Nice one.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 01-19-2011 02:36 AM

another beautiful piece. fun story

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#11 posted 01-19-2011 03:20 AM

What a pretty candy dish, I have had spalted maple blow apart on me and it was scary for a split second ;)
I really like the shape and finish! Great Job!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#12 posted 01-19-2011 04:13 AM

Nice candy dish.I would have been real fustrated if all that happend to me

-- wchips

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#13 posted 01-19-2011 01:46 PM

Serbian to English translation
Good work, and the tree is very interesting …

-- Lathe and my imagination will do everything to realize my dreams...Vanzemaljac

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 01-20-2011 04:30 AM

Thank you all for all the nice comments.
Clipper 50, the West System Epoxy is a brand name – made by the Geougon Brothers in Bay City , Mi.
It is a great product for boat building.

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

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#15 posted 02-14-2011 03:47 AM

Sold it yesterday!

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

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