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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 01-07-2013 03:42 PM 1726 views 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My friend from Idaho brought me a log of mountain mahogany and it had a lot of inclusions in the bark and I wanted to make him something usable from it. This was what I came up with to show the beauty of that wood.
It is about 5” high and finished with clear lacquer.

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 01-07-2013 03:57 PM

Jim, that sure looks better than the cans, glasses, mugs, square wood, etc. pencil holders I’m using now…

COOL job!

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#2 posted 01-07-2013 04:01 PM

Beautiful piece of wood and a nice turning and finish to show it off, Jim : )

I’m hoping to turn a salt box soon for Sea Salt that my son gave me for cooking.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 01-07-2013 04:12 PM

Never heard of Mountain Mahogany, I am certain that he will enjoy having something from you and you really did this piece justice! Nice work! It is Beautiful!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 01-07-2013 04:18 PM

beautiful job Jim! Looks really cool, nicest pencil cup I’ve ever seen!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#5 posted 01-07-2013 04:24 PM

I really like the look of that wood, great pencil holder. I’d like to know where those pecan shells fit in at? :)

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phillip butler

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#6 posted 01-07-2013 05:08 PM

fine looking project Jim- I have lots of mtn mahogany and love its color and weight. But its hardness sure makes turning challenging. also most of the older, larger pieces are full of inclusions as the old trees tend to rot from the inside out so selecting a workable piece is not easy. here in Nevada this specie grows only in an elevation band between 8 and 10 thousand feet. its density (harder than oak) makes it great for our woodstove-burns slowly and lasts a long time

-- phil, nevada

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#7 posted 01-07-2013 05:39 PM

Good looking turning—another nice project.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 01-07-2013 06:32 PM

Hi Phil. I’d like to get some bigger pieces that I can rip on the band saw. That way I can cut out the inclusions.
This piece I have is sort of green so it turned real easily, but my friend, Kent, says the dry stuff is awful hard!!
He has made some beautiful jewelry out of it on the scroll saw. He should be on here to show us all what he makes. He sells hundreds of earrings…..............Jim

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

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#9 posted 01-07-2013 10:47 PM

Great looking project Jim, that wood looks real nice.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#10 posted 01-07-2013 11:31 PM

Bueat job Jim

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

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#11 posted 01-08-2013 01:10 AM

Tis another beauty Jim. Very kool

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 01-08-2013 01:26 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I have a little more to decide on another project for it.

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

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#13 posted 01-08-2013 01:52 AM

Nice pencil can!! I could use one of those in the shop, i might have a block of wood for it as well. Thanks for the idea!


-- Most people say "Measure Twice, Cut Once." I say, "Cut Twice, Measure Once".

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#14 posted 01-08-2013 02:22 AM

Nice little can Jim
You always come up with a good looking design that suits the wood s character ,
Now what is mountain mahagony ?

-- Kiefer

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#15 posted 01-08-2013 03:58 AM

Nice work. Great idea…....

-- Brock, Illinois

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