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Jean and Leon Klatt

This page contains some of the results of Leon's woodworking. Woodworking has been Leon's hobby since high school days - as he has stated many times, "The Lord knew what he was doing when he created trees." Recent items include accent furniture pieces for the house, bowls - solid and segmented - pepper mill and salt shaker sets. Although I have little to no interest in attempting to turn my hobby into a commercial enterprise, anyone interested in acquiring any of the bowls or pepper mill and salt shaker sets, please contact me at the e-mail address on the Home Page for availability and cost.



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Wooden Bowls

Sassafras Bowl

This bowl was turned from a ~10 inch square by ~2 inches thick piece of Sassafras that had collected dust in my woodshop for about 20 years. The finish on the bowl is food safe, and it is used to serve chips and related food items.

Replicates of this bowl can not be made because of the lack of material.

Solid Walnut Bowl

This bowl was made from a ~6 inch square by ~2 inches thick piece of Black Walnut that was the end section of a plank used from the construction of a tea table. Multiple coats of a salad bowl finishing were applied rendering the bowl food safe.

Replicates will be made if material can be procured.

Segmented Bowl Alternate Design First Segmented Bowl

This is the first segmented bowl that Leon constructed. Leon learned this technique from Daryl Sullivan of Cedar Falls, IA in the woodshop at Victoria Palms Resort, Donna, TX. The bowl consists of eight layers each approximately one-half inch thick and constructed from 12 segments; six of the layers have alternating pieces of Maple and Black Walnut. The bowl diameter is approximately 7 inches. Multiple coats of a salad bowl finish renders the bowl food safe. An alternate design can be viewed by clicking on the hot-spot. (2 pictures)

Replicates of either design will be fabricated on request, but be aware that the cost is significant because of the amount of labor.

Scalloped Segmented Bowl

The scalloped segmented bowl presents an interesting fabrication challenge, which promoted much discussion amongst the bowl turners at Victoria Palms Resort. The ring with the scallops must be glued to the base ring such that the center rotational axis of both layers are exactly on line with each other and with the wood lathe axis. This was accomplished by turning a short tenon (~ 5/16 inch long) on the base layer so the unturned scalloped layer makes a smooth press fit onto the tenon. The scalloped layer is then glued to the base layer while the pieces are mounted on the wood lathe.

This bowl is fabricated from Red Oak, Black Walnut and Purple Heart with 10 segments per ring; the bowl has three layers - the base of Red Oak, the scalloped layer of Black Walnut and Red Oak, and the top layer composed of alternating 1/8 inch thick layers of Red Oak and Purple Heart with a final 1/2 thick layer of Black Walnut. The scallops result from the increasing diameter of the turned bowl. The small scallops on the inside develop in a similar manner as the underlying Red Oak is removed from the inside of the bowl. The bowl has a food safe finish.

A  replicate of this bowl will be fabricated on request, but be aware that the cost is significant because of the amount of labor.

Large Scalloped Bowl

This bowl is a large example of a scalloped segmented bowl; the diameter is approximately 11 inches, which is the largest diameter Leon can fabricate on his wood lathe. The construction technique is identical to that used for the smaller scalloped segmented bowl, and the same woods are used. The bowl has a food safe finish.

This bowl is part of the center piece on our dining room table.

A  replicate of this bowl will be fabricated on request, but be aware that the cost is significant because of the amount of labor.

Sawtooth Feature Ring Bowl

The feature ring of this bowl design presents a challenging fabrication process requiring many precise angle cuts and accurate positioning of pieces during the gluing steps.

This bowl is constructed from Red Oak, Padauk and Cherry. The 6 inch scale provides an estimate of the size of the bowl. The bowl's finish is food safe.

A replicate of this bowl will be fabricated on request, but be aware that the cost is significant because the design requires a tremendous amount of labor.

Double Sawtooth Feature Ring Bowl

The feature ring of this bowl presents the same fabrication challenges as the Saw-Tooth Feature Ring Bowl.

This bowl is constructed from Cherry and Purple Heart; it is 7 1/2 inches high with a diameter of 9 inches. The bowl's finish is food safe.

A replicate of this bowl will be fabricated on request; however, the cost is significant because the design requires a large amount of labor.

Pepper Mill and Salt Shaker Sets

Dogwood Pepper Mill Set Mesquite Pepper Mill Set Cherry Pepper Mill Set Dogwood Pepper Mill Set

The Dogwood pepper mill and salt shaker set was fabricated from the truck of a Dogwood tree that had grown in our backyard but died many years ago. The truck of this tree had collected dust in my woodshop for years. After observing other wood turners making pepper mill and salt shakers I decided that a pepper mill and salt shaker set would be an excellent use of the Dogwood truck. The pepper mill is ~10 inches tall and the salt shaker is ~ 7 inches tall; the diameter of the base is ~ 2 1/2 inches. The pepper grinding mechanism is stainless steel. A second pepper mill and salt shaker set fabricated from Mesquite can be viewed by clicking on a hot-spot of the thumbnail picture. This latter set is the same dimensions as the Dogwood set. A third pepper mill and salt shaker set fabricated from Cherry is also shown via a hot-spot; this design is slightly different from the other two sets but with approximately the same dimensions. (3 pictures)

A replicate of the Mesquite pepper mill and salt shaker set will be fabricated on request - Mesquite of the thickness required to make the set is expensive. The Cherry pepper mill and salt shaker set will be fabricated on request. Mill heights between 4 and 10 inches can be fabricated. A replicate of the Dogwood pepper mill and salt shaker can not be fabricated because of the lack of material.

Solid Wood Furniture

The items shown in the following photographs provides examples of the breath of Leon's woodworking skills. None of these items are for sale and orders for replicates of any of these items will not be accepted, unless noted otherwise.

RV Coffee Table

This Coffee Table is used in our RV. The insert in the photograph shows the table when folded up; in this configuration it measures 7 1/2 X 4 1/2 X 24 inches. Folding it into a small package makes it ideal for the limited storage space found in RVs.

Butler's Table with leafs down Butler's Table with leafs up

The Butler's Table is constructed from black walnut, and finished with satin varnish. The tray sets on the frame and can be taken off to prepare and bring the snacks to the guests. The table is used as a coffee table in our living room. Now we just need to find the butler to delivery the wine and cheese! (2 pictures)

Tea Table

The Tea Table is similar to the Chippendale design from Philadelphia, PA of the mid-1700s. It is constructed with solid Black Walnut and finished with satin varnish.

Kitchen Chairs Kitchen Table Chairs & Table

The chairs were built to coordinate with a drop leaf table we use in the small eating area of our kitchen. Leon also built the table; it has two drop leaves and a small drawer for storage of place mats and other items. The chairs and table top are Red Oak finished with satin varnish; the legs and rails of the table are maple painted a cranberry color to match the cabinets in the kitchen. We upholstered the chair seats and received a grade of B from the woodshop shop monitor who had previously run an upholstery business. (3 pictures)

Bent Wood Plant Stand

Fabrication of the Bent Wood Plant Stand is relatively easy once the jig for bending the legs was constructed. The legs consist of 6 strips of Ash and 2 strips of Walnut, each strip is 3/32 inch thick. The Walnut strips comprise the center two strips to provide contrasting colors in the legs. Each set of 8 strips are glued together into a single leg in the bending jig; each leg is approximately 1 inch wide. The shelves are made from Walnut, and in this particular case are approximately 10 inches in diameter. The stand height is 35 inches, and the spacing between the shelves is 10 3/4 inches. The stand is finished with Spar Varnish, which makes it suitable for the display of plants in a screened porch or similar semi-outdoor environment.

Replicates of the Bent Wood Plant Stand will be fabricated on request.  The shelf diameter can vary from approximately 8 to 10 inches.

Snack Serving Tray

Woodsmith magazine stated that this was a weekend project; well, it turned out to be much more than that! The serving tray consists of two parts - the tray and the cutting board. The tray is made from Cherry, measures 16" long by 10" wide, and the finish is food safe. The cutting board, which is removable and measures 7"wide by 9" deep, is made from maple with the cutting surface being the end grain; the surface is finished with food grade mineral oil. Mineral oil should be reapplied when the cutting surface appears dry. The cutting surface can be refurbished by sanding the surface smooth and applying a generous coat of mineral oil.

Replicates of the serving tray will be fabricated on request.