If you are thinking that this blog is a shameless attempt to snag some great prizes, you are correct. It is also a way to get some scraps out of hiding and back into circulation.It could also be a first project for a child.
You can go high tech or low tech. Use what you have. I used a bandsaw, a file, a sanding block, and a workbench vise and f clamp to hold it. You can make these with less than that. Router tables, jigs, and power sanding equipment could put you in production on a larger scale . These took about 30 minutes each, not counting time to take pictures. Make it as simple or elaborate as you like. Play around with it until you get what you like.
I had 2 similar sized scraps available. Walnut and cherry, roughly 1 and 3/4” wide by 12” long x 1/4” thick.I drew on the design and cut it on the bandsaw.
I used a medium file to round over the edges, get it to where it feels good in your hand. Splinters would take all the fun out of using these.
Put an edge on a knife blank. No sharp edges or points. Just give it a profile of a knife.
I used 100 grit sandpaper in a block to smooth everything. I don’t see a need to do more than get the scratches out.
Creating this blog is much more challenging than this project. Pics just give me fits.Some of these pics are out of sequence, and I give up trying to fix it. I hope you get the general idea. Anyway, now that it feels good in your hand, rub in some mineral oil. These have 1 coat so far, more to follow. I just put some in the palm of my hand, and massage it in. These are not dishwasher safe. Handwash and rinse, apply more mineral oil as needed.
Feel free to come up with what works for you. The cherry piece is a knife, the walnut is more of a double ended spatula. These will be good for soft cheeses, butter, cake frosting, you name it. It could become a fork, or wider spatula / scraper depending on the size you have to work with.
Have fun, make some of these, I’m hungry!
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