Three Wooden Spatulas - Burning The Midnight Oil

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Project by NicHartman posted 12-26-2015 05:37 AM 1234 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, these are my christmas gifts for 2015. These went out to my sisters and mother today, very well received. Overall a simple project based off the oak spoon in picture 3, something my mother liked and picked up at a store at some point, and I decided I could do better. It wasn’t quite as simple as that, sadly enough, hit a few bumps in the road due to lack of forethought and some rushed decisions. Before I get too deep into my sob story, They’re mainly walnut with maple, cherry, and purpleheart accents. The original plans were for solid walnut, which was done until I cracked off a part of one in the roughing out stage. Ugh. Well, as with everything I make for the women in my family, they had to match in some way or another, so that led me to taking some sweet sweet alone time with my great-grandfather’s #4 to get some flat slides. I glued on the purpleheart, cherry, and maple scraps from a cutting board project I completed last year, and the walnut was extra from my bed frame project (original design of mine, coming soon). The asymmetry came from the fact that I got a little excited planing the sides (whoops). But after that, it was smooth sailing aside from the fact that I had to saw off most of the waste by hand while in a hurry, but all the final shaping was done by my little hand belt sander, which tried to eat my shirt a time or two (user error and safety violation, but guess what, I did this entire project shoeless too so lets not pretend safety is my specialty). I hand sanded to 320 after the belt sander and used 0000 steel wool afterwards. By this time it was about 4:00 A.M. Christmas Morn, so I did forget to get pictures of them with the mineral oil on them, sadly enough. They looked great. If anyone’s too interested, I can probably get pictures of them with oil on them. All in all, a fun project, and I think I’ll make a few more for my aunts before we visit them for new years, this time solid wood (hopefully) though.

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#1 posted 12-26-2015 08:19 PM

They look great and hand made gifts always have a special place. Nice job.

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#2 posted 12-26-2015 10:59 PM

They look good. I bet they were well received.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 12-27-2015 03:50 AM

Beautiful spoons

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#4 posted 12-27-2015 05:19 AM

Thanks for all the kind words, guys! Nice to hear something other than “those look very nice, how smooth” from my slightly clueless mother and sisters, who were quite confounded by the idea of big wooden spoons

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