Crouton Crusher

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Project by woodbutcherbynight posted 02-03-2016 09:04 PM 737 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So many of you guys make these I am always saying I need to make one myself. When my wife said it would be nice to have a hammer to smash croutons I finally got it done. The handle is made from a branch of dogwood a neighbor gave me a few years ago, the head from a small log of oak I have had forever kicking around the shop. This project convinced me I need a bigger lathe! With a max of 13 ½ inches the handle for me is too small for work in the shop but for my wife the right size. While I could make the handle from stock and shape it I find it easier with my wrist to have a round handle.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#1 posted 02-03-2016 09:23 PM

That is really cool. Love the dogwood handle. If mama is happy then everybody is happy! You are def gonna HAVE TO get a bigger lathe. Darn! (Laughing) If you have a bigger lathe then you can make more stuff for the wife, at least thats what I tell my wife. LOL Great job buddy

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#2 posted 02-03-2016 10:46 PM

Boy I bet those croutons splatter pretty good

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#3 posted 02-03-2016 11:23 PM

Thanks Hoss, first time I ever messed with Dogwood. Pretty unique looking stuff and I plenty left over so have to try something else with it.

Yeah I am waiting to come home one day and see a finger smashed flat like a pancake when she misses. LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 02-04-2016 12:53 AM

Tell her it’s a “Multi-purpose tool” she can crush her croutons and it’s also great for cracking walnuts, pecans and even the occasional errant husband when he aint doin’ what she told him to do !

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#5 posted 02-04-2016 02:31 AM

She tried some pecans outside on a table. Her cats came to investigate right up until the debris went everywhere after a full stroke! Was worth all the effort!!! LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 02-04-2016 09:08 AM

Nice , simple and efficient.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 02-04-2016 12:57 PM

Nice whacker.

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#8 posted 03-20-2016 02:52 PM

Nice! Not that many folks use Dogwood in their projects. I have used it on several and find it not so easy to work with, reminds a lot of Locust, likes to twist until it is seasoned. It does finish well and is a beautiful wood. I have made a few handles with it and even used it as an accent in a table top. Looks like I’m going to have to make me one of those.

-- Maddog Creations

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#9 posted 03-30-2016 02:18 AM

Great looking. The ease of use is wonderful. If you can raise it overhead, it will fall.

-- Enjoying life and making a difference.

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