Pig Tail Food Flippers in Bubinga

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Project by Tom O'Brien posted 12-25-2009 02:18 AM 1302 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Pig Tail Food Flippers in Bubinga
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My Son-in-Law and his dad are both avid grillers. I made these for them for Christmas gifts. Both handles are made from Bubinga. The one at the top in the picture is unfinished, just sanded up to 320 grit. The one at the bottom is sanded up to 320 grit and then finished with a woodturner’s polish product. It has a nice gloss to it. The decorative grooves are blackened with the edge of a plastic-laminate sample from the home center.

These were turned on a new (to me) Jet 1014 Mini Lathe. I bought the lathe and a bunch of tools and accessories from a fellow church member who had to give up turning for health reasons. The machine is 10-12 years old but in excellent shape. All I have done to it is lap the bed and the tool rest edge to a mirror finish. This little lathe is a joy to use.

-- Every project is a learning opportunity, every error a design opportunity

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#1 posted 12-26-2009 01:29 AM

Great gift ideas and the handles look really nice!

-- Joanne, New York,

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Monty Queen

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#2 posted 12-26-2009 04:15 PM

Awsome job, looks real good.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#3 posted 12-26-2009 04:45 PM

Great looking tools. I’ve got one from somewhere are they are handy tools. I definitely like the better wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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Tom O'Brien

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#4 posted 12-26-2009 07:52 PM

I bought a mesquite-handled flipper from another woodworker at the Texas Mesquite Show. He had lots of variants, including a left-hander. The one I bought from him has a leather thong hanger and a very attractive turquoise band inlaid around it. I like the tool and I made the design to be mostly comfortable. I’m awaiting reviews from the new owners.

-- Every project is a learning opportunity, every error a design opportunity

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