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Cheese plane with Pink Ivory handle

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I’m not sure this photo really does justice to the Pink Ivory handle. This handle was not stained or dyed, but was sanded on the lathe up to 400 grit. I brought it home and applied about six coats of Minwax Gloss Wipe-On Poly to it. After about two coats, the handle started to take on a beautiful deep pink, creamy appearance. So I kept on wiping. The Cheese Plane parts are stainless steel, from Craft Supplies.

This has made such a hit with SWMBO that she has requested Pink Ivory handles for a carving set (long knife and meat fork) that is in the works. I’ll take her to Woodcraft soon to pick out the wood.

Part of the marketing hype for Pink Ivory, an African wood, is that its ownership was once restricted to kings, and violating that restriction was punishable by death. That probably explains the high price.

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





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sras

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#1 posted 1377 days ago

Found this while looking at past projects. Amazing piece of wood there – surprised no one commented on this. I have never heard of Pink Ivory before – very nice. (A belated) thanks for sharing!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Tom O'Brien

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#2 posted 1377 days ago

Steve,

Watch this space. I bought another bit of Pink Ivory that I plan to make into handles for a carving knife and fork. I put the wood and the parts under the Christmas tree last December, as a gift for my wife. She said she hoped she wouldn’t have to turn them herself!

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

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#3 posted 1377 days ago

Tuesday I was turning a cheese platter with stone insert, and I managed to get a catch and gouge a big hunk out of the piece. The place where the hunk came out is a design opportunity, and I hope to shape it into a finger lift. When it’s done, I will post “before” and “after” pics.

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

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