Walnut Utensil Organizer

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Project by MassMatt posted 09-14-2016 10:34 AM 456 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s intimidating to post my own work after years of looking at such awesome projects done by you all. So I thought – I want something truly EPIC to be my first project. Behold the Utensil Organizer

One of my favorite things about wood working is building something that feels “just right” for our space. This replaces three ball jars to hold our cooking implements. The front face and right hand side are pieces of a section of crotch figure walnut I found at home depot (have also had some luck with birds eye maple) – since it’s priced by the linear foot, I took ~24 inches and this is what is turned into. The back piece and dividers were milled from some air dried black walnut that grew and was milled ~1 mile from my house. Finish is 5 coats of wipe on poly. My wife is pleased, and thus so am I.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-14-2016 11:42 AM

Nice holder and I agree it is great to make something special just to fit in the space available and to do the job for you.

Good thinking and keep the projects rolling!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 09-14-2016 03:55 PM

Nice project and fantastic looking walnut.

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Richard W. Hyman Jr

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#3 posted 09-14-2016 04:15 PM

Great looking holder. I definitely need to build one of these for the wife. Our utensils have been migrating from one place to another in the kitchen. :)

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#4 posted 09-14-2016 09:06 PM

Thanks all – really appreciate the encouragement and kind words. There’s something satisfying about digging through the recently added hardwoods at Home Depot to look for something cool – not really cheaper than my local hardwood dealer (by any stretch) – but the ability to get the 2-3 feet that are appealing helps capitalize on the value. Walnut I’ve found a few pieces that had some cool figure but seems to turn over a lot more slowly (at $9/linear foot for 1×6 you can see why when compared to maple’s $4/linear foot).

I showed my wife the project posting and that I made the “Daily Top 15” – she started laughing as soon as she saw the header of “Lumberjocks”. I reminded her that after surveying every guy she ever met – I was the best she could come up with – so really I should be the one laughing.

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#5 posted 09-16-2016 05:26 PM

Wait, figured crotch walnut and birdseye maple at HD??? Holy crap, around here we only have oak and poplar and pine.

Nice job, by the way.

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#6 posted 09-17-2016 12:21 AM

Scott M – it’s awesome! They recently (6-12 months) added some species to hardwood supply at some but not all of our local home depot (Walnut, Cherry are new adds, had Maple, Oak and Poplar both previously and now). Since they don’t sort out – if you dig through the bins you’ll on occasion find a prize. The walnut was handsdown the best thing I found but will occasionally find birds eye maple (recent acquisition was appealing because 1×6 – more often find 1×4). Not high yield enough to make a trip expecting to find, but a fun and occaisonally rewarding extra 5-10 minutes whenever I make a HD run

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