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Cakes knives with a cheese board

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Project by naked_wookie posted 03-16-2018 12:09 PM 1095 views 9 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last week I saw a few of these cake knives come across my pinterest/instagram feeds so I decided why not try making them myself!
The knives are about 13” long total.
Top one is walnut with a maple handle.
middle is roasted curly maple with a padauk handle.
and finally walnut with a roasted birds eye maple handle.
along with a cherry cheese board for product shots.
I really enjoyed making these! Especially the curly maple one! Was amazing seeing the grain pop as I was planing it!
All finished with clapshams salad bowl beeswax finish! The curly maple one I sanded and buffed to 4000 grit before I applied any finish.
Let me know what you think of them and any critiques you might have!
Thanks!

-- nate.





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Tennessee

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#1 posted 03-16-2018 12:25 PM

Fascinating! Certainly strong enough to cut cake. It might be a bit hard to get sticky frosting off of them by hand wiping. So they probably would get wet.
The only critique I would have, nit-picking, actually, is I think I would have tried to put in brass pins in the handles, like steel knives. Or even wooden pins. But they are beautiful as they are, that is for sure.

13” is a fair size, which is really cool. Not small at all. They look smaller in the pics.

I can see these as a beautiful wedding gift.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#2 posted 03-16-2018 01:38 PM

Nice work on the knives, presume they will be for cake not the cheese.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 03-16-2018 02:01 PM

Very Nice! I really like the one with a flame maple blade! Great Job!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#4 posted 03-16-2018 03:55 PM

Nice looking cake knives.

wcp

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#5 posted 03-16-2018 10:26 PM

Great job! How thick are the blades? Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#6 posted 03-16-2018 10:49 PM

Another entry into my ‘gotta try that’ file.

Well done!

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#7 posted 03-16-2018 11:10 PM

I agree with Snowbeast, I am definitely going to try and make a couple of these, hopefully as nice as yours. Great job.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#8 posted 03-16-2018 11:13 PM

VERY Nice…..GREAT Job!!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#9 posted 03-16-2018 11:51 PM

These are all unusual and beautiful. You did a great job building and finishing them. I really like this idea, thanks for sharing!

-- AJ

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#10 posted 03-17-2018 01:24 PM

These are gorgeous! I have been thinking about making a smaller knife like this for cheese (along with a cheese board). Do anyone know how these types of wooden knives would work on cheese?

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#11 posted 03-17-2018 01:36 PM

Very interesting and beautiful types of woods. I never thought that knives can be made of wood, but obviously for cheese will be OK.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 03-17-2018 04:25 PM


These are gorgeous! I have been thinking about making a smaller knife like this for cheese (along with a cheese board). Do anyone know how these types of wooden knives would work on cheese?

- splinterpicker

I had the same thoughts. I’d imagine it depends on the cheese being cut …. (yeah, I know…) And on the species of wood in the blade. For a true cheese knife, you could do some cool work with a scroll saw (or other tool of your choice) to create openings in the blade, too. Harder to clean, but easier to remove thin slices of cheese from the knife blade!

-TF

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naked_wookie

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#13 posted 03-18-2018 04:01 AM



Fascinating! Certainly strong enough to cut cake. It might be a bit hard to get sticky frosting off of them by hand wiping. So they probably would get wet.
The only critique I would have, nit-picking, actually, is I think I would have tried to put in brass pins in the handles, like steel knives. Or even wooden pins. But they are beautiful as they are, that is for sure.

13” is a fair size, which is really cool. Not small at all. They look smaller in the pics.

I can see these as a beautiful wedding gift.

- Tennessee


The pins are actually next on my list! I am working on getting a 1/4” dowel cutter so I can make nice wooden ones to contrast with the handles as I want.
As for cleaning the beeswax/mineral oil finish makes them very easy to clean.
Here is a video demonstrating it cutting a carrot cake log along with me cleaning it off with paper towel right after!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BgcrCGRlkhk/

-- nate.

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naked_wookie

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#14 posted 03-18-2018 04:05 AM

Thanks for the compliments everyone and thanks for the daily top 3! never been there before!
I personally believe if someone went to a shorter blade these would cut many softer cheeses, by no means a hard chedder but monterey jack and such I believe they should.
I plan on trying to build some cheese ones soon as well to try.
The blades start out as 1/4- 5/16” thick blanks and then I use my jack plane and block plane to shape the blade down to a fairly fine line.
After that I glue on the handle and shape it and do final sanding on everything and apply finish! takes me about 10 minutes to plane a blade now!

-- nate.

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