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Celtic Knot Salt and Pepper Shakers

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Project by mdzehr posted 12-16-2018 08:42 AM 755 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About twelve years ago my daughter lived with and served developmentally disabled adults for eighteen months in a L’Arche community in Ireland. She still serves with the same passion here stateside. It was there that she fell in love with the Irish culture and I made her Christmas gift with that in mind incorporating the Celtic Knot into a Maple and Cherry salt and pepper shaker set. The knot was inspired by Rob Austin on his You Tube video.

I started with a 2” square cherry blank and cut a diagonal slot at 31.6 degrees through the blank except for 1/8” at the bottom. Then I glued in a Maple key, let it dry turned the blank 90 degrees and repeated the process 3 more times. Next step was to bore a 1 3/8” hole 5/16” deep in the bottom, then bore a 1” hole through the rest of the blank. Then I mounted the blank on a homemade mandrel and spun the blank cutting it to my desired profile. Once the sanding and finishing was completed I epoxied a metal protective tube inside the bore, epoxied the cap in place and stuck the plug in the bottom and one more Christmas gift is checked off the list.

-- Mike, Lancaster PA





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GLENNpm

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#1 posted 12-16-2018 08:45 AM

Very neat and a thoughtful gift. I imagine your daughter will love them.

-- Never stop learning.

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mdzehr

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#2 posted 12-16-2018 08:48 AM

Thanks Glenn! I’m sure she will.


Very neat and a thoughtful gift. I imagine your daughter will love them.

- GLENNpm


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#3 posted 12-16-2018 12:40 PM

I really like the profile and the placement of the cross. Some artistic talent there.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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lew

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#4 posted 12-16-2018 01:00 PM

Those are beautiful! Cherry and maple are a great combination.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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mdzehr

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#5 posted 12-16-2018 01:16 PM

Thanks Bruce!


I really like the profile and the placement of the cross. Some artistic talent there.

- johnstoneb


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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mdzehr

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#6 posted 12-16-2018 01:17 PM

Thanks Lew! I’m anxious to see the Cherry darken with age.


Those are beautiful! Cherry and maple are a great combination.

- lew


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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woodbutcherbynight

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#7 posted 12-16-2018 04:45 PM

Beautiful work of art!!

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

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mdzehr

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#8 posted 12-16-2018 05:29 PM

Thanks!


Beautiful work of art!!

- woodbutcherbynight


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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oldrivers

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#9 posted 12-16-2018 09:41 PM

Very nice! Good work.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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mdzehr

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#10 posted 12-16-2018 10:59 PM

Thanks!

Very nice! Good work.

- oldrivers


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#11 posted 12-17-2018 04:56 PM

Wow! Those turned out beautiful. Your daughter’s going to love them. Really nice work.

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mdzehr

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#12 posted 12-17-2018 05:21 PM

Thanks! I’m hoping she will as well.


Wow! Those turned out beautiful. Your daughter s going to love them. Really nice work.

- TWegs


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#13 posted 12-19-2018 11:13 PM

Mike , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.
A nice combination of wood for effect.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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mdzehr

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#14 posted 12-19-2018 11:45 PM

Thanks! I was hoping for more contrast between the Maple and Cherry and hope that will come as the Cherry ages. Might have to try walnut and maple for my next set.


Mike , nice job and congratulations on your Daily Top 3 award.
A nice combination of wood for effect.

- Grumpy


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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