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Project by hairy posted 01-01-2012 03:40 PM 1508 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Doing the research for this project was the fun part, and also the reason for my New Year’s resolution.

It’s a place to hide things, a special place for a special object, a memory box. For a special person.

It started out simple enough, 2 sycamore bowl blanks, 1of walnut, 1 Douglas Fir leftover from a waterbed frame years ago, and a short piece of taphole maple board.

First thing was to turn the 2 bun pieces to the same rough size. Next up was turning the burger section to size and creating a glue joint.

For the cheese, I drilled a hole in the blank, and glued a dowel halfway in. That way I could reverse it in my chuck, going back and forth cutting the inside and outside to rough shape.

Now I started to get the cheese to look like it’s melted . I used a coping saw and files for most of it. I kept setting it in place and checking the look until I got what I was after.

Now to cook the meat. I used a big rasp to rough the edges. At times I would hold the wood in one hand and the tool in the other, and then I would lay the tool on the workbench and just beat it. I used the teeth and the edge of the rasp. I used a soldering iron to make burn marks.

I painted the cheese with acrylic paint. I really wanted to use a wood in it’s natural color. All the yellow woods I have used turn brown. Any input here is greatly appreciated.

I glued the lower bun, the burger and cheese together to hollow the inside. I made sure to stay inside the glue joint on the lower bun.

I’m always cautious when I cut the cheese, but I was really on alert this time. A catch here would mean starting over. I got my skews good and sharp. made a clean cut , and it was easy going after that.

With the bottom hollowed it was time to fit the lid. It is a tight fit here, but it loosened after sanding. I did not want a tight lid.With 3 woods at different thickness I wanted to prevent trouble down the road.

I made a jam chuck to clean up the top of the bun. A tenon on the bun is a tight fit into a recess on the chuck, with doublesided tape inside for backup. I keep tailstock support as long as possible.

I used hand tools and a dremel to shape the buns and remove the chuck hold. After gluing the burger to the plate I put on some red acrylic for catsup, and later a finish of wipe on poly.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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#1 posted 01-01-2012 03:45 PM

ha ha ha this makes me feel hungry esp the melted cheese ( or myonise maybe).
Really very nicely done, great turning work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 01-01-2012 03:46 PM

That is wonderful. The smile in the last photo says it all.

Happy New Year!

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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#3 posted 01-01-2012 03:50 PM

That is awesome ! Very nice turning project. Great job !

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#4 posted 01-01-2012 03:56 PM

very creative Harry. now I’m hungry

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#5 posted 01-01-2012 04:25 PM

Looks like a dieter’s meal! Great job,it looks so real.

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#6 posted 01-01-2012 04:40 PM

Now that’s a burger well done…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#7 posted 01-01-2012 05:09 PM

If you hadn’t taken the pics, I never would have believed it.

That’s just awesome !!!

-- -- Neil

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#8 posted 01-01-2012 05:09 PM

and ….

”I’m always cautious when I cut the cheese”

Words to live by, my friend.

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 01-01-2012 07:07 PM

Awesome idea, detail and execution! The cheese and burger detail really make it stand out. Had to laugh about the cutting the cheese comment.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#10 posted 01-01-2012 07:26 PM

This is way cool, a real fun project.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 01-01-2012 07:27 PM

Totally love it. Making me hungry;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#12 posted 01-01-2012 07:50 PM


-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 01-01-2012 08:12 PM

Congratulations on yet another food-related project! An incredible (and almost edible!) idea for a child’s keepsake box! Outstanding!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#14 posted 01-01-2012 08:17 PM

Really neat, thanks for posting

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#15 posted 01-01-2012 11:13 PM

Happy new year Hairy, hey you’re at it again with another way cool project, you come up wiyh some real beauties,
well done :))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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