|Project by JDBlades||posted 05-21-2012 03:51 AM||2311 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
I ended up with a bit of extra birds eye maple after making a full kitchen knife set for my parents, so to complete their set, I decided to use the scrap to make my mom a Mother’s Day present – an ulu, which is a traditional Inuit skinning knife. I bought a couple of these blade blanks a while ago and had been waiting to use some appropriately sized scraps. They’re great for slicing up fruit and vegetables, dicing herbs and greens, and chopping up meat. Also excellent as a pizza cutter. It’s a nice design, since it allows the user to get more weight and force directly over the cutting blade.
I rough shaped the wood, epoxied it onto the handle and got to work with a couple different power sanders, and eventually plain old sandpaper and elbow grease. I used a piece of red oak (stained with MinWax Red Mahogany) with a 10 or so degree slot cut into it for the base. Finish for both the ulu and the base consisted of a few coats of Tung Oil Finish. Mom’s happy, and generally when she’s happy, everyone’s happy.
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