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Project by ChuckV posted 794 days ago 1856 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s difficult for me to make anything for my family that would be a surprise. I wanted to make something for my wife’s upcoming birthday. She went out of town for five days, so that was my chance. I was not sure if five days would be enough for the Queen Anne highboy, so I decided to go for something a little more modest instead: salad utensils.

I found a design that I liked here:
http://www.ironwoodgourmet.com/Utensils/Large-Salad-Utensils.html

I made a cutting board a few months ago. There were some good pieces of maple and black walnut left over for this little project. This is the laminated block that I made up from the pieces I had:

This is after cutting the wavy shapes on the bandsaw:

One thing that really helped with this project was to save the waste pieces from the wavy cuts on the bandsaw (see the photo above). I used these to provided a flat surface to place on the bandsaw table when cutting the actual shape of the pieces. Also, there were times that I wanted to clamp in a vice, and having those waste pieces around came in handy. Now they look like this. I’m saving then as templates.

Right after cutting the actual shape on the bandsaw, I had this:

The pieces are about 10” long and 3” wide.

I finished these pieces the same as the cutting board, using Salad Bowl Finish from General Finishes.

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





10 comments so far

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PurpLev

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#1 posted 794 days ago

hmmm… I still think you could have made that highboy… ;)

Chuck, these looks awesome. the finish looks very good. how many coats did you put on it?

I did the same thing with the wavy cuts and keeping the offcuts to use as a clamping cauls that follows the curves when I made the leg vise on my bench, these off cuts sure come in handy and should be kept until project is done (at least)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Roger

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#2 posted 794 days ago

Very nice. Like the wood combos. I’d need a spoon that size fer my ice cream fix every night.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Dave

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#3 posted 794 days ago

Chuck salad forks fit for a king. Your wife should be proud. Nice job.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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ChuckV

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#4 posted 793 days ago

Thanks for looking and the kind comments.

Sharon – I applied four coats of finish. It will be interesting to see how the finish stands up to usage. Our garden is doing great this year, so we are having lots of salads.

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

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vipond33

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#5 posted 793 days ago

Chuck, these are very nice pieces, I love the insignia, great photo’s too.
And, uh, your workbench looks suspiciously shiny and unmarked. Do you have a
a real user somewhere else?
gene

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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jaykaypur

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#6 posted 793 days ago

Beautiful pieces. Great job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 793 days ago

Chuck, you did a fine job on these utensils and I’ll bet that you really did enjoy it too.

helluvawreck
https://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Jorge Velez

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#8 posted 793 days ago

I like the way those come out!

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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majuvla

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#9 posted 792 days ago

Awsome project.Thanks for posting ’’how to make’’ process.Realy inspireing.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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SergeantSawDust

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#10 posted 792 days ago

That is very cool.. Put that on my to do list.

-- Woodworking for the hobbyist woodworker. http://sergeantsawdust.com

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