|Project by Scott Oldre||posted 11-21-2012 03:06 AM||1114 views||3 times favorited||5 comments|
We’re having Thanksmas this year since my son and his wife and their son are visiting for the traditional Thanksgiving. We don’t see each other but maybe once a year, so we try to get all the holiday bases covered while we can.
My new Daughter-in-Law had been to Williams and Sonoma and had seen a kitchen utensil holder made out of wood there that she hoped I could make. I really had to rack my brain to find a chunk of wood large enough to do the job, and couldn’t find anything at my local woodmart that was even close to that size. Fortunately a neighbor had cut down one of his Bradford Pear trees last year and I had gotten a few log chunks from him that I’d cut into various sized semi-straight chunks. I was concerned about the moisture content and cracking, but had no choice so went for it with one of the crotch pieces. Turned out fabulous, but I really have to get myself a long bar to support the EZwood tools cutting that deep. Really hard to keep it steady more than 4.5 inches in. Since I assume she’ll be using it, I simply doused it with mineral oil a couple of times and the color looks good to me. It was sanded to 600 prior to the oil treatment.
There was also talk about a wooden spoon. Something I’d never tried before. I had a chunk leftover from the big Cherry burl bowl projects, and I roughed the shape out on the bandsaw, then chucked it up and turned the handle. The bowl of the spoon was a lot of dremel, 46 grit grinder disks, and finally stepped through 80, 120, 220, all the way up to 600, hand sanding and shaping. The shape to me looks like the perfect soup testing spoon. Oiled this one too and the colors matched very well.
It’s now in the box and they arrive tomorrow. Whew, another one just under the wire.
Have to say, I do love the hand shaping of the spoon, and it gives it more of a rustic, yet smooth as glass a feel. Something you can’t buy at walmart.
Lastly I burned My intitials, which also happen to be her initials into both pieces.
Hope you all like them.
-- Scott, Irmo SC