Cedar spatulas

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Project by JoeinGa posted 01-08-2013 11:29 PM 2148 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Someone gave me a few pieces of split cedar. He asked if I’d cut some slices out for his wife to put in a dresser drawer. I ended up with a few left over chunks and after seeing all the LJs making spoons lately, I decided to give it a try myself. This stuff is pretty soft and I thought it might be good for practice.

Above is one of the pieces I used and this is the 2nd chunk I had.

Now I dont have any carving knives and I dont have one of those electric shafts with cutting burrs on it. I wasnt sure how I was gonna make the bowl, but after I started slicing away with the bandsaw what I started “seeing” was not a spoon but I thought it looked more like a spatula.

After getting the basic rough shape cut out, I did all the rest with my Dewalt ROS. I started with 60grit, then 100, and finished it up with 220grit.

The pic’s in the gallery (above) is the first one, start to finish. I thought it came out “not too shabby” for my first time effort, So I figured I’d try again. Same scenerio, same rough shaping on the bandsaw, and shaping/sanding/finishing with the ROS. I didnt take pic’s during the making of the 2nd one, but here they both are. First pic is the topside, 2nd pic is the bottoms.

It’s kinda hard to see but in the top pic of both spatulas you can almost tell how I scooped out the blade on the smaller one a bit. The bigger one is pretty much dead flat top and bottom. Then I slathered them both up with butcher block treatment, and since this was a chunk of fresh-cut (like a month ago) it’s gonna be interesting to see if they dont just split and crack all over the place.

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#1 posted 01-08-2013 11:31 PM

Looks like fun good job Joe.

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#2 posted 01-08-2013 11:44 PM

Very neat idea! A little wider and you’d have a commercial “Pizza” spatula! Cool!

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#3 posted 01-08-2013 11:46 PM

Great job. IĀ“like those. I try to do one.

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#4 posted 01-08-2013 11:55 PM

I gotta say… for as rough as these are, I have less than three hours in BOTH of them. It they dont crack or split, I’ll be absolutely thrilled.

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#5 posted 01-09-2013 12:50 AM

Pretty cool project… let us know how they work out Joe

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#6 posted 01-09-2013 03:29 AM

oho! my BBQ nuerons just went haywire. guess I need to make me a few of these before my wife gets her hands on em for the kitchen

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#7 posted 01-09-2013 04:21 AM

I carve alot of cedar they will be ok if in the round cedar like to split and crack but when you cut it up like you did it’s will go no were most of the time and they look good for got to say that I have to show you all what I do with cedar some time I told one Lj I would and niver did and I know he will be reading this and know I’m talking about him lol

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#8 posted 01-13-2013 03:07 PM

Nice job I love turning raw wood….fire wood to some into useful things

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#9 posted 01-13-2013 03:13 PM

Thanks guys. After giving ‘em a 2nd bath in mineral oil I’ve left them sitting on the dining room table. So far I dont see any cracks or splits appearing.

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