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Project by hairy posted 01-01-2014 08:42 PM 1116 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s something I can sink my teeth into. Made from some walnut I've had for a while. This will be my entry for the Winter 2014 Awards. In the past I have had trouble coming up with an idea to enter the contests, but not this time. This hit me all at once and I got right on it.

I drew the patterns onto the wood, cut with a bandsaw, then handtools the rest of the way, except for the bowl.

To make the bowl, I mounted the blank onto the lathe and turned the bowl before cutting to shape. I used 1/4” lag bolts to secure it to a wooden faceplate. Don’t even think about using drywall screws for something like this.

I cut down the thickness of all the handles so that I can pick it up easy if it’s laying on the counter.

This pic shows how it looked before applying the finish. This wood was steamed and kiln dried about 15 years ago. Air dried would have been better looking.

For a finish, Walnut oil. Food safe, and it tastes good,too. Because of this I finally know the secret ingredient of some great chicken salad that I have never been able to replicate.

I made some walnut/banana bread and some chunky walnut butter. There goes my New Year’s resolution on the first day.

I’ve often thought about making a board for the kitchen. My mother had this one in her kitchen for as long as I remember. I still use it.

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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#1 posted 01-01-2014 08:49 PM

Very nice. You may want to reconsider those lag bolts. They are likely good enough, but remember one simple wood/screw rule, softwoods take wider threads, and hardwoods take narrow thread. When you tighten a wide thread into hardwood, it fractures the wood causing more of a lag bolt situation, not truly screwing into the wood, whereas a thin or narrow thread screw will not fracture the wood and will grip many times better.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#2 posted 01-01-2014 08:59 PM

The faceplate is a softwood, construction grade lumber. The holes in the walnut were drilled bigger than the bolts. Thanks for the heads up.

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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#3 posted 01-01-2014 10:50 PM

Fantastic Hairy. Good luck in the contest

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

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#4 posted 01-01-2014 11:53 PM

Those look great and I love the little scoop.

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

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#5 posted 01-02-2014 12:05 AM

+1 Randy_ATX.

-- There's a crack in everything that’s how the light gets in - Leonard Cohen

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#6 posted 01-02-2014 04:54 AM

Nice job, Hairy. those lag bolts, aren’t letting that walnut go anywhere. but around…
Good luck on the contest!

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#7 posted 01-02-2014 05:39 AM

That is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 01-02-2014 11:46 AM

Good job. You will get good use from them.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 01-02-2014 07:39 PM

Way cool dude

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#10 posted 01-06-2014 05:39 AM

Good Project and well made and has eye appeal….....I also felt hungry looking at the Walnut Banana Bread.

You could say, it is a project good enough to eat!!!



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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