Out of the scrap pile and into a gift #7: The Ultimate Kitchen Gadget (Part 1)

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Blog entry by sras posted 01-02-2012 05:05 PM 4856 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had the task of creating a light-hearted gift for my niece for Christmas. She is a chef and I wanted to use a theme of kitchen utensils. We use a $20 limit.

At first I was going to try something like a mobile, but that didn’t seem to have the effect I was looking for. Here is what I came up with …

Start out with some utensils (some out of the kitchen drawer some from the Dollar Store for a buck apiece). Strip off the plastic handles. The wood ones can be left alone for now.

Grab a piece of pine out of the lumber pile and make a piece for each utensil. (Can you guess what I am making yet?)

Get a piece of hemlock out of the lumber pile and some 0.1 inch thick oak strips.

Fiddle with the strips until you get a decent amount of deflection.

Set the strip into the hemlock at an angle that lets it bend to be parallel to the top edge.

Create a relief to let the strip deflect further. Round off the bottom edges.

Add some shape to the utensil holders.

How about now? Got an idea where this is headed?

I’ll fill in the rest of the details in the next post (Stay tuned ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#1 posted 01-02-2012 05:10 PM

And the excitement continues to build…....

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 01-02-2012 05:11 PM

Thanks Lew – I can tell you the gift was a big hit.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 01-02-2012 05:15 PM

are you making salad? ;)

this looks great. looking forward to the next installment

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#4 posted 01-02-2012 05:17 PM

I am guessing a sort of “swiss army knife” of gadgets. Looks promising.

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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#5 posted 01-02-2012 05:22 PM

Next installment coming soon. I had a lot of fun making this!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 01-02-2012 05:25 PM

A kitchen trebuchet? Shown are the objects de’launch.

A kitchen weather vane? Shown are the vanes.


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#7 posted 01-02-2012 05:29 PM

Hmm, a trebuchet – not this time, but that could be fun!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 01-02-2012 05:59 PM

A giant swiss army knife is my guess, too. The oak springs are a dead giveaway.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#9 posted 01-02-2012 06:13 PM

We’ve got some good guessers here!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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