|Forum topic by Jonathan||posted 03-04-2010 12:26 AM||3170 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
03-04-2010 12:26 AM
So I want to build a wooden butter dish in the next couple of months and have a few questions. I did a search on here for butter dishes, and maybe I missed it, but I couldn’t find anyone who had made one before, or at least posted about one.
We have a crystal butter dish that we currently use that we received as a gift for our wedding. The problem is, the lid does not have a handle on it, so every time I pick it up, I feel like I’m in danger of dropping it. So, since joining LJ and taking an interest in woodworking, I thought this might be a relatively easy, small project to knock out sometime.
My questions are:
1. I’m thinking about using walnut, as I really think it will fill the look I’d like to see. Any issues with this? Is there a wood that might work better? I don’t really want to make it out of maple, or if I do, I’d also like to have walnut mixed in with it, as I don’t want all light wood. These, plus cherry, etc. obviously work well for food contact situations such as cutting boards, but what about constant contact? This leads me to my second question…
2. Would a salad bowl finish be the best for something like this, or is there something better for contact with the fat (butter)? Again, I know this works for cutting boards, as do multiple other finishes, but I’m wondering about constant contact, as far as imparting any flavor or causing some sort of reaction?
I want to make it pretty simple for now. Probably just a rectangular tray to hold the butter, then a rectangular lid to cover the butter. And I most definitely am going to put a handle on this lid! I might do something like box joints, but I haven’t figured out the actual construction yet. I’m new to woodworking so really haven’t ever done anything like dovetails, box joints, biscuits, etc.
Thanks in advance for any answers to my questions, or any other ideas you might have related to building a butter dish.
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