Walnut Napkin Holder

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Project by cajunpen posted 09-17-2014 02:10 AM 2532 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ran across a video on YouTube showing a guy making this Napkin Holder using his router table and an 8 sided Bird Mouth router bit. It looked interesting, so I ordered a bit and gave it a try.

I have to say, this one is not absolutely perfect, but for my first attempt I am quite pleased. I took some 3/4” Walnut, Pecan and Cherry stock, cut it in half and milled it down to 3/8”. Ran it through the router and applied 2 coats of Shellac and then two coats of Wipe on Poly. Bird Mouth joinery is glues up really nice

Here is a link to David Henry's video in case you are interested. The process is really interesting and fun to do – although precision is important.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#1 posted 09-17-2014 03:09 AM

That came out really nice Bill. Great for a first try using it.. This is the first time I have seen one of these bits…
How about making a box using it?

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#2 posted 09-17-2014 03:46 AM

Wow, that’s pretty cool. I may have to copy this. I need one. Good colors too Bill.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 09-17-2014 04:57 AM

Great looking Bill. I watched his video also.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 09-17-2014 08:52 AM

This was cool. Well done…. Great gift ideas….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 09-17-2014 10:41 AM

Nice design and love the walnut you used. Would look great in anyone’s kitchen.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 09-17-2014 10:49 AM

Very cool looking piece. I like it.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 09-17-2014 01:20 PM

looks good, unusual design, being enclosed that way.

-- Smitty!!!

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#8 posted 09-17-2014 02:45 PM

pretty neat design bill, those could make a nice little christmas gift. using lots of different woods, lots of variety…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 09-17-2014 03:02 PM

Looks great, especially for a first time construct. I’ve seen these Bird Mouth bits and a few suggested drawings for projects, but this is the first time I’ve actually seen a project using the bit. Thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#10 posted 09-17-2014 03:09 PM

Great looking napkin holder Bill, I like your wood selections.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#11 posted 09-17-2014 03:43 PM

Thanks for all of the comments, I really appreciate the kind words.

Greg – I have an 8 sided box in the clamps drying now, I will finish it and post the project in the next couple of days.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 09-17-2014 11:27 PM

Thanks for sharing. Will have to check out the video

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#13 posted 09-18-2014 12:18 PM

Gr8 Bill. That’ll look good on any kitchen table.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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