Kitchen Project - It's skill building - not having. ;)

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Project by RadioActiveRich posted 01-23-2015 07:54 AM 1614 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Somebody here on this site said the smartest thing I’ve ever heard about woodworking. It was something like “It’s not skill having; It’s skill building.” That expression inspired me to do a whole bunch of projects that aren’t glamorous or fancy, but that help me with skills I don’t have. This project is one of them.

I took a bamboo set of kitchen utensils and traced them onto white pine which I then cut on the scroll saw before sanding into shape. The spoon also required using a chisel to hollow out. (New skill acquired)

The container to hold the utensils is something I’ve done before for other projects. Eight pieces of various types of wood ripped with a 21.5 degree bevel on each side. Then glued to form the cylinder. Drill press used with hole saws cut the top and bottom which are glued on before sanding. Easy peezy.

All finished with MinWax Natural 209 and then lacquered to make them food safe.

This project is one I worked on while the glue was drying on other stuff, but I have to say it really helped me in other ways. PLUS… I have a gift to give my Mom just because. It’s a win/win.

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#1 posted 01-23-2015 08:26 AM

Nice looking set. Well done.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#2 posted 01-23-2015 09:20 AM

I like this set. I agree, it’s all about making.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 01-23-2015 09:49 AM

They looking nice, but I don’t like that you have lacquered them. Instead I would have waxed them with Beewax og just olied them with oil ment for food.

-- Knappen aka Ole - I have to try everything at least once.

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#4 posted 01-23-2015 10:25 AM

@Knappen – Thanks for the compliment. As for the laquer, it’s one sure way to make sure the tools are food grade. Once the lacquer is fully cured, nothing gets past it. I’ve tried waxes and oils in the past, but I’ve been told they can turn rancid or begin to wear off. I don’t want any bacteria growing in crevasses.

Anyway, more than one way to skin a cat. ;)

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