Salad in December? Apparently so, but let's have cookies and a cookie jar too!

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Project by grace123 posted 12-20-2017 05:01 PM 2256 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

A day or so ago I posted a salad bowl I made for my daughter-in-law. Some of you reminded me that yes indeed, you do eat salads in December, so here is the best of all worlds: Salad and cookies!!! maybe not together, but you get the general idea.

I don’t have a lathe, but I do have a bandsaw, an angle grinder, and LOTS of sandpaper. I haunted the internet and books to see if I could imitate the “ring master” technique with my available tools. A ring master is a type of lathe that cuts rings on different angles that can be stacked to make bowls and other vessels.

To make the jar, I used a compass to draw circles and angled the table on my band saw to cut various rings. Cutting the outside of the ring was easy, just steer the blade and end up with a circle. To make the ring, I had to make a cut through the ring itself and then cut the middle out (think cutting the hole out of a doughnut). Then I glued the ring together resulting in an intact circle (like making a bandsaw box). I made a total of eight rings, stacked and glued them together, and sanded away. The base was very easy, just a circle cut at an angle. I used white pine for the jar.

The lid was pretty fun and easy as well. I bought a 2×6 piece of redwood. I glued two sections together to make a blank that was about 9×12 inches x 1 1/2 inches. I also glued pieces of half/inch redwood for final dimension of 9×12 x 2 inches. I draw circles with my compass. I cut the outside of the lid as a circle on my band saw at about 45 degrees and used an angle grinder to shape the inside. The lid is not perfectly round and has a few dips and irregularities that I placed to mimic a mushroom.

The top knob was a bit of fun. It is a frog, but perhaps I should call it a toad and say it sits on top of a toadstool. I cut it from a piece of poplar with a scroll saw and then shaped it with chisels and sandpaper. I worried that attaching the frog with glue might eventually break, so I placed a threaded insert into the frog and the frog is attached with a bolt.

And there you have it. Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we diet! Or better yet, Merry Christmas to one and all.

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#1 posted 12-21-2017 06:42 AM

Very nice contrasting coloured jar. The frogg is excellent and unique addition.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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