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ok here are the spatulas i made that go along with the walnut and maple tray
one is the walnut left from the tray, one is some scrap cherry, and the other is left over bubinga. I patterned them after one that we got as a wedding gift several years ago.
I made them with a band saw and an oscilating belt sander. They are finished with miniral oil.
The story behind them is, this past friday at a christmas party we played dirty santa. Someone brought a hand made spatula as a gift. It didn’t take long for it to be stolen so many times it was finally frozen. A lady at the party suggested I make her one. I had never thought about doing that, but made the attempt. We came home and I made 2, one cherry and one Walnut. My wife took them saturday when all the girls went shopping and ended up selling 5. So I ended up making 11 total Saturday. All out of walnut, cherry and bubinga.
What you can’t tell from the pictures is that the flat part of the spatulas are actually slightly curved up, to help with scooping. I’ll try and take a better picture

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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#1 posted 12-16-2007 04:22 AM

Nice, just posted that I’d like to see these after viewing your maple tray. Thanks. Hadn’t thought of this idea for scrap wood. Thanks for the idea. Keep em coming.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#2 posted 12-16-2007 04:32 AM

well cash it would look to me like all these fancy kitchen tools are gettin you invited to some pretty cool parties !! call me sheltered but i gotta ask , dirty santa ?? is there like a website for that sort of thing ? or maybe you could do a blog ? lol kiddin aside nice tools !

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#3 posted 12-16-2007 06:35 AM

Very nice, I really like the cherry one.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 12-16-2007 06:41 AM

It’s a great game and works even better with gag gifts. We played with a mix of regular gifts and ornaments, with a $10 limit.
dirty santa is where everyone brings a gift. Everyone draws a number. The person with #1 gets to pick and open a gift. #2 can either steal #1’s gift if they like it or open another gift. If a gift is stolen, the person who was stolen from gets to either open another gift or steal from someone else but not the person who stole their gift. This keeps going in order. You decide ahead of time how many times a gift can be stolen. After it reachs the limit on steals that gift is frozen and can no longer be stolen. At the end of the game whoever had the first draw (#1) gets to pick any gift that is not frozen, or keep the one that they have.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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#5 posted 12-16-2007 06:45 AM

Great gift and a way to make some money. Good tool hunting with you newfound riches.

-- 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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#6 posted 12-16-2007 07:55 AM

That’s the plan, If I had gotten this idea earlier, maybe that new vacuum press would be under the christmas tree by now. The ladies that want them are all giving them to there children’s teachers, friends at work, and stocking stuffers for in-laws.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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#7 posted 12-16-2007 10:01 AM

Great gift idea Joey.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 12-16-2007 11:02 AM

Very nice. I’ll have to try my hand on a couple.

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#9 posted 12-17-2007 08:29 PM

this is great. Thanks for posting it…

Now I can make my own—and make a left-handed one. (often utensils come with a slanted lip AND a scooped out bowl area—that are set up for right-handed people.)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 12-18-2007 01:31 AM

the first one that i made was left handed, by mistake. I didn’t even think about it being left or right. these are rounded for a scoop out.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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#11 posted 12-19-2007 10:00 PM

Took a quick stab at this while having a little insomnia last night. If you don’t mind, what was your process? I cheated and grabbed a stainless steel fork and spoon that you would expect to be used in serving salad. I used them for guidance. I cut the rough shape one the bandsaw and used sanding drums on my drill press to do some shaping. This made the handle fairly simple to shape. I have a difficult time invisioning the finished scoop within the blank. I cut or sanded away the obvious waste, but haven’t attempted to shape the scoop. Any tips or strategies, or is this one of those, “you can either see it or you can’t” type of things?

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#12 posted 12-19-2007 10:55 PM

It’s a shallow scoop. i draw the side profile out on some poster board and cut it out and lay that on the side of the bland and use it as a reference for shaping. It gets easier to see it in your mind after you do a couple. It’s not a big scoop though, just a subtle scoop. i have a rigid oscilating belt/drum sander, and i use the belt sander on it.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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#13 posted 12-24-2008 08:16 AM

Nicely done. Don’t tell them it’s scrap wood. They look wonderful.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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