Mother's Day gift - Salad Utensils

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Project by Tooch posted 05-12-2019 01:03 PM 980 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While I was looking online for inspiration for gift ideas for my mom and mother-in-law, one of my students came to me and asked me if I’ve ever made a wooden spoon before. Well, inspiration struck and this is what I came up with. It started out as an idea to use the CNC to carve out the spoon section, then I would cut out the rest on the bandsaw. I used a similar cutting path setup that I had done for these Mancala Boards , but something went terribly wrong and the bit crashed and flew out of the router at about 120 mph. I’m still not sure exactly what happened, it could have been the feed rate was too fast or the cutting depth was too deep. I didnt’ document with photos because, quite honestly, it was on Friday and I didn’t have time to spare.

I ended up changing ideas and going with salad utensils for serving tossed salads at parties and picnics. I had some 5/4” Cherry that was just begging to be used for something like this, so it worked out perfectly. I started by squaring up a board to 5/4”x4”x12” and then drew the top and side views onto the respective faces. Then I cut out the side profile on the band saw, which took some time for the blade to travel all 4” of the width of theses boards. The top profile went a little bit quicker, and then after that it was sand, sand, sand, sand sand, and then sand some more.

I rounded over most of the edges on the horizontal belt sander, and then spent lots of time palm sanding, and then hand sanding to get them as smooth as possible. I stole a technique I read about in a Wood magazine a few years ago and used a coarse thread screw to add the texture on the handles for the second set. Both sets are finished with several coats of Watco Butcher Block oil, which gives them a food safe, yet very durable finish (it takes a while for it to dry and harden, so its almost like a polyurethane, but obviously food safe).

I used to use Howards conditioner, but a colleague told me long this held up for him so I’m trying it for the first time.

Thanks for looking, and A Happy Mother’s Day to all of those special ladies who do so much for their kdis!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 05-12-2019 01:05 PM

They ate realy good, great gift and idea

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 05-12-2019 01:11 PM

Thanks, Ivan

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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woodshaver Tony C

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#3 posted 05-12-2019 01:56 PM

Nothing like a hand made Mother’s Day gift to put a smile on a Mom! Nice work Mike. I’m glad that flying 120 MPH bit didn’t find you!
Happy Mother’s day you all the ladies in your family and on Lumberjocks!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 05-12-2019 02:50 PM

Those look great. Love the design. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 05-12-2019 05:53 PM

Turned out real nice, I have trouble with forks! Love the Watco finish, my go to now for cutting boards!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 05-12-2019 05:56 PM

Beautiful, nice job!

-- Lynne, New Zealand - Crikey, Aussie is another country, Bro.

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#7 posted 05-12-2019 09:31 PM

Ooooooooooo Great gift, Mike!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 05-12-2019 10:21 PM

Thanks all for the nice words. Both Mom and MIL loved them, we even used a pair for dinner tonight!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#9 posted 05-13-2019 12:59 AM

Very nice Mike. We could of used a set of these at my sons house today.

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

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#10 posted 05-14-2019 08:49 AM

Interesting pattern embossing!

-- Regards Rob

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#11 posted 06-06-2019 12:45 PM

A cousin went on a trip and got me a pair of wooden utensils as a souvenir. I thought it was a cheap gift but it’s always the thought that counts. After a while, I grew fond of them because apparently food tastes better when eaten with wooden spoons?

-- Michael Maloney:

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