Recipe holders and a potbellied penguin

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Project by hairy posted 08-31-2011 04:11 PM 1610 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got to thinking about making these a while back during dinner at Outback Steakhouse. They use holders like these for drinks or dessert menus or something.

I posted a question concerning building these. I’m one of those guys that is braindead about angles. I also have tunnelvision. I get locked onto an idea, and need a way out at times. Thanks, Viktor!

I was in trouble trying to figure out the angle to cut the bottom. Angles and math are tough for me. Then I realized that if the sides were the same length, I had to be close.

In the end, I got a new bandsaw blade (Carter 1/2” x 3tpi- awesome!) and did the rest with handtools. I’ll think more about jigs if I make more. I want to see how these go over first.

My starting point was the paper, I could make the wood fit it. These are Avery post cards, 4 and 1/4” x 5 and 1/2”. Then making the menus fit the paper. And laminating them. Lots of ways to screw it up, and I found most of them. I’m not finished with all the menus yet, I’m still adding more.

They seem to function very well. It’s a good angle for viewing when cooking. When you want the next page, turn it over and flip the holder around to the other side.

Mahogany 5 and 3/4” x 7 and 3/4” wipe on poly finish.

I had a little piece of walnut. I thought I saw a penguin in it. He’s got a beerbelly, Sasquatch’s feet and a funny looking head. My kinda guy! 4 and 1/2 ” tall, spray lacquer finish

-- My reality check bounced...

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#1 posted 08-31-2011 05:00 PM

I like how the sapwood worked out on the penguins belly he looks very distinguished.

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#2 posted 08-31-2011 07:39 PM

I like both projects… The walnut sapwood is very well positioned on the penguin adding to it’s appeal. You may also consider changing your recipe holders a bit if necessary to also serve as 4X6 photo displays. That way you get an alternate use for them and it will also allow you to add a photo of what the finished recipe is supposed to look like.

-- - No design is perfect - That's why pencils have erasers -

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#3 posted 08-31-2011 08:01 PM

I love the penguin!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 08-31-2011 10:08 PM

Very cool projects. I saw the menus at Outback and thought about making a couple myself, but I wasn’t sure why. I think you found a good purpose for them and they look great.

The penguin is just perfect. That sapwood belly is magnificent.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 09-01-2011 12:35 AM

cool ! gotta luv the wood BUD

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 09-01-2011 03:18 AM

The penquin looks a lot like one of my relatives.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#7 posted 09-01-2011 03:32 AM

Neat project!

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#8 posted 09-01-2011 05:57 AM

Very nice holders
My wife likes them and the grand kids are all over the penguin.


-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 09-01-2011 06:13 AM

I saw that penguin’s family yesterday at the Monterey Bay Aquarium…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 09-02-2011 04:15 AM

what bout those “cheap sunglasses”

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#11 posted 09-02-2011 04:17 AM

Very Nice Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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