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Project by CanalboatJim posted 12-02-2011 05:49 PM 1830 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are some projects that I have been working on this fall.

Pic 2 Oak end grain cutting board
Pic 3 Cherry and walnut tea box.
Pic 4 Cherry kitchen utensils
Pic 5 Cherry and walnut dog leash rack. ( Not a trophy !)

Before you think that I have too much time on my hands, the dog leash rack started life as the intended lid for the tea box. Of all the projects, the spoon took the longest time to make and was the most difficult to achieve pleasing proportions.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#1 posted 12-02-2011 06:33 PM

Great stuff.

I love the look of the Oak board, but isn’t the open grain nature of oak a problem for such things?

What did you use to scoop out the spoon?

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#2 posted 12-02-2011 06:42 PM

love the wooden utensils….are those hand carved? turned?

-- When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.”   Theodore Roosevelt

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#3 posted 12-02-2011 07:33 PM

Great projects Jim. All should be hard working and are definitely pleasing to the eye.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#4 posted 12-02-2011 09:27 PM

Like the dog butt leash holder!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#5 posted 12-02-2011 09:30 PM

Very cool projects .I was wondering if you carved the dog hooks ?


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#6 posted 12-02-2011 11:05 PM

Very nice. Ashamed now that I’ve been away from my woodworking for so long. You’re an inspiration. I like the cutting board for your attention to orienting the grains—almost a booked veneer look, no? The leash hooks a great save for the tea box lid.

-- Larry

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#7 posted 12-05-2011 04:49 PM

Thanks to everyone for your comments. I always look forward to the responses when I post a project.

To answer some questions;
Red oak is too porous for a safe cutting board. This one will be used as a big trivet for pots on the kitchen counter.
The doggy butts came from Ikea. I bought them as a joke and decided to use them instead.
The spoon and other utensils were cut out on the band saw, and shaped with a draw knife and spoke shave. The spoon bowl was carved with a small gouge from an inexpensive carving set I have. If I do more, I’m going to buy a bowl gouge.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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