Salad Utensils

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Project by ChuckV posted 06-18-2012 01:45 PM 3094 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s difficult for me to make anything for my family that would be a surprise. I wanted to make something for my wife’s upcoming birthday. She went out of town for five days, so that was my chance. I was not sure if five days would be enough for the Queen Anne highboy, so I decided to go for something a little more modest instead: salad utensils.

I found a design that I liked here:

I made a cutting board a few months ago. There were some good pieces of maple and black walnut left over for this little project. This is the laminated block that I made up from the pieces I had:

This is after cutting the wavy shapes on the bandsaw:

One thing that really helped with this project was to save the waste pieces from the wavy cuts on the bandsaw (see the photo above). I used these to provided a flat surface to place on the bandsaw table when cutting the actual shape of the pieces. Also, there were times that I wanted to clamp in a vice, and having those waste pieces around came in handy. Now they look like this. I’m saving then as templates.

Right after cutting the actual shape on the bandsaw, I had this:

The pieces are about 10” long and 3” wide.

I finished these pieces the same as the cutting board, using Salad Bowl Finish from General Finishes.

-- "Melodies decaying in sweet dissonance." - I. Anderson

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#1 posted 06-18-2012 02:59 PM

hmmm… I still think you could have made that highboy… ;)

Chuck, these looks awesome. the finish looks very good. how many coats did you put on it?

I did the same thing with the wavy cuts and keeping the offcuts to use as a clamping cauls that follows the curves when I made the leg vise on my bench, these off cuts sure come in handy and should be kept until project is done (at least)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 06-18-2012 09:36 PM

Very nice. Like the wood combos. I’d need a spoon that size fer my ice cream fix every night.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#3 posted 06-18-2012 11:09 PM

Chuck salad forks fit for a king. Your wife should be proud. Nice job.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#4 posted 06-19-2012 12:26 AM

Thanks for looking and the kind comments.

Sharon – I applied four coats of finish. It will be interesting to see how the finish stands up to usage. Our garden is doing great this year, so we are having lots of salads.

-- "Melodies decaying in sweet dissonance." - I. Anderson

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#5 posted 06-19-2012 02:18 AM

Chuck, these are very nice pieces, I love the insignia, great photo’s too.
And, uh, your workbench looks suspiciously shiny and unmarked. Do you have a
a real user somewhere else?

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#6 posted 06-19-2012 12:48 PM

Beautiful pieces. Great job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#7 posted 06-19-2012 12:58 PM

Chuck, you did a fine job on these utensils and I’ll bet that you really did enjoy it too.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 06-19-2012 05:53 PM

I like the way those come out!

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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#9 posted 06-20-2012 03:42 AM

Awsome project.Thanks for posting ’’how to make’’ process.Realy inspireing.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 06-20-2012 12:28 PM

That is very cool.. Put that on my to do list.

-- Woodworking for the hobbyist woodworker.

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