When a design doesn't quite work out!

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Project by dansnow posted 12-15-2013 11:58 PM 1524 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So a customer ordered a custom pepper and salt holder for his catering business. Wanted it to go with his cutting boards that were alternating light and dark strips. (He didn’t know what kind of wood.)

So I came up with a design he liked, and started in. Layered alternating pieces of poplar and walnut, he didn’t want to pay for maple. After roughing it out on the band saw, and then a LOT of sanding, it was time for the lids.
Laid out the shape, and the pivot points, then off to the scroll saw to cut em out. Cut out the inlays for the S and the P, then assembled the lids to the base.

Oh Crud!!!

Turns out with the pivot in the center section as planned, the lids only opened about 2/3rds of the way open.
Now what.

After much chin scratching, moved the pivot 1/4 way around the lid, and where the center pivot hole was, will be filled with a low profile knob and that will be the new location for the rare earth magnets to keep things closed.

As to why it reads P-S instead of S-P??? Don’t ask.

Still a bit more sanding then interior will be finished with butcher block finish, exterior with lacquer.

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 12-16-2013 12:18 AM

Hey, good recovery. That is a sign of a good woodworker when he can save the piece in an instance like that. Just tell the customer it was planned like that.

Way to go Don

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

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#2 posted 12-16-2013 04:52 AM

Very nice cups.That’s why I love wood as material, you can always fix it in lot of ways.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 12-19-2013 04:11 PM

They came out really good. Like the stripes and the letters. Great job!

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