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Forum topic by therealSteveN posted 10-25-2020 10:23 PM 433 views 1 time favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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therealSteveN

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10-25-2020 10:23 PM

Hi all.

Below is a Holiday gift idea, that can be done on the cheap if you consider a SPF 2×4 comes in at 1 1/2” thick, and they are easy to rip 1” wide rips from. Or you can make cooler ones with either gluing up several pieces of 1 1/2” wide stock of different species, or a nice looking species by itself. Your imagination is your guide.

I made a bunch of plain Jane Hard Maple ones some many years ago. I gave all of the Women in my family, and life one as a kitchen helper, to aid in converting any recipe from 12 people, down to 1, or for 1 person up to 12. If you run into a US Navy cooks recipe for Chili, and it’s supposed to feed 500, well you’ll be needing a calculator.

Simple, quick, and so easy to use is why the Cooks love them. Pretty basic to make, so doing a few or a few Dozen is pretty simple work, so Woodworkers love em. Seriously I spent more time waiting on Shellac to dry then I did making them, and Shellac dries pretty fast, but then 40 years ago I was a LOT faster than now too.

Anyhow on to the jig. I ran into these back when I worked at ShopSmith, they were in Hands On, the free magazine SS put out a few times a year. Here is a pic of mine after almost 40 years. It originally had bright white copy paper, as you can see it’s somewhat yellowed, plus it got dropped, and part of the Dovetail broke off, so I dug out the info for it, and was going to make some for Christmas for all the new girls added to the Family since the original run, and some for new friends too. I thought, gee I haven’t seen this repeated anywhere, so I figured I’d drop it here. It’s too neat an idea to let it die.

My old version.

On to the plan. It’s of 3 different pages, so I am adding the links for all 3 in case someone has issues with their computer, phone, device, following links on a page. They will be the main page, that shows a pic, and tells about the build, and how to use them. It’s the most important page.

http://freekitchenprojectplans.com

Next is the detail page for the size of all the parts.

http://freekitchenprojectplans.com/Assembly_1.htm

Following that is the portion you have to copy for the label you put on the front, that allows you to see how much of an ingredient to use, and also is the scale to put the number of people the recipe the single numbers show, mostly to the right side and on TOP. Then you set the number of people you are actually making the recipe for on the BOTTOM. The ingredients will line up over each other, telling you the conversion in seconds.

http://freekitchenprojectplans.com/Assembly_2.htm

1 1/2” tall X 1” thick is your size on the plan, but if you are trying to showcase some special wood, you could allow for more wood, just remember the top, and bottom need to be applied in 2 pieces, at the cut line. BUT don’t cut the wood there, unless you allow for 2 x the height of your DT, to do after the rip.

Not sure if I typed that so it’s clear enough? If you plan a 1/2” DT, make it 1” taller, A 3/4” DT is 1 1/2” taller. Rip it in two, then do your DT. This is much easier than how the plan has you go, and it more easily allows you to use a smaller straight cut bit to route “most” of the stock out first, which is the smoothest way to route a DT track into solid wood.

Truth be told, you could do a Dado, and a tongue, and it would slide fine, just make sure to use the catch, or a tiny magnet, or every time you turn it, the top will fall off.

Enjoy. I hope I snare some makers, if you do, drop a pic here as well as a link for a Make post.

Santa returns to his shop….......

-- Think safe, be safe


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#1 posted 10-26-2020 12:54 AM

Sounds like a winner

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#2 posted 10-26-2020 01:31 AM

This would be a nice little kitchen addition. I asked my wife about it. She literally said this. “Naw, I just ask Alexa”. I guess it would be like having a slide rule instead of a calculator… then again you can ask Alex virtually any math problem and get an answer instead of a calculator. i.e. 2+2, or what is the cosine of the square root of the inverse of 348.

Then again. I am a fan of handmade gadgets like this.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#3 posted 10-26-2020 03:51 AM

I am not an Alexa user. Kinda scares me she would be in my house, sending out, God only knows??? I do know this is yards faster than a calculator for the same use.

I’m with ya on the handy gadgets thing too. I am our main cook, and I get it out most days I am going off a recipe. It’s just the 2 of us, and almost all recipes are for 6 or more. For most things I’ve been cooking all my life, so I know a lot of them, but you get into a few of them occasionally, and you are wondering is this food, or science?

-- Think safe, be safe

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#4 posted 10-26-2020 04:17 AM



I am not an Alexa user. Kinda scares me she would be in my house, sending out, God only knows??? I do know this is yards faster than a calculator for the same use.

I m with ya on the handy gadgets thing too. I am our main cook, and I get it out most days I am going off a recipe. It s just the 2 of us, and almost all recipes are for 6 or more. For most things I ve been cooking all my life, so I know a lot of them, but you get into a few of them occasionally, and you are wondering is this food, or science?

- therealSteveN

We have two of them. I swear that they talk about us behind our backs when we’re out.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#5 posted 10-26-2020 04:33 AM

LOL

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#6 posted 10-26-2020 04:35 AM



LOL

Me sitting here with a piece of electrical tape over the camera on my monitor. I refuse to be some sickos lab experiment….... LOL

- therealSteveN


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#7 posted 10-26-2020 04:35 AM

Double bubble post

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#8 posted 10-26-2020 01:09 PM


LOL

Me sitting here with a piece of electrical tape over the camera on my monitor. I refuse to be some sickos lab experiment….... LOL

- therealSteveN

- therealSteveN

I figure, if they’re interested in what’s going on in my house then they’ll be very disappointed and bored. I’ve been in technology both professionally and personally all my life. The amazon devices just have a flash memory of 60 seconds so that they can follow up on what you just last said in case you elaborate on it. When I’m in front of my computer sometimes I just look up, smile and wave in case someone is looking. With 7 billion people in the world I figure there’s boredom in numbers. I do keep track of my bank accounts though.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#9 posted 10-26-2020 03:44 PM

What a cool idea! I’ll have to see if the cooks in my family would like them.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 10-27-2020 06:52 AM

Steve all the cooks I have given one to, have loved them, and with making a bunch for new people I have a few redo’s for some folks who wore the paper off. I had all of them poly’d down, 3 coats even. That’s a sign of something getting used a lot.

This run, the folks I know to be regular cooks, I’m gonna take the papers over to a print/copy place and have them laminated before I poly them onto the wood blocks. I’m hoping that will increase the wear factor a bit.

On the yellowing, we have always kept the one I made for us in a cabinet, solid wood doors, so not in the light except the time it took to work out the recipe. Might be skin oils, if it is, it’s strangely even.

-- Think safe, be safe

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