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I used a fallen branch I found on a local trail (beech, I think - a really, really hard wood!!) and will provide in-progress pictures as I can - it took me quite a while to finish these due to availability constraints - I wanted to put the SC state symbol on the backs, but lack the wood carving skills at this time(! maybe on the second set? ;-). I ended up cutting the blanks you see in photo 3 in half length-wise to get more comfortable handles - then finished with a food-safe product. The spouse wanted no fork-tines. (made use of a couple card scrapers, too) The last pic shows the ones I made next to a bamboo set we have already - fun!
Canning and Preserving Class
Making Perfectly Straight Cuts
Drilling Perfect Holes
I, too, made a measuring error on the first 'top' and had to re-do it (put the holes too near the ends - not enough room to butt the sides under). I used the poly on this piece, too, to seal it. The spousal unit likes the end product, though!Thanks!
I used an old piece of 4x4, so it came out rather dark (and checked!) and I did smooth out the slightly off second cuts (but they still show a bit - character, right?), but I like it!for what it's worth, I made a template of the pips (one template with 9 holes - so I get 6s, 4s, and 2s rather separated ;-)
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