Chef Spice Shelf to Make

Here's a little spice shelf that any jigsaw enthusiast can produce in a hurry. As shown in the photograph, the shelf depicts a tiny chef standing in the doorway of his shop, with various spices on display in the windows.

Prepare a full-size pattern for the front piece on a sheet of paper at least 8" x 15" with the aid of 1/2" graph squares. Transfer the outline to a piece of 1/4" plywood measuring the same size as the pattern. The work of cutting this member to shape is done on the jig saw.

In order to remove the sections of stock to produce the outlines of the windows, door and chef, it will be necessary to bore a small hole within each area that is to be pierced. Through these holes the Read more

Novelty Horse Spoon Holder

This merry-go-round rack was designed for the display of six prized teaspoons or a collection of souvenir spoons. It makes a colorful little ornament for the china closet and can be lifted out bodily when desired to help decorate the tea table.

The holder is made entirely of  1/4" plywood. For the horses, four pieces 2 3/4" wide and 2 1/2" long are required. Draw a full-size pattern on paper with the aid of 1/2" squares, paste it on one piece of the plywood, nail all four to gether in the waste wood and jigsaw them to shape.

The two disks, which are 6" in diameter, can also be cut in one operation. When this has been done, separate them and lay out and cut the notches for the spoons in one of them; also a 1/4," x 2" mortise in the center through which the handle can be clipped.

The central support consists of two pieces 3" wide, one 4" long and the other 6" long. The smaller piece is left rectangular in shape and a notch 1/4" x 2" is cut in the center of one end as indicated. The other piece is jigsawed to the Read more

Wooden Beverage Tray Project

The beverage tray, accommodating glasses, involves a little more work than some of the other jig saw projects, but every bit of work will be well repaid through the long service of this tray.
The design for the end is shown on graph squares and should be enlarged on Read more

Wooden Key Rack to Make

A part from the keys on one's key chain, every home has a collection of keys for general use. Some of them are spares, some are for rooms that are infrequently locked and some are the only keys on hand and intended for all to use. Almost every key in these collections at some time or other has been mislaid, carried away by mistake, or has lost its identity, thus requiring many trials and errors before the right fit is found. This key rack, aside from its attractiveness and the sense of orderliness that it gives, prevents any of these troubles.
Each key has a large colored tag which at once prevents it from being hidden in the litter on the shop bench or Read more

Make a Chef’s Cutting Board

A French chef's knife is a wonderful instrument for cutting up vegetables for soups, salads or other culinary projects. The housewife usually finds that some cut pieces are always sliding off the board onto the table or the floor. To avoid this, she must stop often to gather up the pieces and collect them in a dish. Our modern-style cutting board Read more

Salt & Pepper Set – Lathe Project


This vintage salt and pepper shaker set also includes an oval stand to hold the shakers and also a "mustard pot". I would turn the "mustard pot" into a sugar bowl personally. The recommended wood for this set is rosewood or ebony.

To get the full directions for making the salt & pepper shaker set on your lathe, CLICK HERE

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