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Thread: My Nut Cracker

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    My Nut Cracker

    When I was a kid, every Christmas my Mom would get out this bowl she had and fill it with mixed nuts (in their shells). I don't remember whom she got the bowl from, but someone in the family must have made. I remember it was made out of Cherry. Anyway, my son gave me a nice chunk of Black Walnut for Christmas. I was looking at it the other day and thought of that old bowl. I decided to try to make one. This be it. I also make a little mallet to go with it to crack the nuts with. I put Oak inserts on the ends of the mallet and on the pedestal in the bowl because the BW is pretty soft to be cracking nuts with.
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    That's neat. I don't think I've ever seen anything like that...
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    Very nice Paul. I love the look of it.

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    Getting the bag of mixed nuts was/is a tradition in my family as well every fall... i need one of those for sure!

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    Looks great, Paul. The oak inserts were a good idea.
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    Neat idea. The oak should make it work well.
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    Very unique project Paul!
    Great looking BW.
    Well done.

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    Very nice Paul!

    I had to look twice at that bark inclusion.....thought you missed the center with a swing
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    Now we're talkin'! I think that's what my [Whats-It Tray] wants to be when it grows up.

    Great job!

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    Nice Paul My Mom had one that looks a lot like the one you made.
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