Several folks have sent me PM's asking whether they have permission to make my cracker holder and also how I do it. Yes they do, and here are a few pics of how I do it in case others are interested. I resized all the pics so most are 100K or less, so even dialup shouldn't have a problem. Many steps are missing but obvious, like sanding etc. Not sure how many pics I can insert in one post, so I'll split it into two.
I make almost all my own lumber from blowdowns and found logs, so I start with rough stock. First I get them into roughly 4 ft long, 6-7 inches wide and 5/4 width using the radial arm and resaw bandsaw.
After jointer one face, planer to 1 1/8 and jointer one side I rip into 2 3/8 stock on the table saw.
Mark the stock with a template and then bandsaw to within about 1/8 inch of the finished product.
This is the jig I built for making a ton of these at a time. The large wooden nuts tighten the template down onto the bandsawn blank and then it's run again a spiral upcut pattern bit on the router table to get the exact handle dimensions. If you're only making a few of these of course this jig is not necessary, you can clean up the bandsawn surface on an osc spindle sander or even by hand.