Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Handmade Oven Rack Pulls - Tutorial Tuesday



Rebekah and Bridgett my good friends from All Thingz Related, spotted one of my oven keys in the background of my Welsh Love Spoon Tutorial yesterday. You just can't get anything past those two! After they emailed be about it, I thought it might make a good post. So here we go, on my first Tutorial Tuesday!


If you have never used an oven pull before, they are pretty nice to have around. It beats searching for oven mittens and potholders. My hands are generally wayyy too big for oven mittens anyway.


I looked around at different oven pull designs before making one, and most of them were little more than a stick with a hook in the end. I wanted something that would look good on the kitchen counter, that I could keep at arms reach. So, I decided to design my own. I drew up a few designs, and ended up with one based on a victorian key. This one I made out of 3/4" solid maple. It is about 11" long.


First, I drew out the design on graph paper.


Then transferred the design to my wood.



Then cut out the design with a scroll saw.



Sanded it until it was smooth as a baby's bottom.



And then applied pure food safe mineral oil as a finish.



Quick, easy, cheap, and painless.






Here is another original design of mine using a fleur di lis for inspiration. This one is out of solid walnut.


For those of you who are unfamiliar with a scroll saw, they are about as safe and fun a power tool as a person can own. I have several examples of scroll saws in my online store. Just click here if you would like to see one.


I hope you enjoyed this short little tutorial. Please feel free to comment or ask questions.

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22 comments:

{All Thingz Related} said...

I love them both but the Victorian Key is my favorite! This is such a clever idea and I love it! It reminds me so much of the work you'd see at one of the artisan shops Tennessee (one of my favorite places to visit). It's just great! I'm so glad you shared this at our Anything Related party!
~Rebekah

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Love this idea and the huge skeleton key is great! Now to make one.

Creations By Cindy said...

What a great idea and good job. Be blessed. Cindy

Debbie said...

I Rory, I am glad you found my blog! I am now following you as well, and look forward to perhaps learning a thing or two or three! Have a great day!

Suzanne said...

I've always used a big spoon, but these keys are much more fun to look at. They probably work better, too!

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Room to Inspire said...

What a fabulous idea - I especially love the fleur! I am always the one burning myself or something else in the process. Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired today.

Chelsea

Sachiko said...

I love this idea! Thank you for coming over to my link party!

Kim @ seven thirty three said...

What a great idea! And I love the skeleton key.

THanks for linking up with Sugar & Spice.

Karen said...

What a good idea! Everyone needs one of those.

Jingle said...

This is such a fabulous idea!

Zemphira ~ Scatter Art. said...

I totally needed one of these today.

Andy Porter said...

Very cool!

TidyMom said...

What a neat idea!! I LOVE it!
Thanks for sharing and linking up to I'm Lovin'It! Have a FABULOUS weekend!

Kristi Flanagan said...

Over the top creative girl! Thanks for planting your creative seeds today at Plant a Punkin Seed Party!

Kristi
Punkin Seed Productions

Fawnda said...

Beautiful! Great job! :)

Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue said...

I don't think I have ever heard of an oven rack pull before but I have used spoons and forks that were laying near handy :) This is a fabulous idea!

diedouchka said...

I do not understand the use of this tool to Miss oven n'aurriez you have a picture, please?
I find dns superb cuisine, but I do not know the entire ps utilistion
thank you.

diedouchka said...

je ne comprend pas l'utilisation de cet outil pour lle four, vous n'aurriez pas une photo, s'il vous plait?
je le trouve superbe dns une cuisine, mais je ne connais ps du tout l'utilistion
merci.
I do not understand the use of this tool to Miss oven n'aurriez you have a picture, please?
I find dns superb cuisine, but I do not know the entire ps utilistion
thank you.

Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! said...

Hello Diedouchka,

Thank you for commenting about my oven rack pull. It is used for pulling out a hot oven rack. The larger end is used as a handle. The smaller end hooks onto the oven rack. You can also use the oven key to push the rack back in. It helps to keep the cook from burning her hands. I apologize for not having explianed the use of it better in my post. Rory

Stephanie Lynn said...

What a fabulous idea. I think these would make fabulous wall art too! Great craftsmanship! Well done. ~ Thanks for linking to the Sunday Showcase. ~ Stephanie Lynn

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

So cool! Great idea!