Hands up if you’ve ever went to serve a pie or cake and ended up having to messily use a knife to serve it because you have no other utensils worthy of completing the task? We certainly have, and that’s why this project using our ABS plastic is incredibly useful – as well as fun!
Have you ever wondered about the history of pies and pie cutters? No? Neither have we. Fortunately, you’re in luck and we’ve found an awesome article. that details the history of pies more than you ever though you wanted to know. If you don’t care about the pie, but came here only to read about the pie lifter (yeah, right), then this short blog by Beverly Bremer Silver Shop should pique your interest. One of the first patented cases of a pie lifter can be found here and is from all the way back in 1926. If you’ve made it this far without going pie-eyed, let’s dig in to our project! This week’s Alternative Tuesday segment from the Acutabove Woodworking channel is to create a colored pie lifter sure to raise some intrigue among guests. This project is very simple and you should be able to complete it in under an hour if undisturbed (easier said than done, I know!).
Preferably, you will need:
ABS Plastic Block (any color)
A few other general items such as a ruler, pen/pencil, square, clamps, etc.
Ken uses a table saw to cut the block into a thin strip. He takes his time to create a template on the sliver that will ultimately be the pie lifter. Once drawn out, he uses a scroll to cut the details into the part. A scroll saw is perfect for this application as it allows for easy maneuvering and control. Next, Ken uses a belt sander to create a taper on the edge of the part to give it a bit more shape and prevent sharp edges. Ken finishes the part by clamping it in a couple of position and using a heat gun to soften the plastic and allow it to bend.
Ken wasn’t sure if he was going to have a chance to test his new creation, but his lovely wife pulled through and made him a pie just for that purpose! For science.. right, Ken?
Be sure to check this channel out regularly for episodes using Plasti-Block™ plastics and get inspired by Ken’s creativity!
Upcoming Plasti-Block™ Themed Episodes
Nov 20th - Making an Egg Cup
Nov 27th – ABS Artwork Dec 18th – ABS GoPro Camera Mounts Jan1st – ABS Checker Board
The ‘Alternative Tuesday’ segment is a twist and exciting addition to the Acutabove Woodworking channel that was previously dedicated to woodworking. We are excited - along with Ken - to show the benefits of working with plastics.
Plasti-Block™ materials offer rich and vibrant colors that will not chip or fade quickly, are resistant to water and many chemicals, and enable you to build projects that are not very practical with wood or other materials.
Kennyearrings1 has many creative and inspiring ideas and will show you how to make a variety of your own personalized items such as kitchenware, keepsakes, and many more.