Turned Kitchen Scoops

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Blog entry by lew posted 12-01-2016 02:03 AM 2313 reads 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I’m down to making gifts for the nurses at my doctor’s office. I rarely visit the office for a “Sick Call” but I do take care of their computers. It’s always an inconvenience for the nurses when I have to interrupt their routines, so I try and make up for it by making each of them a little something every year.

My sister gave me this idea a couple of years ago when she gifted me a turned scoop and I’ve been meaning to make some ever since. I had some walnut and maple boards left from previous projects so they got glued into turning blanks.

Some were all walnut and some were walnut and maple combinations. Mounted between lathe centers, I turned a chuck tenon on each blank.

Over the years, I got tired of measuring the calipers every time I turned a chuck tenon so I made this quick little helper jig to make the measurements. One side is for the tenon, the other side of the jig is for measuring for the outside of the chuck mounting.

Sizing the tenon

As I was making a bunch of these, I do each operation to all of the blanks before moving on to the next step.

Next, removed the drive center and replaced it with the chuck and prepared to drill out the bulk of the material for the scoops. The first hole was just under 2” in diameter (my largest Forstner bit)

this hole set the depth of the scoop. Because I wanted the “back” of the scoop to be more rounded, I needed to also set the depth limit of that portion as well. I used my shop made drilling gauge to finish out the settings.

Finished drilling

The blanks were then remounted in the chuck in preparation for completing the insides. To assure the blanks get centered properly, I made a cone adapter that fits over the tail stock live center

Once securely chucked, The cone is pulled out and work can begin enlarging and shaping the inside. Each of the square blanks were slightly different dimensions, so every scoop was unique. I used an Easy Wood Finisher to create the concave back of the scoop.

I did sand the inside of each blank as it was shaped using my shop made ball sander. The ball sander is from Mr. David Reed Smith. You can read the free instructions here-

Once the inside was sanded, the outside of the blank was rounded, using the cone for support. I have several of these cones- of different sizes- and they really come in handy.

To be able to shape the outside of the scoops, I needed to reference to depth of the rounded “back”. A simple depth indicator does the trick.

(Notice the black indicator mark near the chuck end of the blank. I have gotten into the habit of marking my blanks with a reference mark that aligns with a reference mark on the chuck. This assures the blanks are always remounted in the same orientation in the chuck.)

The depth of the recess is transferred to the outside of the rounded blank.

The blanks are all marked and read for shaping.

Set the overall length, and shape the scoops

When I finished the shaping and sanding, I had 9 “bells” of which I forgot to take a picture.

Anyway, To convert the “bells” into scoops, I needed to cut each one on the bandsaw. Problem here was trying to safely hold each one and to be sure the cut was vertical across the scoop opening. To accomplish this I made a jig to hold the scoop. The following pictures describe the process-

This hole was drilled almost through the blank and then enlarged to match the average diameter of the scoops.

A piece of 1/4” plywood in tacked to one of the jaws of the wooden screw clamp and one half of the drilled block is also attached to that jaw. The opposite jaw with attached half block is free to move.

The jig and its’ base made it easy to cut the curved profile on the scoop opening.

All cut and ready for finish sanding

With the hot bee’s wax/mineral oil finish

Hope this answers some of the questions about how these were made!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#1 posted 12-01-2016 02:46 AM

Very neat and orderly process.
Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 12-01-2016 03:07 AM

i just love the lathe, and a skilled craftsman who does so well at making such functional and beautiful to the eye pieces, , very cool lew, now if you can make them work as measurement scoops , that would really be cool….they would go perfectly with a beautiful rolling pin i already have…...;)>

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 12-01-2016 03:13 AM

Great tutorial, Lew! Thanks for sharing. That foam ball sander link is appreciated as well!

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 12-01-2016 04:46 AM

cool Lew

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 12-01-2016 12:44 PM

Nice pictorial Lew.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 12-01-2016 01:03 PM

Thanks Lew. That was a fun read.
I like your cone tailstock holder pieces. I always have trouble remounting stock in the chuck. This cone and the black dot seems to solve this.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 12-01-2016 01:46 PM

-- Do NOT click links. Spammer in the process of being removed.

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#8 posted 12-01-2016 05:01 PM

Thanks for the blog…just have to get a lathe some day!

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 12-01-2016 06:12 PM

Great info Lew thanks for taking the time to put it together.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#10 posted 12-01-2016 11:34 PM

Jim- Thank You!

Bob- Thanks! I thought about trying to make sets for measuring but Christmas sneaked up on me this year.

Candy- Thanks! Mr. Smith really comes up with some great lathe accessories!

Karson- Thank You!

Roger- Thank You!

Steve- Thanks! You would think that a chuck would be perfectly symmetrical but I guess there are slight irregularities. The cones are easy to make- just have to be sure there is a snug fit over the tail stock center.

Cricket- Thanks for deleting the spammer!

Jim- Thanks! Maybe you’re better off without one. Those things are horribly addictive!

Ron- Thank You!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#11 posted 12-02-2016 12:24 AM

Thx for sharing buddy, great job

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 12-02-2016 10:17 PM

Thank You, Ken!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#13 posted 12-05-2016 03:07 PM

Thanks for sharing with us your ways.
Lovely too see you work.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#14 posted 12-05-2016 05:03 PM

Thank You, Mads!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#15 posted 12-05-2016 08:29 PM


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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