Ghosts of Christmas Present #5, Cherry coffee anyone?

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Project by scottb posted 02-15-2009 04:01 AM 1721 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This year I made a coffee scoop for my BIL Rob. We’ve been trading shop-made gifts for a few years now, (if not for Christmas, January 25th, or as was the case this year Valentines Day. You could blame holiday busyness – the fact that everyone also got homemade gifts – But really, we just like to make the Holiday season last as long as possible – as well as like trying to impress each other with new and unexpected projects.

This was my first attempt at a project with dual axes. I’ve played around with multiple axes on one spindle form (all within a few degrees of parallel), this had perpendicular ones. One two shape the handle and bowl, a second to hollow it out, with the help of a homemade jam chuck. Was a fun challenge to get the bowl perfectly spherical to fit in the jam chuck (my first, in maple was a bit off round and popped out), and then keep it seated in the jam chuck without moving.

The bowl was hollowed out very slowly and carefully, while I steeled myself (and held my breath) to try to avoid the (almost invisible) spinning handle. Could have been a real knuckle buster if I wasn’t careful.

These were made of cherry, harvested by my FIL, and finished with walnut oil. The scoop measures a perfect Tablespoon of sawdust (as measured from a plastic scoop I borrowed from the kitchen). It may hold a hair more coffee, but as I make it strong, I’ll go for heaping spoonfulls regardless if it holds .95, 1.0, or 1.025 TBS. ;o)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#1 posted 02-15-2009 05:08 AM

Thanks Scott! Awesome gift and you answered some of my questions here too! I speculated that it was one piece due to the grain pattern, but wasn’t entirely sure. And wood from Dad too? Even better! Great job and thanks again. My only concern was that I opened it after I made coffee today. :) Oh well, there’s always tomorrow.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#2 posted 02-15-2009 05:00 PM

oh yah. VERY beautiful utensil. Fantastic

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 02-15-2009 05:03 PM

Great looking scoops. Fantastic job.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#4 posted 02-15-2009 11:49 PM

Scott those look great. That looks a lot better than the plastic one I have.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#5 posted 02-20-2009 06:07 AM

you gotta upgrade Brian. (all us LJ’s have to slowly switch out all the mass produced stuff in the house)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#6 posted 02-20-2009 06:13 AM

I use K-Cups so I don’t even spoon it anymore. Everyone wants a diffferent flavor.

Cherry flavored coffee looks and smells great.

Nice job ScottB.

-- 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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#7 posted 06-02-2009 05:27 AM

these are really cool. I can just imagine how nerve-wracking it could be to have that handle spinning around!

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