Ice cream scoops with zebrawood and black walnut handles ... 1 hour or so labor ...

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Project by Dan'um Style posted 06-06-2009 06:03 AM 2344 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one of those quick one hour or so labor projects… made the zebrawood ice cream scoop yesterday evening after work and the walnut tonight. Only used 4 tools … drill press, band saw, belt sander and oscillating spindle sander.

Handles are made from 6 inch long 7/4 offcuts …. one from zebrawood and the other Martin Luther King Tennesse Black Walnut.

Shapes of the handles came from a small french curve … what ever looked good etc.

Sanded to 220 .

Finish is right out of the can Rustolium spray lacquer. Bought from Walmart… three coats

Got the chrome plated scoops for a buck a piece from Mendelson’s …in Dayton Ohio .. an awesome place to shop …world largest salvage/junk/surplus/ hardware store. Millions of square feet…..

The knob on my bedroom fan broke and I went there looking for a replacement knob ... on the third floor there were litterly a million knobs to choose from … bins and bins of them … some new, some old … from TV’s to lab instruments. I paid 50 cents for the knob.

The store is huge, one of those places where you can find anything …. from carpet to pumps, from radio tubes to refrigerators, three stories in a big old warehouse in downtown Dayton. In a room on the first floor I bought a dozen army surplus t-shirts for my son at a buck each. Next to the shirts I found a bin with the ice cream scoops without handles … and you know the rest of the story …

below is link about Mendleson’s … they also have a webstore and sell stuff on ebay.



-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#1 posted 06-06-2009 06:47 AM

very cool…i thought about turning one of these…but i like the idea you used…its great…

the store sounds awesome…a great place for an artist to play…and maybe for an eclectic garden…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 06-06-2009 07:03 AM

Perfect project for the good ol’ summertime summertime summertime!! Lookin good :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 06-06-2009 07:26 AM

Thanks guys … summertime is coming, thats for sure. Got up to 98 a couple days ago …

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 06-06-2009 10:14 AM

I have like one regular spoon solid enough to dip ice cream. And its always dirty when i need it. Whats up wid dat? The store sounds awesome. I could spend a whole day wandering those aisles.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#5 posted 06-06-2009 12:09 PM

There’s a surplus store like that up north here in Michigan I just love, I’m a junk picker by nature. Mom used to get mad at my Dad and brother and me when we went to the junkyard when we were kids, because we would bring back about as much junk as we took. Great idea and a new change of pace for you Dan. Good to see you branching out. They’re very cool looking ice cream scoops.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 06-06-2009 04:18 PM

cool scoops

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#7 posted 06-06-2009 04:53 PM

Hey Dan,
Those spoons are really nice…....look like ex-Navy scoops.

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#8 posted 06-06-2009 10:43 PM

Arn’t those cool. Good ideas for gifts. Thanks….......

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#9 posted 06-06-2009 11:09 PM

Nice job! Now, head up to Young’s Dairy and get some of the best ice cream on the planet. It’s not too far from you, about 80 miles for me. We go there and bring back a cooler full.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#10 posted 06-06-2009 11:40 PM

Those are pretty nice. Great job.

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#11 posted 06-07-2009 12:10 AM

Dan. Those are pretty nice. You’ll have to go back and buy all that they have left.

-- 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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#12 posted 06-07-2009 12:28 AM

Karson … I beat you to it.

I went back today and bought a even dozen. Probably were more in the bin, but my wife Peggy was with me and we could only think of so many people to make them for … her sisters and brothers, my sister … our kids and …and etc

Thanks guys for the great comments…



-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#13 posted 06-07-2009 03:28 AM

Dang Dan, You could have bought some for Karson and Me. I’d love to have some to make for Family christmas gifts.

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

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#14 posted 06-08-2009 06:34 AM

Great shape Dan.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 06-14-2009 02:18 AM

Beautiful, simple and elegant.

Well, I made the trip to Mendelson’s for the scoops: they are almost gone now! Did you do anything special to cut your mortise? I see the scoop has a hole for a rivet in its tenon (tongue), but it looks like you did not rivet your pieces together. Is it epoxied in place? Do your scoops seem to be holding up? Thanks!

-- Tod, Powell Ohio

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