Quick and easy coffee scoop

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Project by Chiaroscuro posted 01-03-2018 05:58 AM 1615 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Work has been crazy busy and stressful, so I needed a fast and simple project to unwind a bit. Our plastic coffee scoop seemed to be just the thing to replace. I always dig the grounds out of the espresso press with the handle so I wanted it to be beefy enough for that as well. I have a chunk of walnut that I’m quickly running out of that I picked up from Woodcraft for $2 a board foot as a “domestic cutoff.” I keep waiting for that deal to come around again… Anyway, traced out the shape of the plastic cup, made it deeper (as the walls would be thicker), and then cut it out on the bandsaw (I’m into hand tools, but time is time). Cleaned it up with the hand plane, drilled out the cup with a forstner bit and curved the inside bottom with a small spoon gouge. Cleaned up the handle and bowl of the cup with a saw handle maker’s rasp. Oiled and ready to go.

Just looked at those pictures and it looks like the bottom isn’t flat in the side view. It is:

-- Todd

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#1 posted 01-03-2018 07:03 AM

Nicely crafted!

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#2 posted 01-03-2018 05:13 PM

This is no doubt a good project to relax with. Very well done.

-- Joe - I am not entirely worthless, I can always serve as a bad example.

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#3 posted 01-03-2018 05:26 PM

Well crafted and a very usable thing too. I have managed to but a little decently priced walnut at R’S and even bought some with bark still on locally.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 01-03-2018 07:39 PM

This coffee scoop turned out beautifully.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 01-06-2018 01:07 AM

Nicely done! You might give a call to any local cabinet makers or wood millwork businesses and see if they have a bin of cutoffs you could go through to find more wood.



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#6 posted 03-18-2019 12:23 AM

I have been using it everyday for the last year+ and it works great.

-- Todd

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#7 posted 01-14-2021 05:38 PM

Now 2 years+ of daily use and the handle is soft to touch from repetitive handling. I love using a thing I made everyday!

-- Todd

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