A step toward spoon carving

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Project by Chiaroscuro posted 02-14-2019 05:55 AM 1511 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I was looking at a set of pewter measuring cups that I have after having made another coffee scoop.

I had made it using far more power tools than I usually would entertain using, but this was less about the process and more about getting it done. So I drilled the hole using a power drill and a Forsner bit and rough shaped with the band saw. Then I switched back to hand tools for the finish.

Anyway, looking at the pewter measuring cups made me wonder if I could do that out of wood (with some modifications). So I took a thick piece of scrap walnut which was poorly suited for pretty much any of the tool making I would do with a similar piece due to grain direction and checking on the end. I measured the depth and diameter of the ΒΌ cup pewter measuring cup and drilled a small hole that depth in the middle of a circle with the same diameter on the blank. I then carved the bowl out until I could fit the same volume of salt in the wood bowl as in the pewter.

-- Todd

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#1 posted 02-14-2019 10:38 PM

Interesting piece, and a good explanation of your method. That first pic where you are holding the 1/4? I assume a cup? It looks huge in your hand.

If you wanted to smooth the bowl out there is a person over at Etsy from? Wanna say Hungary. He/She makes very affordable scorps, and round knives in a number of sizes, using pretty good metal. You can follow pics from Pinterest, or go to Etsy and search scorp, A nice merchant.

Interesting thread, thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 02-15-2019 01:56 AM

Very Nice Project & Very Well Done Todd!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#3 posted 02-15-2019 10:42 AM

Great idea to use the salt to ensure you got the right volume in the bowl. I’ve tucked that away for future reference. Are you going to make the whole set?

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#4 posted 02-15-2019 01:18 PM

great project. Thanks for sharing it. You just added another woodworking project that I want o try to my ever growing list.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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