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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 05-04-2020 07:19 PM 382 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the projects I’m working on at the moment is a ladle. As I’m new to spoon-carving, I don’t have a great feel for how thick something is as I’m carving it. So I decided I’d make a quick set of calipers so I can check my work as I go.

I started with a scrap of ipe, about 8” long, by an inch wide by 1/8” thick. I cut it in two, then cut a C shape in both pieces at once with a turning saw, then smoothed the edges with a spokeshave, knife, and file. Drilled a little hole in the ends, and put in a finish nail that I had annealed, cut it off with a pair of diagonal cutters, and then riveted the ends of it over.

A little sanding, a dip in the linseed oil, and I’m ready to measure thicknesses.

-- Dave - Santa Fe





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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#1 posted 05-04-2020 07:40 PM

Thats a cool, handy little project, Dave. I like them.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: Because cheese isnt a healthy source of cheese, I will use grated cucumber to top off this raw food vegan pizza.

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MrWolfe

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#2 posted 05-04-2020 08:18 PM

Sweet caliper!
Handmade tools rock and you sure have an inclination for them.
Nice addition to your hand tools.
Jon

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#3 posted 05-04-2020 08:31 PM

Nice work, these definatly will be handy on your projects.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 05-04-2020 10:36 PM

Thanks, guys! I was merrily carving away on my ladle, and realized, “Hey, I have NO idea how much wood I have left!”

So it was time to make these. And I used up a scrap, leaving only pieces too small to save!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 05-04-2020 11:31 PM

Nice calipers Dave!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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Dave Polaschek

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#6 posted 05-04-2020 11:44 PM

Thanks, Duck! Not bad for a little over an hour of puttering around. Still got a few boxes to unpack, but the shop is pretty dang workable already.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 05-05-2020 12:42 AM

Nice set Dave. This is something I have meant to make for a long time.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#8 posted 05-05-2020 02:35 AM

Thanks! Pretty quick and easy, Jeff. Just a matter of getting a round tuit.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 05-05-2020 12:49 PM

That’s a good idea Dave. I use them quite a bit. Always handy for those special projects. Nice job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Dave Polaschek

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#10 posted 05-05-2020 01:14 PM

Thanks, Dave! Also a good use of a “scrap” that’s been rattling around my shop since I made the ipe spokeshave for the last swap. Hardest part was getting the surfaces planed smooth with the block plane.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#11 posted 05-05-2020 01:29 PM

Handy Dave!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Dave Polaschek

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#12 posted 05-05-2020 02:49 PM

Thanks, Kenny. I used them quite a bit yesterday afternoon as I was getting closer to done carving the bowl of the ladle. Lots easier than reaching in there with my big paws.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#13 posted 05-05-2020 05:20 PM

no sense buying a tool when you can have the satisfaction (and skill) of making it – good job Dave

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#14 posted 05-05-2020 05:52 PM

Thanks, Dick! I figured you’d appreciate using a scrap to make a tool.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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