Coffee bean scoop

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Project by rickf16 posted 01-21-2011 02:59 AM 1999 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay, Here is my first and last try with the coffee bean blank. A nice idea in theory, however there is a little to be desired with the execution! The blank turns nice and is easy to shape. The beans themselves don’t hold up too well to the rigors of a lathe. Blow outs are unavoidable. Maybe it’s me. Tried to fill the voids with thin C/A which turned into an effort in futility. The beans were thirsty, so they soaked up the glue as fast as it went on. Decided to go ahead and coat with a C/A finish. Took about ten coats then polished all the way to 12000 wet sanded. This one belongs to my wife so she is okay with any flaws…and there are a few. The scoop kit itself is a breeze to work with. I just don’t want to have to deal with that blank!

-- Rick

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#1 posted 01-21-2011 03:10 AM

thats a cool looking scoop

-- Dave..Pensacola Fl.........In GOD we trust

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#2 posted 01-21-2011 03:47 AM

Nice scoop, I went through three blanks before I got a good pen, smelled nice in my shop wile i was turning them.

-- Brian Brooks, Maine

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#3 posted 01-21-2011 10:06 AM

Hey Rick,
Nice job…well done.

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#4 posted 01-21-2011 12:43 PM

Cool looking, but what first popped to my mind when seeing the handle was “troublesome material”. You confirmed this.

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#5 posted 01-21-2011 07:16 PM

Nice idea and turned out well enough too it seems. What is the white stuff? Are these blanks available in a shop or is it a self-made mix?
I’ve never turned anything, but I can imagine the paint of getting blowouts. Wondering about that blank material, would it be possible to improve it by using some high pressure method to get the beans themselves filled up with acrylic or whatever it is as well? I know they do it to stabilize woodblanks for knives and such, but no idea how it’d work on coffeebeans.


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#6 posted 01-22-2011 03:36 AM

Thanks for the compliments. HorstPeter- the white is the acrylic holding everything together. Not sure how it’s made, but your idea sounds like it might do the trick. The blanks should be available at your local wood store. If not here’s a link to where I shop.

Capt. fortunately this one is my wife’s and she loves it. Yours had to be a costly pen going through three blanks!

-- Rick

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