finally found something to carve out the bowl of a spoon

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Review by Joey posted 04-06-2008 09:06 PM 8406 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ever since I started making spoons and spatulas back at christmas, I have been looking for a tool that makes carving the bowl of a spoon easier. I started out using a dremel. The problem with the dremel’s is that you can’t find carving heads big enough. All of the power grinders I had found were $300+. But Woodcraft has a new tool made by Wecheer. It is simply to use, and has more than enough power using carving bits with 1/4” shanks.
The first time i used it, I cut the amount of time to make a spoon from about hour to just over 45 minutes.

The motor is a 1/4 horse power. It has a power switch located on the motor that will of course turn the unit on and off, but also reverse the dirction of the spin. The Motor can be mounted to the wall, a cabinet, or clamped to a work bench. The shaft is 42” long. The hande piece has 3 different size collets, 1/4”, 1/8”, and 3/32. It also has a carver attachment that is sold seperatly that I haven’t gotten yet.
It is controlled with a foot petal. The more pressure you apply to the petal, the faster it goes. All the way up to 20,000 rpm

So far I have made 10 spoons with it, and can find nothing wrong with the usefulness of it, or the operation. A very comfortable and straight forward design. And the price can’t beat, it was half the price of the next cheapest one I found and had more hp to boot.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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#1 posted 04-06-2008 09:08 PM

Great review. Thanks

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#2 posted 04-06-2008 10:33 PM

glad you posted this review.

I’ve been considering this tool and a good positive report, was what I have been waiting for.

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#3 posted 04-07-2008 01:25 AM

Interesting tool Joey. Thanks for the review.

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#4 posted 04-07-2008 05:21 AM

Good review, looks like a Dremel on steroids.

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#5 posted 04-08-2008 12:55 AM

I have been using Foredom for 30 years. It is the same thing, very little goes wrong with it. It works hard for me every day, as a matter of fact I have 2 of them, they can be reversed with a switch…. for left handed carvers. Also has variable speed footswitch.

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#6 posted 04-09-2008 08:11 PM

looks like a handy unit. thanks for the review

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#7 posted 04-10-2008 04:52 AM

I solved the problem of carving out a spoon by not carving but by sanding. I made 3 or 4 narrow ( 3/4”) drum sanders with a diameter of 4” or larger if you are making large spoons or smaller for small spoons. The drums are cut from plywood, lightly chamfer the edges, cut a v shaped piece out of the edge, wrap a 3/4” wide strip of sanding belt 50 or 60 grit around the outside and hold it in place with the v shaaped piece and a drywall screw. I have mine mounted on an arbor shaft driven with a 1/3 hp electric motor. Sand across the grain of the wood. The 50 grit will remove the wood real fast. You have to keep the wood moving back and forward to shape the bowl of the spoon. Another drum with 100 or 120 grit will smooth it up. You do the spoon in about a minute or two at the most.

-- jerryw-wva.

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