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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.

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

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

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

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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!
 

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Nice calipers Dave!
 

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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.
 

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

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

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

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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.
 

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Handy Dave!
 

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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.
 

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

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