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Spalted Maple Coffee Scoop (from logs)

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Project by Keith Kelly posted 02-25-2015 04:54 PM 1234 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A year ago, a tree was cut down because it was too close to the power lines. I took some logs, waxed the ends (not enough) and set them out on the concrete for the past year…letting the weather do what the weather does. It turns out that there is some spalting going on…and flat headed borers.

So, I modified a space heater and cooked these logs at 160F for about 5 hours (really, about 120F for about 3 hours, then once I hacked the space heater and got it to 160F I left it for another 5). That should be enough so that the borers aren’t happy.

Unfortunately, the spoon’s handle ended up being thinner than I had expected, as I cut away more than I planned to get past the tunnel. But, it was at least a very neat process to take a log and turn it into something.

-- Keith - Bolivar, Missouri, http://www.SquareOneWoodworks.com





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#1 posted 02-25-2015 05:38 PM

that is some purrrrrdy wood to be playing with, nice work!

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#2 posted 02-25-2015 06:36 PM

how’d you scoop it?

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#3 posted 02-25-2015 06:52 PM



how d you scoop it?

I used a Forstner bit to drill a hole in 1/4” MDF as a template. Then I plunged a bowl & tray bit into the wood, using the template as a guide.

Actually, I plunged a whole bunch of holes into 1/4” MDF so I could make a whole bunch of scoops at once :) Here are some of the Walnut scoops in progress: (this gives an idea of what the MDF template looks like.)

-- Keith - Bolivar, Missouri, http://www.SquareOneWoodworks.com

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#4 posted 02-25-2015 06:56 PM

cool, thanks for the intel. nice work.

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#5 posted 02-25-2015 07:40 PM

Cool idea and execution, what did you finish it with?

-- What I lack in skill, I make up for in putty.

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#6 posted 02-25-2015 07:44 PM

The maple scoop just has a mineral oil and beeswax finish, Claphams Salad Bowl Finish. I’m not opposed to using others, so if you have suggestions, feel free to speak up.

-- Keith - Bolivar, Missouri, http://www.SquareOneWoodworks.com

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#7 posted 02-26-2015 03:23 AM

thanks for the inspiration. I had a maple scrap that worked out nicely. our scoop has a flat bottom, so I used a forstner bit and cut to the depth of our scoop… it’s pretty close on the measurement. About a 15 minute project. Thanks again for posting.

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#8 posted 02-26-2015 03:34 AM

Nice!

-- Keith - Bolivar, Missouri, http://www.SquareOneWoodworks.com

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#9 posted 02-26-2015 03:34 AM

What did you use for finish?

-- Keith - Bolivar, Missouri, http://www.SquareOneWoodworks.com

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#10 posted 02-26-2015 03:36 AM

the fella at Woodcraft was raving about this. Had it for a while, but finally got to using it tonight. We’ll see. Went on easy.

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/149252/George's-Club-House-Wax-4--oz.aspx

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#11 posted 02-26-2015 04:28 PM

Nice idea with the oven, may just use that one.

-- Doug...

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#12 posted 02-26-2015 05:12 PM

If you have this heater by chance, there is an easy way to disable the safety switch. Behind the temp control knob, there is a metal tab that swings and makes contact when the heater is tipped. You can clip that tab off so contact is never made, and that will allow it to be placed like this. Keep your wood pretty far away from it, and make sure to have a fire extinguisher ready. I imagine that this type of fire would grow big fast, and smoldering ridged foam insulation is deadly from what I hear. Stay safe and be smart.

On an embarrassing note, yesterday I put this heater near me while I was swapping out my jointer cutters. Lit was 1-2 feet away from my leg, but still managed to singe off a good portion of my leg hair…through my jeans. For the next time I use this heater for wood heating, I will probably put some sort of foil barrier between the heater and the wood, so that the wood is heated in a more indirect manner.

-- Keith - Bolivar, Missouri, http://www.SquareOneWoodworks.com

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#13 posted 02-27-2015 04:58 AM

Nice black grain, nice design.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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