Coffee Scoops

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 03-08-2015 12:13 AM 2661 views 6 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second coffee scoop I made and I took some pictures of the process that I added below.
It is s bit less than 1/3 cup and finished with mineral oil. It is some kind of spalted wood I found on the firewood pile.
I laid out this one out of one log. I turn the bottom tenon to use to bore it out and turn the outer diameter of the scoop bottom so that I have a target to hit when I turn the handle in the next operation.

Then there is this one- the mesquite scoop that almost did not make it. First of all I turned the handle too deep past the bottom diameter.Then the handle broke and I glued it and finished it.Tthere was a little crack that proved to be fatal when i put in on the jam chuck to finish off the bottom. It broke in two and I had the tenon turned off so I sanded it to the final shape. I don’t like to scrap anything I’ve turned.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 03-08-2015 12:23 AM

really cool, i was figuring out how to make these without a lathe…got it down….thanks jim, i love how these look…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 03-08-2015 12:25 AM

Cool Jim.
Really lovely.
Wonderful to see how you do it, mistakes and all.
I will have to try this soon.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 03-08-2015 12:27 AM

Plus 1 on what Griz said. I like this style better than the ones with longer handles. Thanks Jim.
PS: the walnut cracker I bought from you works on pecans also.

-- jstegall

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#4 posted 03-08-2015 12:31 AM

That is really cool! Thanks for the pictures showing it coming along. I wish I had your talent on the turning lathe. I am going to be in Grand Rapids on July 6 and 7 for a meeting. I would like to stop by and visit! Keep up the good work! I appreciate the inspiration!!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 03-08-2015 01:05 AM

Thanks, guys. These were fun and a challenge. I will be using the process of using one log from now on. It is much simpler than gluing a block on for balance when turning the handle.

Hi John. The cracker was made for pecans originally.

Hi Steve. I’m not sure where we’ll be on the 6th and 7th. We usually take the motorhome out for the 4th somewhere. Give me a call when in town 616 698 6842

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 03-08-2015 01:06 AM

Truly appreciate your sharing the “how to” pics. I have wondered how that was done. I just might give it a try as all of the women in my family are coffee junkies!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#7 posted 03-08-2015 03:22 AM

Good work Jim. I must do one or two.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 03-08-2015 04:09 AM

Cute lil scoops, Jim! Is spalted wood food safe? It hurts to see the broken pieces. Glad you were able to save it!

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 03-08-2015 04:43 AM

nice job

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#10 posted 03-08-2015 04:51 AM

Turn Turn Turn
Just like magic and there it is .
Nice job and good how to .


-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 03-08-2015 04:52 AM

AWESOME procedure…

Very COOL Fix!

That looks like a very SCARY way to turn…

Great Job!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#12 posted 03-08-2015 09:11 AM

I must try something like that sometime Jim…..I guess the main thing is to keep the mind right on the job and to know exactly where fingers and chisel is at all times….it is a bit scary though to me….Great turning Jim!!!!!
Nice Spalting too.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#13 posted 03-08-2015 12:05 PM

Thanks for this post, Jim. Nice work and it gave us some instruction.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#14 posted 03-08-2015 12:10 PM

“Turned” out very nice.

-- While teaching a class, a gentlemen once asked me: "When chip carving an intricate design, what do you do when you are almost finished and the wood breaks off?" I replied "Cover the kids ears."

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#15 posted 03-08-2015 01:42 PM

Good save Jim, It looks great.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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