Ice Cream Bowl Prototypes

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Project by Crushgroovin posted 04-21-2011 07:36 AM 1606 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been working on putting together a four bowl set that I would combine with a hand turned Ice Cream Scoop. The are the 3 designs I was able to come up with. The first picture is the last and most refined of the three. It would also be more utilitarian allowing for use as Salad Bowl & Cereal Bowl. My lovely wife doesn’t understand how anyone could eat ice cream out of anything so small, she prefers the carton! LOL I do to but she runs 20 miles a week & I do woodwork, you can guess who looks like they eat of the carton ;)

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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#1 posted 04-21-2011 07:47 AM

so disappointing

no ice cream : (

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#2 posted 04-21-2011 08:52 AM

I like the vanilla one with the praline burls myself…..

-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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#3 posted 04-21-2011 12:25 PM

Those are nice, very nice.
I like a deep bowl and with a good weight.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 04-21-2011 02:38 PM

I think they are all to SMALL!! I am curious however, if you are really planning on going to eat ice cream out of these, what did you use for a finish?

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 04-21-2011 02:39 PM

They are all very nice. I like the shape of the 3rd one the most. Also, with a larger difference between the top and bottom diameters, a set of the third shape would probably stack the best (note – I’ve got limited kitchen cabinet space, so this is a concern for me).


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#6 posted 04-21-2011 04:58 PM

I like them all. I’m interested to see your scoop. I’ve been playing around making some ice cream scoops. I’m satisfied with the scoop, but still need a better plan for the handle. I’m also wondering what would be the correct wood and finish for an ice cream scoop.

When I get Ben and Jerry’s Karmal Sutra, I don’t waste time with a scoop or a bowl. All I need is a spoon, but I get the little size.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#7 posted 04-21-2011 06:50 PM

I have been experimenting with different finishing techniques. Regardless of the technique I will wait 30 days from the final coat before exposing them to food.

I found with walnut I had trouble with blotching and “rough spots”. So I power sand to 320 then apply a coat of Blonde Shellac, let it dry for 5 minutes, burnish at 1500 RPM, then apply a coat of walnut oil based stain. I let the stain soak in for 10-15 minutes then wipe off the excess and burnish again. I then applied a coat of wiping varnish let it sit for 5-10 minutes then wiped off and burnished. After the first coat of varnish I power sanded with 400, 600, & 800 to get to the final super smooth surface. I have tried several different varnishes; first I tried Watco Danish Oil and it worked pretty good. I have also tried a mix of Walnut Oil & Clear Gloss Poly, and finally just clear gloss poly. Regardless of the varnish used I apply 3-5 thin coats allowing them to sit on the bowl for 5-10 minutes then using a paper towel to wipe off/burnish on the lathe at 1500 RPM.

I am still playing around with different mixes, I probably will keep doing so until I find a finish I really like.

I take my information on “Food Safe Finishes” from “Bob Flexner’s Finishing Facts” It is a great little pamphlet that covers quite a bit of information on finishing. I am very much a novice and lacked any real knowledge of anything but Oil Finishes. This little pamphlet delivers a ton of information in a very small format, just my style!! ;)

Fact: All finishes are safe for contact with Food & Children’s mouths once the finish has fully cured. (after about a month)

I will post a blog further describing what he has to say. But if you think about it there are many many places where wood comes into contact food and we most of us only worry about that surface being clean. There are thousands of commercially produced wood products sold that we don’t give a second thought about the finish used. Salad Bowl Sets, knives with wood handles, dining tables, etc.. I don’t know about you, when my kids were toddlers they ate more of their food off of the table than off of their plates. None of us give the finish on the table a second thought.

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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Blake Thornton

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#8 posted 04-22-2011 10:17 PM

I prefer the one with the straighter sides, but like all three. Next you’ll have to show us a picture with the bowl loaded up with ice-cream and the scoop sticking out of the carton =)

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