|Project by LelandStone||posted 01-15-2012 08:12 PM||1146 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
So, I turned a bowl for my youngest brother for his Christmas gift. (Said bowl fit nicely into the section of his living room that I’ve dubbed “Jay’s Condiment Corner,” which is basically a large comfy chair surrounded by remote controls and the largest collection of hot sauces, flavoured salts, seasonings, and other snack accoutrements I’ve ever seen outside of a food court at a typical mall. Surprisingly, youngest sibling remains quite svelte.) I’d thought about making another bowl, this time for middle brother, but hedged; I didn’t want to duplicate the gift. What to do?
A-HA! Of COURSE, I’ll make him a SPOON! I’ve had my eye on some beech, sold by my local lumber wholesaler at a VERY attractive price: $2.93 a board foot for wide, long planks of unbelievably clear stock with a subtle tawny colour and an appealing grain consistently streaked with 1/4” long contrasting flecks of brown. I got a LOT of lumber for around 10 bucks, more than enough for a spoon, in fact.
Got the new acquisition back to the shop and immediately started working it; saws beautifully on the bandsaw, seems to turn okay, and it doesn’t hurt that a beer I enjoy is ‘beechwood aged,’ but I digress. I turned the handle of the spoon on the lathe, which, although allowing me to make the little finial at the top and make a more cylindrical handle, was otherwise not worth the setup. I don’t have any kind of steady rest for turning thin stock, and the whipping/vibration was maddening. Let’s just say it took a lot of sanding.
The bowl of the spoon was another matter. At the time I lacked a gouge, and—as I loathe commercially-available wooden ‘spoons’ with their miserly depressions masquerading as bowls— hollowing was a difficulty. I was able to make do by wasting much of the bowl with a couple of passes from a Forstner bit, the rest went away with a combo of 1/4” straight chisels and some smaller carving gouges pressed into grudging service.
-- Leland, OC Calif., www.safetyshowerbars.com