Wooden Spaghetti Measure

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Project by Daris posted 05-09-2012 06:03 PM 3848 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was looking for a nice and easy one day, or weekend project to do this past weekend. I found a project plan out on the internet for a Spaghetti Measure. Just search Google and you’ll find plenty of plans that will inspire you. After checking out a few I decided to make mine pretty similar to the others. Not a lot of ways to jazz these things up.

I made mine 15” long and 3” wide.  You can use any wood you want.  Although, a hardwood would probably be best.  I chose to make mine out of 1/2” oak.  Although in hindsight I think Walnut would have been pretty nice too.


The board I had was 36” long and the measure I’m making is only 15” long.  So I was reminded of an old saying, “the only thing better than making a spaghetti measure, is making two spaghetti measures”.  (seriously though you can always find a family member who wants one of your projects) I cut my boards to length and taped the two together with masking tape.  I then traced out a very simple design to make my measure.  It’s a little hard to see in the pic, but I outlined something that looks like a paddle.


In order to get my corners on the measure I used one of my favorite marking tools.  The quick corner set comes with 4 different marking templates.  Each template makes it easy for you to put your board on the template.  It’ll give you a perfect every time.  I went with a 1/2” corner for my measure.


After I completed tracing out a pattern, I used the band-saw to cut the pattern of my measure.  I could have used a scroll saw as well.



I cleaned up my cuts from the band saw over on my drill press.  I used a sander bit, and it cleaned it up nicely.


Spaghetti Measure
After I cleaned up my measure, I then moved on to cutting out the various serving size measure holes.  For my measure I used a 7/8”, 1-1/8”,  1-1/2, and 1-3/4 Forstner bits.  This allows for measuring 1-4 serving sizes.  I spaced them approximately 5/8” apart from one another.  I also drilled a hole in the end of the handle to allow for hanging the measure up.

Spaghetti Measure Roundover
I used a 1/4” round over bit on the entire measure.  I wasn’t sure how doing a round over on the inside of the serving size holes would turn out, but it was actually really easy.  Just hold on to your measure and don’t let it get away from you.


Completed Spaghetti Measure

Salad Bowl Finish

The measure is basically done, but I wanted to finish it with something.  This was my first time making something that would come in contact with food.  I found the product Salad Bowl Finish by General Finishes.  The manufacturer states that it is safe with food after drying for 72 hours.  It also recommended a minimum of 3 coats.  I did 5 coats just to be on the safe side.


So that was the adventure of making my Spaghetti Measure. If you want to make your own check out my entry over at WoodLogger for more pictures and information.

-- Daris, Indianapolis,

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#1 posted 05-09-2012 06:09 PM

Hello Daris

A nicely project

I really love it ( My wife surely !!) and I must do one like yours this week end

Thanks for sharing and for the idea

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-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#2 posted 05-09-2012 07:53 PM

My shop teacher had one just like that but he used on the kids behind. Not that I would know!!!

Great project.

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#3 posted 05-09-2012 08:30 PM

Ah, the good ‘ol days. I don’t think they use paddles anymore. I definitely was thinking about that when I made these. LOL.

-Daris @ WoodLogger

-- Daris, Indianapolis,

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#4 posted 05-09-2012 08:46 PM

Cool, I need to make one of those, we have a cheap plastic one that we never use, maybe if I build one like this we will start using it.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#5 posted 05-10-2012 01:55 AM

Looks like a paddle to me lol

-- I never finish anyth

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#6 posted 05-10-2012 02:38 AM

I like it. What a neat little project for those days when you just want to spend some time in the shop with no heavy tasks lists.

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood, only smaller projects.

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#7 posted 05-10-2012 03:20 AM

This is a great excu.. reason to buy some more forstner bits…’I need the ISO standard spaghetti sizes:-)! ‘

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#8 posted 05-10-2012 08:05 PM

I would make one but a box of spaghetti is only 2 servings the way we like it! Maybe it would make a good gift for normal folks though, I’ll put this on my to do list.

-- Turning A Round

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#9 posted 02-13-2013 03:02 AM

How have you found the sizes to work out? I wonder because all of the plans I’ve found seem to vary in the hole size per serving. Based on the sizes you used the 3 and 4 serving holes are pretty close to 3x and 4x the single serving hole but the 2 serving hole is only about 1.65x the single serving hole.

I realize I’m over-thinking this, but am I the only one?

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey

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