CS1 Spaghetti Measurer

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CS1 Spaghetti Measurer

How do you ever know how much spaghetti to cook? Either you have to eat pasta 3 days in a row or you have to drown it in sauce to fill the plate. This handy little Spaghetti Measurer will remove the guess work.

It is an easy project, suitable for woodworkers of all skill levels. The only tools required are a drill, a selection of Forstner bits, a coping saw and some sandpaper, off course.

I made this one from a piece of African Rosewood, 10mm thick and around 60mm wide, found in my scrap bin. Any hardwood and any thickness will also do fine.

After marking a centerline, drill 4 holes, starting with a 35mm hole. The next one is 30mm, then 25mm and finally 19mm. Ensure that you have equal distances between holes, just for looks. These are bit sizes I have. If your hole sizes are slightly different or imperial, it won’t matter. (Divide by 25 if you want these sizes in inches!)

It remains to cut the outside to a pleasing shape. I opted for a simple shape with tapered sides and radiused ends, but hey, whatever takes your fancy! If you don’t have the luxury of a band saw, a jigsaw or coping saw will do fine. Sand the measurer well and don’t forget the hole edges.
The recommended finish is a food-grade bowl finish but I’ve always used boiled linseed oil for lack of finding the aforementioned.

I made buckets full of these in my craft market days and they sold well. Just make sure you set up a demo, otherwise no one knows what the hell it is!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#1 posted 1429 days ago

Nice one Div. Now how do you know which hole to use? :)
What do you divide by to get Danish inches?

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#2 posted 1429 days ago

Nice, I’m usually the 3 days in a row spaghettib type.
So what are the equivalent servings per hole size?

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 1429 days ago

Nice and handy way of using the PRECIOUS offcuts.

-- 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 1429 days ago

did you misplace your 20mm drillbit for the small hole? ;P
nifty project div :)

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#5 posted 1429 days ago

cool project.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 1429 days ago

daltxguy What do I know about Danish inches? The only Danish things I know are the pastries! Oh yeah, and a couple of LJ’s!! Arnold Thanks. As for the hole sizes, experiment brother! How else did you get to know all the other holes in your life….!!!! ;^)) alba Jamie, yes. It is an excellent way to use off cuts. I just can’t get myself to burn all the pretty pieces. I do make good bonfires with all the Pine offcuts though!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#7 posted 1429 days ago

You should have your own “Show”. Excellent!

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#8 posted 1429 days ago

experiment brother! How else did you get to know all the other holes in your life….!!!!

does this mean that a women can use this depending on witch sice she want that day ?

( not trying to upset any one)

Daltxguy I thought you knew there are there just to have more oppotunities to meassure correct
just take the ruler thats fit after you have build your things …

great litle gizmo Div.

take care

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 1429 days ago

A great quick, & easy project. Nice!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 1429 days ago

Dennis, What kind of spaghetti you talking about now?

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#11 posted 1429 days ago

Div, I cry from laughts about your comments about how to experiment.
Really fine and simple idea, I love it, and I also love to use the scraps.
But what is that I see? Sherloc left his pipe in your workshop… ;-)
Best thoughts to you my dear brother,

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

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#12 posted 1429 days ago

Div, that’s a pretty nice little creation you have there and that would make a good project for anyone. Nice going and the exposition of it was very well done.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 1429 days ago

All this pasta talk…. Let’s set down and eat!!!

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#14 posted 1429 days ago

I am hungry now for fome spagetti and red gravy.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#15 posted 1429 days ago

this is excellent. what a great gift this would be.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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