Apple and Walnut Spoons For Mothers Day

After the successful spoon making a few weeks ago, I decided to make a couple more. These two were Mother’s Day presents for my wonderful mother-in-law.

I started with a small slab of walnut and a small slab of apple wood. I cut out some rough spoon shapes on the bandsaw, and used a forstner bit to drill out some bowls.

Rough cut spoons
Rough cut spoons

I brought them inside and did some doodling and sketching on them to see what kinds of shapes would look good. Hannah helped out.

Hannah playing with the rough cut spoons
Hannah playing with the rough cut spoons

After sketching I went back to the bandsaw and rough cut the shapes and then started carving out the bowls some more. I wanted to get the bowls carved out before the handles were cut down any more, so that I could put some force on the spoons without breaking the handles.

Carving out the bowls
Carving out the bowls

After carving out the bowls I hit the bandsaw yet again to finish off the handle shaping, then I used the belt sander and hand sanded everything to be as smooth as I wanted it.

Walnut and apple spoons, top view
Walnut and apple spoons, top view

After sanding I soaked both spoons in mineral oil, then buffed them with paraffin wax to get the shine.

Walnut and apple spoons, side view
Walnut and apple spoons, side view
Walnut spoon
Walnut spoon
Back of the apple spoon
Back of the apple spoon
The Spoon Bowls
The Spoon Bowls
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Cedar Planks and A Spoon

My brother-in-law cut down a cedar tree recently. I’ve got too much going on to be able to use the wood for projects, but we figured we could at least cut some cedar planks for grilling.

I bought a new Wood Slicer Resaw Blade just for the occasion and we had just put a new tire on the bandsaw. The new blade was fantastic.

Tyler cutting cedar planks
Tyler cutting cedar planks

Tyler is pretty pleased with how the cut turned out.

Tyler cutting cedar planks
Tyler cutting cedar planks

I also got to really use the ShopSmith belt sander I fixed up earlier this year to finish a spoon which was supposed to be a Christmas present….for Christmas 2013.

I spent some time with Ryan last week and we got the belt sander tracking really nicely and so it was just fun to use for this.

The spoon is made with apple wood I got from a guy about 3 years ago on craigslist, which I split and cut myself.

I finished it by soaking it very thoroughly with mineral oil, then rubbing it well with paraffin wax and buffing it with a napkin until the wax was all rubbed in.

Apple wood spoon
Apple wood spoon

I used a router to carve out the bowl of the spoon. It worked sort of, but I’m not sure if I’d do it that way again. What I’d really like is a Hook or Spoon knife, but then, I always want more tools and toys.

Apple wood spoon bowl detail
Apple wood spoon bowl detail

I used my pocket knife to carve a little vine detail in the handle.

Apple wood spoon handle detail
Apple wood spoon handle detail

The spoon has a nice arch to it. Not quite perfect, but not bad for a first spoon.

Apple wood spoon profile
Apple wood spoon profile
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Restoring a 1981 Shopsmith Belt Sander Part 2

A Loooooong time ago (October 2013) I bought a belt sander attachment for my ShopSmith and disassembled it.

Outside view of the belt sander
Outside view of the belt sander
Rusty plate
Rusty plate

It sat in this plastic bin in my office since then doing nothing…

Disassembled ShopSmith Belt Sander
Disassembled ShopSmith Belt Sander

…until tonight! Tonight the kids and I cleaned it up and put it back together.

We didn’t figure out electrolysis like I had planned, we ended up just using WD-40 and sandpaper to get it all cleaned up.

Since we were just sanding and not doing anything crazy with electricity here’s the final shot. Everything spins smoothly, and I replaced the screws that broke with bolts and they mostly seem to be working for now. Now it’s time to buy some sand paper!

Cleaned up belt sander
Cleaned up belt sander
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