A while ago I collected three pieces of fire wood in the garage planning to make some more spoons. Today I split the wood into eight pieces, a couple are destined to be big deep spoons and I plan to make a couple of long handed spreaders to reach to the bottom of deep jam jars. The rest of the pieces will get turned into something, sometime.
You can see I have a spatula roughed out from that batch of fire wood. Between the push knife and the small hatchet I was able to rough out the general shape quickly.
Once I got the shape established I turned to modern noisy tools this time. Hand work is nice, but mine is a hybrid shop. My 36 inch belt sander really brings things into shape in a hurry. This sander was very good value for the money, I've run it for hundreds of hours over its life time with me. Several years ago I had to replace the drive belt but otherwise it has been a solid performer.
After using the big belt sander with 60 grit paper I moved to my random orbital sanders. Those sanders will generally help in the final shaping of a spoon. I have four sanders, with different grits mounted. That way I am not tearing the sanding pads off all the time and the hook and loop system lasts longer.
The finished spatula, is sanded to 320 grit and finished with hemp oil . I do my final sanded by hand using a contour sander or my own devising.
|old fashioned black board eraser|
The firm felt supports the sand paper without there being a hard edge that might scratch the work at the final sanding stages.
I am also working on a colourful shop projects.
We are going to see our Grand daughters next week and I am taking the four year old a board game. It is an easy counting game and the 'men' will be small wooden fish. Games for kids are tricky. If they like the game they want to play it all the time, which drives you crazy. If they don't like it, they never play it and you feel rejected.