In this project, George Awburn describes how to get started making the handle for the spoon. Then he shows a drawing of a wooden chuck designed to hold the spoon so that you can hollow out the bowl of the spoon on the lathe. The handle does revolve around like a propeller so keeping your hands behind the tool rest is critical.
- Turn a cylinder 30 mm in diameter 150 mm long between centers.
- Mark off a length equal to the bowl diameter.
- Mark a point halfway along with measurement, then mark the total length required. See the drawing.
- Shape bowl and handle as suggested. When completed, saw the resultant piece in half length-wise or alternatively start off with two pieces of wood joined with a “paper joint”.
- The next step is to prepare a wooden chuck to enable the spoon to be held whilst the bowl is hollowed out. From a suitably sized long grained piece of wood turn a cylinder of about 40 mm diameter and hollow out the end to suit the outside of the spoon’s bowl.
- Continue hollowing at a lesser diameter for another 30 or 40 mm.
- Make 4 saw cuts to form the fingers of the cup chuck and fit a worm drive clip as shown to enable the chuck to be tightened. A recess needs to be cut in the face of the chuck to accommodate the handle which will be standing upright during the hollowing process.
- After fitting the spoon to the chuck careful and light cutting should be employed to form the inner bowl of the spoon. A wall thickness of 2mm is desirable.
- The handle may be shaped by using a disc or belt sander.