Turning Archive 2006
Dominic Greco in Richboro PA
Here is a photo I just took of (4) spoons I turned/power carved, and (2) scoops. These are Christmas presents for my Mom and MIL. Although my wife has indicated that SHE would like a full set of these as well!
All are made from cherry I found along the side of the road, milled into flat stock, and allowed to dry for 2 years. The really nice part is that just about all these items were turned from scrap wood that was cut from the flat stock. I knew I was right when I didn't discard those pieces!
The spoons all measure about 12" long and have varying sized heads. The scoops are about 5" to 5 1/2" long and are just under 3" in diameter.
Before turning the scoops, I finally broke down and purchased a copy of Richard Raffan's "Turning Projects". It was well worth it! His method for turning scoops was the easiest I've seen so far. I was able to turn a scoop in half the time I did before.
The bowl section of the spoons were power carved with a rotary rasp purchased from PSI's showroom in Phila PA. I was lucky they had any left. Since this was a discontinued item, I think I got the last pack they had. With the spoon clamped firmly to the top of my workbench I chucked this bit into my trim router and used it to hog out the material. Before I started I sketched out the perimeter of the bowl to be a guideline. I'll say this about rotary rasps, they sure can hog away material FAST!
When I was first researching how to turn spoons, I used the link provided to me when I was looking for information on scoops. It lead me to Woodturning Online. What a fantastic resource that site turned out to be! I have Bill Turpin to thank for that link. (Thanks Bill!) One gent on that site suggested using ball end mills to hog out the material. I purchased one from ENCO and made the mistake of getting a double fluted version. It takes too fine of a bite and clogs up WAY to easy. I should have gotten a single fluted version. Oh well, better luck next time! Luckily PSI had these rotary rasps on hand.
The finish is Mineral Oil followed by buffing and a liberal coat of bee's wax.
See ya around,