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Step 1: Materials and Equipment
- piece of oak wood, bought at Home Depot
- sand paper
- mineral oil and a rag for applying
Equipment(all of this can be found at TechShop)
- wood lathe
- table saw
- band saw
- articulated miter saw
- belt sander
Step 2: Research and Design
The wood I used for this honey dipper was actually scrap from a previous lathe project. I'll show how I got it prepped for the lathe in the next step.
Step 3: Preparing Wood for the Lathe
Step 4: Turning, Sanding, Sawing, Sanding
Here is a basic overview of how I went about turning my honey dipper.
1) secure wood on lathe, tape up design as a guide
2) experiment with different chisels, blunder towards a dipper-like shape
3) mark out grooves with a pencil
3) try to make grooves on the head of the dipper narrow and square, realize I don't have a small enough tool, settle for wider rounded grooves
4) turn lathe to reverse, sand using 100, 150, and 220 grit sand paper
5) remove honey dipper from lathe, cut off extra material on both ends using band saw
6) sand down cut ends using belt sander
7) hand sand spots that still look a little rough, especially in the grooves on the head
Step 5: Finishing
According to the internet, pharmaceutical mineral oil (for use as a laxative) works pretty much the same as more expensive butcher block oil.
With the oil applied, the honey dipper had a nice finished look.
Now I'm ready to dip honey like a pro.
Give me a shout in the comments if you have any hot tips on wood turning - I'm just getting started and would love some advice.
Thanks for reading!