About Alan

Alan has been a member since January 5th 2012, and has created 181 posts from scratch.

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Multi-Axis Woodturning – All My Scoops

May also be viewed on YouTube – but please stay here if possible.

Cedar ScoopTo complete my video series on wood scoops, I turned this cedar scoop about 7 inches long and 2 inches diameter, finished with beeswax and mineral oil.

The turning axes were:

  1. The original center of the wood for the scoop.
  2. A skewed axis for the handle.
  3. The original axis for the end of the handle.

One safety note: I used hot melt glue to fasten the scoop to a piece of scrap before sawing the scoop. I did not wnat the round scoop turning at the saw.

I love the finished look and feel of these three cedar scoops. I can improve each, I’m sure, but that’s for the future. The cedar feels crisp and light and sounds nice when two are gently hit together.

Good turning.

My Home Made Scoop Chuck For Difficult Mounts


Scoop Chuck

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This scoop is actually my Vicmark vm120 body with wood jaws mounted to the body.

The jaws are made from an 8″ by 8″ by 1/2″ piece of Baltic birch plywood(the good stuff). The standard jaws were used as templates to mark bolt holes. The holes were then counter sunk and stabilized with thin CA glue.

The jaws are attached with bolts a little longer than the standard bolts to allow for the additional thickness of my plywood.

On top of the plywood, I glued 2″ thick cedar since that is what I had available. The wood can be anything stable and readily available. This wood is miter cut similar to a picture frame, drilled for outer bolt access, and glued to the plywood.

The jaws can now be customized to hold the current project.

For my scoop, I drilled out the center a little smaller than my scoop bowl and removed two opposing jaws.

When the time comes that I have removed too much of the jaws for my then current project, I can either make a new set of jaws or tool off the cedar and glue on new wood pieces.

As with any home made tool, please be careful and use your head. Start slow then increase speed to where you are comfortable then dial back a little. As with any home made tool, you are the sole person responsible for its safety and your own safety.

Good turning.

Woodturning Oval Bowl Scoop With New “Scoop” Chuck

Oval Scoop in Cedar

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This scoop is another style I saw Soren Berger turn recently. The difference is the oval bowl that makes the scoop more difficult to hold while hollowing the bowl.

I wanted a better way to hold the wood than a jamb chuck or a scroll chuck. Jamb chucks require wood and custom tooling and are usually used only once. Scroll chuck leave nasty marks on the wood that must be disguised with decorative elements or sanded smooth again.

The brainstorm is a set of wood jaws that bolt on to my scroll chuck body. The chuck body provides clamping pressure. The wood jaws provide quick and easy customization options. They’re added benefit is that if my tool gets too close to the jaws, no harm is done to the project, tools, or me.

I’ll show details for the chuck in the next video.

Good turning.

Bowler Hat Bowl For Woodturning Club Demo

Walnut Bowler Hat BowlMay also be viewed in YouTube.

I made this segmented bowl in preparation for a segmented turning demo at Williamette Woodturners. Bryan wanted an introduction to segmented turning with a hat theme. The introduction included both open and closed segmented process to create this bowl.

In response, we selected a bowler had with both closed and open segments. The hat’s brim is a special challenge as it is a narrow area to turn.

This bowl is walnut with nine rings: 6 closed segment rings and 3 open segment rings. Closed segment rings have 12 segments. Open segment rings have 18 segments. Inlcuding the top plug, this totals 127 pieces fo wood. It is finished with walnut oil.

To cut segments I used a sliding table designed by Jerry Bennett. I made the sliding table, depth stop, zero clearance segment deflector, 15 degree template, and 8 degree template. Search for Jerry Bennett Wedgie Sled for plans.

Good turning.

Woodturning One Scoop After Another

Cedar Scoop

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Recently, I saw Sören Berger turn a scoop. He made it look easy and indeed it is — after you’ve completed one.

This cedar scoop combines elements of spindle turning, multi-axis turning, and bowl turning.

It also includes turning a perfect sphere. A perfect sphere is no problem for me, I have that process down. The difference is that this sphere must be on the end of a handle. I cannot rotate the ball’s axis as I can for an independent sphere.

Soren marked out first for a octagon, then rounded it over for a ball. However, he used his single purpose caliper to make critical measures for the octagon.

I don’t have his caliper – nor do I want a single purpose tool. However, the geometry is simple. I created a spreadsheet to related diameter to critical measures for the octagon. BTW, the length of a side of a polygon is 0.414 times the diameter.

My spreadsheet can be downloaded here.

My scoop is Titan cedar about six inches long with a 2.5 inch diameter bowl, finished with mineral oil and beeswax.

Good turning.