Mesquite Ladle

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  • #17236
    Mexiquite
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    I had an extra block of mesquite laying around and so I thought I would try some free handed woodworking.

    I am going to make a ladle.

    As you might know, mesquite is about two times harder than oak. This might be more challenging than I think.

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    #17248
    David Gill
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    Challenging or not You have started so you must finish lol

    Wigan, Lancs. England :

    #17254
    Mexiquite
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    Wow, this stuff is tough, but sharp tools make the difference.

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    md11toolman
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    That is a great project and may be more challenging that you think. Mesquite is one of Paul’s favorite woods and he has probably made numerous ladles with it. He may have a suggestion or two as you progress but you are right about having very sharp tools to do the task. Save the chips for the smoker! Ha

    Retired airPLANE driver. Learning a new lifestyle in woodworking is fantastic!

    #17258
    Martin McColl
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    You’re not wrong, I have split a limb to make two spoons. Getting a flat surface on each piece has taken a lot of effort. Wonderful shine to the smooth surface though. Your ladle should look “sharp” when its finished. Ha

    Martin ... Tucson, Arizona, USA.

    #17273
    Steve Follis
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    This is great Mexiquite, it is fun watching that ladle emerge from that piece of scrap wood.

    Memphis, Tennessee

    #17289
    cpetersen1970
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    Can’t wait to see how it turns out! I too have been inspired to tackle more and more things out of my comfort zone, with mixed results. But I always keep in mind that as George pointed out in another thread, failure is normal and if I don’t try new things I will never get good at them.

    We don’t have mesquite here in Michigan, but we do have hop hornbeam, which by all accounts is one of the hardest of all North American woods, reported to “work like stone”, dulling blades and being very challenging to deal with. I am going to hunt some up to make a mallet…

    #17301
    Mexiquite
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    Taking shape! I’m using a 1/2 Marples gouge and it’s not quite doing the job. So, I went ahead and spent more on the gouge Paul recommends http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/hirsch7straightgouge35mm.aspx
    than my whole 6 set of Marples Blue ship chisels, but it should last me a lifetime. It should be worth it.

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    #17309
    Martin McColl
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    “I went ahead and spent more on the gouge Paul recommends”

    I think you have probably enjoyed using this tool as much as I have this afternoon. Should have been cleaning up the garage so I could find a place for my new bench. Instead I could not resist using the new toy.

    Martin ... Tucson, Arizona, USA.

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    #17322
    Mexiquite
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    @mmccoll NICE! I know the feeling, then before you know it, an hour or two has gone by. Wood working is very rewarding.

    #17617
    Mexiquite
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    I got the Hirsch gouge and WHAT a DIFFERENCE it makes. The radius difference is be big plus and feels really good to use.

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    #17679
    StepJohns
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    Wow that looks great! Its such a great thing to see a raw piece of wood turned in to a useful household item, it amazes me every time. Great work

    #17680
    Ken
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    Nice job guys. 😉

    #17681
    Eddy Flynn
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    well done guys both projects look great

    Eddy .. Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
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    #18041
    Mexiquite
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    Thank you. @ken who all constitute “guys”? 🙂 I don’t work with Paul and Phil if that’s whom you’re referring to. I hope to one day, but at the moment I’m in San Antonio Texas trying to build some skills to take another course with Paul and Phil next year some time.

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