29 August 2013 at 4:58 pm #17236
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.29 August 2013 at 8:36 pm #17248David GillParticipant
Challenging or not You have started so you must finish lol
Wigan, Lancs. England :30 August 2013 at 2:34 am #17254
Wow, this stuff is tough, but sharp tools make the difference.30 August 2013 at 3:57 am #17256md11toolmanParticipant
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!30 August 2013 at 4:35 am #17258Martin McCollParticipant
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.30 August 2013 at 6:20 pm #17273Steve FollisParticipant
This is great Mexiquite, it is fun watching that ladle emerge from that piece of scrap wood.
Memphis, Tennessee31 August 2013 at 2:05 pm #17289cpetersen1970Participant
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…1 September 2013 at 12:36 am #17301
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.1 September 2013 at 6:51 am #17309Martin McCollParticipant
“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.1 September 2013 at 1:42 pm #17322
@mmccoll NICE! I know the feeling, then before you know it, an hour or two has gone by. Wood working is very rewarding.4 September 2013 at 4:28 pm #17617
I got the Hirsch gouge and WHAT a DIFFERENCE it makes. The radius difference is be big plus and feels really good to use.4 September 2013 at 10:00 pm #17679StepJohnsParticipant
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 work4 September 2013 at 10:09 pm #17680KenParticipant
Nice job guys. 😉4 September 2013 at 10:21 pm #17681Eddy FlynnParticipant
well done guys both projects look great
Eddy .. Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
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