Thursday, October 10, 2019

How to make a kuksa mug










Tools and materials I propose:

This project is inspired by the traditional Finnish kuksa mug. Traditionally, a guksi is made out of birch burl. But I made mine out of basswood. 

I begun by using a square piece of basswood. I used a hand plane to make the top and bottom flat. 

I then designed my kuksa on the wood. It is important to keep the centres of each side visible while you carve the shape. 

Next i cut the shape on the bandsaw. The side was two thick for my bandsaw so I used a handsaw. 

With the basic shape done I started hollowing the kuksa with a spoon carving knife. 

Using the spokeshave I started shaping the exterior. I was careful to follow the grain. On the endgrain I used the tool at an angle. I used a carving knife to reach into a few tight spots. 

I then started hollowing again. I kept moving back and forth between the spokeshave and the hook knife, until I felt in my hand that the walls of the mug were even. 

I used a forester bit to drill the hole for the leather hanger. 

Once I was happy with the shape, I used a flat and a round file to even all the exterior surfaces. 

To sand the interior I made a custom spherical sanding bit on the lathe. You can make similar bits for your drill. Make sure that the foldings of your sand paper follow the direction of your drill’s spinning.  

After roughly sanding the interior, I sanded everything with 100, 220 and 320grit sandpaper. I finished the kuksa with food safe mineral oil. 

I cut a piece of leather as a hanger and my kuksa or guksi was ready.

I think it is perfect for a cup of mountain tea. But that was it, see you soon with a new project video!



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Thursday, October 3, 2019

How to make a handmade wooden spoon











Tools and materials I propose:

Making spoons with hand tools is really relaxing and satisfying. I made my spoon using a few carving knives and a spokeshave. The wood I used is basswood. 

I begun by squaring a piece of basswood on my plane/jointer machine. I then cut my blank to size on the tablesaw. You can skip this step and just get a ready made flat board.

I then designed my spoon’s shape on my blank. I carefully marked the centres of each side. I also tried to keep them visible throughout the process. 

I cut the first side on the bandsaw. I then temporarily hot glued the offcuts back in their place. Then I cut the other side of the design. 

Using a spokeshave I did some shaping on the back of the spoon and also on the handle. 

Using my hook knife I started hollowing the spoon. I then used the large knife to do some shaping. I also used a small detail knife to get into some tight spots. Throughout the whole process I was paying attention to the grain of the wood. It is important not to force the fibers of the wood. The knives must be stropped razor sharp and you should be able to create nice shavings easily. 

I then sanded the spoon smooth with 100grit. I moved on to 220 and 320. At 400 I wet sanded with mineral oil. Finally I used some abrasive paste to polish it.

I am really happy with the way it came it out. The whole process was so fun to do.

But that was it, see you soon with a new project video.


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