This is a prototype spoon I made this weekend out of Southern Yellow Pine. The final product will probably be in Mahogany. It was a simple 2-sided project but I figured some folks might like to learn from it. I know I learn a ton from others’ projects.
I’m currently making this awesome coffee chest for my wife. When researching the parts and pieces in it, I learned that the original maker wanted to eliminate all plastic from the kit to give it an antique feel. He bought the measuring spoon head, turned the handles and purchased the stir stick from Sur La Table. I found the stir stick online but it was $5 plus $8 shipping. Well, screw that, I’m a woodworker with cool toys. I’ll make one.
I decided to combine the spoon and stir stick into one piece. I modeled it in Fusion 360 and was able to calculate the exact volume of the scoop to match the plastic scoop that came with the brewer. Then I used VCarve Pro for my 2-sided CAM.
First I did a roughing toolpath:
1/4" 3-flute endmill (Carbide3d #201)
18K rpm (2 on the Dewalt trim router)
Then the finishing toolpath:
1/16" ballnose (Amana #46282)
27K rpm (6 on the Dewalt)
I used asymmetric dowels holes to get a perfect flip about the X axis. First you cut 3 randomly placed holes in the top of the work piece, then do the roughing and finishing pass. With the block removed, you cut a mirror image of the dowel holes into the spoilboard. When flipped over, there’s only one orientation in which the holes will align. It works really well in the several 2-sided jobs I’ve done.
Hope this helps anyone wanting to do something similar!