January 24, 2022

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How to Make a Spoon Mule with Fred Esker

2 min read

We join Fred Esker at his woodshop to capture and enjoy building a Spoon Mule.
See also Fred’s video on How to Carve Wooden Spoons on a Spoon Mule: https://youtu.be/ZClIRx16-TM

Be sure to use proper safety equipment and follow best shop safety practices.
While filming we follow all local health and safety recommendations – including masks when social distancing isn’t possible.

Video Production Date: July 30, 2021.

0:00 How to Make a Spoon Mule with Fred Esker
0:57 Hardware
1:07 The Mule Bench
3:07 The Mule Back Leg
6:39 The Mule Front Legs
18:42 The Mule Seat
20:43 The Mule Head
26:09 The Mule Clamp Axle Wire & Mule Head Assembly
28:31 The Mule Clamp Sticks
32:55 The Mule Clamp Spacers
33:22 The Mule Head Wedge
34:19 Rounding Edges, Faces & Rasping Pockets
35:34 Conclusion
35:42 End

Spoon Mule Cut List
3: 2in X 6in X 8ft Lumber (Benches & Legs)
1: 2in X 10in X 4ft or 8ft Lumber for Mule Head Top & Seat: 11in X 16in X 1-1/2in Thick & Rounded.
1: 2in X 6in X 5-1/2in Seat Stem
2: 1in X 1-1/4in X 8 ft , 4ft or 6ft Length – Poplar Lumber for Legs
1: Coat Hanger Wire, or #9 Galvanized Gauge Wire
2: Clamp Sticks: 1-1/4in W X 3/4in Thick X Self-determined length based on Mule Head Height from user height.
2: Clamp Spacers: 1-1/4in X 2-1/2in X 5/16in, 1/4in or 3/8in Thick
1: Poplar Wedge: 3/4in Stock: 7in L X 1/2in Lower End X 1-1/4 Higher End
2: Galvanized Carriage Bolts 3/8in-16 X 5in LG.
2: Galvanized Carriage Bolts 3/8in-16 X 8in LG.
4: Galvanized Washers 3/8in
4: Galvanized Nuts 3/8in-16
1: Box of 3in LG Phillips Head Dry Wall/Deck Screws
1: 3/8in Diameter long bit: https://www.woodcraft.com/products/fisch-3-8-inch-x-10-inch-long-high-speed-steel-brad-point-drill-bit
1: 1in Diameter forstner bit: https://www.woodcraft.com/products/wave-cutter-1-dia-x-3-8-x-3-1-2-oal
1: 1/4in Diameter brad point bit: https://www.woodcraft.com/products/1-4-sxt-brad-point-drill-bit-montana

Tools Used in this video:
WoodRiver Bevel Gauge: https://www.woodcraft.com/products/woodriver-bevel-gauge
Flat Square: https://www.woodcraft.com/products/bon-tools-flat-square-24-x-16
WoodRiver Shoulder Plane:https://www.woodcraft.com/products/woodriver-92-medium-shoulder-plane
Ripping Saw: https://www.woodcraft.com/products/lynx-wclr26-ripping-saw-26-x-4-1-2-tpi
Band Saw: https://www.woodcraft.com/categories/bandsaws
Drill Press: https://www.woodcraft.com/categories/drill-presses
Ryoba Saw: https://www.woodcraft.com/products/harima-ryoba-saw-210mm-with-canvas-cover
Flush Cut Saw: https://www.woodcraft.com/products/japanese-kugihiki-flush-cutting-hand-saw
Coping Saw: https://www.woodcraft.com/products/groz-coping-saw-frame
Butt Chisel: https://www.woodcraft.com/products/pfeil-swiss-made-butt-chisel-12mm-1-2
F-Clamp: https://www.woodcraft.com/products/bessey-12-f-style-clamp
Handscrew Clamp: https://www.woodcraft.com/products/pinnacle-12-handscrew-clamp
Cordless Drill: https://www.woodcraft.com/categories/handheld-drills-drivers
Files & Rasps: https://www.woodcraft.com/categories/files-rasps
Wood Mallet: https://www.woodcraft.com/products/crown-mallet-beechwood-20-oz-4-1-2-head
Beam Compass: https://www.woodcraft.com/products/rotape-beam-compass for 11in seat curves.

Woodworking News Source: Woodcraft

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