Pass the Pasta!!
Here are three great kitchen tools that will take the work and guesswork out of pasta-making -- and serve-up some nice profits at shows and craft fairs, too !
Making too much or too little spaghetti will cease to be a problem with this handy kitchen utensil. Just fill the one, two, three or four-serving holes with pasta to get the right amount, every time.
Start by making a stiff cardboard (or hardboard) template of the spaghetti measure pattern as drawn in the Spaghetti Measure Template. Be sure to drill 1/16-inch diameter center-marking holes at each of the five hole locations on your template.
Cut some 3/4-inch x 3-inch x 15-inch pieces of hardwood stock (we used cherry). Using the template you just made, trace the outside shape of the spaghetti measure onto your stock and mark your five hole centers.
Use your drill press and hole saws to bore the 7/8-inch, 1-1/8-inch, 1-1/2-inch and 1-3/4-inch holes in your stock. Don’t forget to drill the small, 3/16-inch dia. hanging hole.
Once you’ve drilled all the holes, use your bandsaw to carefully cut the overall shape and your drum sander to smooth the outside edges. Then go back to your bandsaw to resaw your 3/4-inch stock into two workpieces, about 3/8-inch thick before running each through your thickness planer (or over your jointer) to smooth the surfaces.
Now, use your Shopsmith Router Package with the 1/4-inch Router Chuck and a bearing pilot, 1/4” round-over Router Bit to round-over the outside and inside edges.
Finishing: We recommend that you use a non-toxic Salad Bowl Finish or other non-toxic finish of your choice for this project.
Pricing: When made out of domestic hardwoods such as cherry, oak or maple, the measure and fork should bring between $15 and $20 as a pair and the cooling rack $15 to $20 by itself! Make them out of more exotic woods and they’ll bring even more. In fact, why not offer a variety?