Aloha fellow „do-it-yourselfer“ and wetshaver! The temperatures are rising and is there a better way, to welcome the summer than with some Hawaii themed handmade shaving gear? Here is my tutorial on how to make a stylish Coconut Shaving Bowl.

 

What you need:

A Coconut
Raffia or Grass fibres
Sanding paper (80,120,320,400)
A Handsaw
Two-Part Epoxy glue
Boiled Linseed oil
and some Hobby Varnish

 

Step 1:

Make two holes, where the eye-shaped pores are and drain the coconut water.
The tissue there is pretty soft, so you can use a nail and a hammer, a corkscrew or a drill and just push it in.

 

Step 2:

Take your handsaw and cut the nut in half, a little bit over the „equator“. The part with the eyes is going to be our stand, so it has to be a bit smaller.

 

Step 3:

Clean out the coconut meat.
The easiest and fastest way for me is, inserting a blunt knife between the nutshell and the meat, slightly twisting it and working the way around the shell.
Just make sure, the nut does not crack.

 

Step 4:

Now comes the sanding.
Start with the lowest grid and work your way up to the highest. Make sure all the scratches from the lower grid are sanded out, before you move on to a higher one.

Before the sanding:


After the 80 grid:

120 grid:

320 grid:

After the 400 grid:

Step 5:

Lightly sand the insides and make sure that the edges are straight and there are no saw marks left.
It is not necessary to completely sand the brighter parts away and since coconuts are „waterproof“ we don´t have to seal the inside.

 

Step 6:

Now it is time to make the stand out of the part with the eyeshaped holes.

Make sure, that the saw edge lies flat on a straight surface and mark where you want to cut the top off.

Use the saw and some rough sandingpaper to cut the ring out and smooth it.

Try to find the orientation, where the two parts fit the best and mark it with a pencil.


Try to make the gap as small as possible by sanding all the parts from the stand away, where it is in contact with the bowl. (a mini sanding-tool is helpful, but it can easily be done by hand)
This step takes the longest, because after you have sanded one part away, you have to recheck and sand another part away, till you are satisfied.

 

Step 7:

First remove all pencil marks with the finest sandpaper you used and then finish both parts of the coconut with boiled linseed oil.
Rub in a thick layer of the oil and let it sink in for around 30 minutes. After that, rub the project with a clean rag to remove any excess surface oil. Let the project now sit for around 24 hours to let the boiled linseed oil cure.

Precautions:
Be careful with the handling and disposal of the rags used to apply linseed oil. The oil (the solvents in it) can generate heat through an exothermic reaction with the air, and this has been known to start unintended fires.

 

Step 8:

Glue the two parts together with the Two-Part Epoxy glue and let it thoroughly cure.
(put something heavy on top, to fix it while curing)

 

Step 9:

With the Raffia or Grass fibres we can mask smaller gaps, that were left after Step 7.
Wrap it around a few times, until you like the look of it and tuck the ends underneath the other fibres. Cut the excess, secure everything with some drops of glue and let it cure.

As the last step, lacquer the fibres to make it waterproof and let it dry.
To make sure, that no varnish gets on the coconut, you can mask it with a masking tape.

 

And here is the finished coconut shaving bowl!

 

If you have any questions or something else to say, just leave a comment!
Me ke Aloha pumehana!

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