It's about as big as a Hot Tub.
In other words, the size of a Hot Tub is 1 times 48,600 tablespoons.(for Lifesmart Rock Solid Simplicity Plug and Play 4 Person Spa With 12 Jets) (a.k.a. Spa, a.k.a. Jacuzzi, a.k.a. Whirlpool) (Advertised Capacity)
An average, four-person hot tub holds 48,600 tablespoons of water. Modern hot tubs became popular outside of Japan starting in about 1940.
It's about four-and-a-half times as big as a Bathtub.
In other words, the size of a Bathtub is 0.220 times 48,600 tablespoons.(a.k.a. bath, a.k.a. tub) (for Bootz Industries Aloha 5 ft. Left Hand Drain Soaking Tub)
The capacity of a typical bathtub is 11,000 tablespoons. Historically, bathtubs have been made of various materials including marble, terracotta, silver, gold, and iron but the size and shape of the tubs has changed little in their 7,000 year history.
It's about nine-and-a-half times as big as a Car Gas Tank.
In other words, 48,600 tablespoons is 9.490 times the size of a Car Gas Tank, and the size of a Car Gas Tank is 0.1050 times that amount.(for 2009 Ford Taurus)
A car gas tank (for example, that of a 2009 Ford Taurus) holds 5,120 tablespoons of gas. In contrast, the Curved Dash Oldsmobile — the first mass-produced car — had a fuel capacity of just 1,350 tablespoons.
It's about twelve times as big as a Beer Keg.
In other words, 48,600 tablespoons is 12.20 times the size of a Beer Keg, and the size of a Beer Keg is 0.082 times that amount.(Half barrel; maximum capacity)
The most common keg size sold by US beer sellers is a half-barrel type with a volume of 3,970 tablespoons. This type of keg contains the equivalent of 165 24 tablespoons cans of beer.
It's about one-fifteenth as big as a Concrete Mixer Truck.
In other words, the size of a Concrete Mixer Truck is 15 times 48,600 tablespoons.(a.k.a. cement mixer, a.k.a. cement mixer truck, a.k.a. cement transport truck, a.k.a. concrete mixer, a.k.a. concrete transport truck, a.k.a. in-transit mixer)(standard size; drum capacity)
A concrete mixer truck has a drum volume of up to 740,000 tablespoons. Concrete mixer trucks can be in transit for about 90 minutes before the concrete dries — if the concrete dries while in the drum, jackhammers or even dynamite must be used to remove it.
It's about 65 times as big as a Basketball (packed).
In other words, 48,600 tablespoons is 64.7400761130 times the size of a Basketball (packed), and the size of a Basketball (packed) is 0.015446382829 times that amount.(64% packing density) (NBA official ball standards, Size 7)
A NBA official ball, manufactured by Spalding, is a Size 7 ball measures about 480.444291490 tablespoons. These balls have 4,118 pebbles each with a diameter of 2.5 mm
It's about 85 times as big as a Bowling Ball (packed).
In other words, 48,600 tablespoons is 87.2836418050 times the size of a Bowling Ball (packed), and the size of a Bowling Ball (packed) is 0.011456900506 times that amount.(64% packing density) (USBC specifications; tenpin)
According to United States Bowling Congress specifications, a tenpin bowling ball should measure at least 10.795 cm (4.25 in) in radius for a total volume of about 356.355433350 tablespoons. Because regulation balls measure the same diameter irrespective of their weight, ball density varies by size and balls weighing less than about 5 kg (11 lbs) will float in water.