Introduction: Custom Wooden Spoon

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My father enjoys natural things and he likes a couple of wooden spoons that i have made for him in the past so i decided to make a special spoon for him. He gave me a spoon that he liked to use and I decided to make a duplicate of it out of wood. I used walnut wood.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

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You will need

-PATIENCE (Its not too hard, but sometimes a bit time consuming)

-A spoon to duplicate

-A bandsaw or jigsaw (you could carve the shape also)

-Wood big enough to make your spoon

-Sandpaper 100 through 1500

-A rotary file for a drill or dremel

Step 2: Trace and Cut

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Simply lay your spoon on a piece of wood and trace the outline. after that is done and cut out then you need to do the same for the side profile of the spoon so you get all the curves right.

Step 3: Sand the Curves.

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Now use a chisel or sanding tools to refine the curves on the spoon. Make sure to not go past the lines from the original spoon.

Step 4: The Bowl

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Now use a dremel or a rotary file to dig out the inside of the spoon. Be careful on this step and do not go too thin. remember you still have to sand it. sorry the pictures I had got corrupted and I cant put them on sorry.

Step 5: Sand Sand Sand Finish Sand

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Refine the shape of your spoon to match your original spoon perfectly with low grit sandpaper like 100 or 150 grit. Then move up in your grits and make sure that every part is smooth before moving on. Focus on the bowl part especially though it is hard to sand.

After that you must finish it with whatever finish you like. Mineral oil, coconut oil, sad bowl finish, teak oil, linseed oil, polyeurethane or lacquer or any finish you want. I made this spoon for my father and since he likes natural things I just used raw coconut oil.

Step 6: Gift or Use

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Now that you are finished with a beautiful wooden spoon that is definitely heirloom material, then you must find a good use for it. For me it was giving it to my wonderful father who does so much for me.

You can practice making wooden spoon all you want and i hope you enjoy it as much as i do. i find it very relaxing and enjoyable. Some Pictures of my other spoons got corrupted also so sorry about that. I will try to take some pictures of them soon and add them in an update.

By the way, if you sand the spoon while it is wet, then it will be less likely to have raised grain when you are using it. Mine gets wet and it is still silky smooth. On some of the higher grits, just start using wet/dry sandpaper with water to keep the wood wet, but not soaked.

I hope you enjoyed your stay and please come again.

I would love to hear from you all on my page or down below in the comments.

BTW The first three people to make their own wooden spoon and show us in the comments below will receive a free 3 month pro membership.

Comments

jimmysymo (author)2015-11-27

30 YEARS i have been wood carving and this is the first time someone

has said use water,whilst sanding ,I have been doing this from my first

carving.Your spoon and other works are really great.If at 17 years of age you are

doing this fine work you are a perfectionist.and will be noticed in the world of ART.

I will be following you.Keep up the good work & love it.

buck2217 (author)2015-06-30

that is nice-- the only problem I would have is "Honey I've made a spoon" -- "Lovely, now go make the other 11 place settings!!"

CJStephens (author)2015-06-14

Great job! you do good work.

M.K3 made it! (author)2015-06-13

I made six of these with my wife today :)

Thanks for the great instructable.

al3may (author)2015-05-31

Nice work I'll have to try this next time we are at camp

tomasc2 (author)2015-05-31

I recently made a spoon using just a axe, a knife and a small chisel. The picture is before I gave its final shape and sanding, I finished it with cooking oil to be sure it was food safe.

tomasc2 (author)2015-05-31

I recently made a spoon using just a axe, a knife and a small chisel. The picture is before I gave its final shape and sanding, I finished it with cooking oil to be sure it was food safe.

tomasc2 (author)2015-05-31

riddus (author)2015-05-30

No, I didn't receive my membership, but it's okay. I had made this knife previously anyhow. Save the premium membership for somebody who was inspired to try something new from your instructable.

bllwdcrvr (author)2015-05-26

Keep up the great work!! I like your wooden spoon!! takes two hands to carve the bowl section. I have been carving for over 25yrs and your work looks great!!

Corinbw (author)bllwdcrvr2015-05-26

Thank you for the kind words. i appreciate it

riddus (author)2015-05-24

I too crafted the knife for my spoon. I made this from a piece of alloy I annealed and heat treated and the handle is from a piece of pallet.

Corinbw (author)riddus2015-05-25

Wow thank you for all the help. this is a lot nicer then the knife i
made. you should make an instructable on how you made it because i think
it would help a lot of people. That would be an amazing instructable,
and did you get your gift code for the free 3 month pro membership???

Corinbw (author)riddus2015-05-24

wow, that is a very nice knife. much nicer then mine was. i lost mine so i need to make another. how did you curve your blade?? pallet really? i love it.

riddus (author)2015-05-25

I used this as a rough guide. I have a background in metal working, so I took quite a few liberties with the instructions.

riddus (author)2015-05-25

http://www.caribooblades.com/makingahook.html

riddus (author)2015-05-25

Unless you count the torch I used to anneal and harden, or the oven baking I did to temper it.

riddus (author)2015-05-25

I used the deep red stain to hide all the blood I got on it while making it. Everything was done by hand and without power tools.

riddus (author)2015-05-25

I used two different diameter oak dowels clamped in a vice and beat it with a wooden mallet. The dowels double as sharpening sticks by wrapping the ends with sand paper and stapling them down. You can staple various grits down the length and clamp the whole down in the vice to use as a sharpening stone.

Basement_Craftsman (author)2015-05-23

Walnut spoon cut carved and sanded

wow that is very beautiful. its good to see others making spoons

riddus (author)2015-05-21

Heart shaped from Cherry! Thanks!

Corinbw (author)riddus2015-05-21

what did you use to dig out the bowl of the spoon?

Corinbw (author)riddus2015-05-21

Ooh wow that is amazing, i have never seen a spoon like that that and i want to know how you made it. you should make your own instructable on it. It is beautiful.

MarkM26 (author)2015-05-21

Really smart. Unfortunately I don't have the tools, but maybe in the future!

Corinbw (author)MarkM262015-05-21

That is a great idea with the coals. And the rotary file i bought was only like three bucks at a hardware store. Forney Brand. i hope you can find a way to make one. my first spoon had to be almost completely carved.

i forged a mini knife that was curved so i could carve out the bowl of the spoon. that was a fun process also.

roysh1 (author)MarkM262015-05-21

to be honest, you don't have to have all of those tools to do that.

you can carve the shape with a knife and an axe or knife only, and to do the bowl you can burn the wood with coals so it would create a bowl in the wood.

look for that method on the internet, I find that method to be more fun than power tools

bricobart (author)2015-05-20

Simply beautiful, veeeeeeeeery well done!

Corinbw (author)bricobart2015-05-21

wow, thank you. that feels great coming from you

J Reid (author)2015-05-20

wow. I had been lookin to buy all kind of hand carving tools, but I have the power tools to do this project. So thanks.

Corinbw (author)J Reid2015-05-21

yes i hand carved a few first, but i must say i like the ease of power tools

tinaciousz (author)2015-05-20

You are such a thoughtful son. I'm sure he loved it. I like your projects -- following you!

Corinbw (author)tinaciousz2015-05-21

Thank you for following and yes he did

padi4321 (author)2015-05-19

I made a spoon but I didn't use any electrical tools.Chiseling out the bowl was a pain though

Corinbw (author)padi43212015-05-21

that is how i made my first spoon and it was hard

NathanSellers (author)2015-05-20

Looks great! I love carving spoons.

vanessakeith (author)2015-05-20

great work!

WUVIE (author)2015-05-20

Nice, very nice!

ClenseYourPallet (author)2015-05-20

Beautiful work!! Thanks for the ible

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