Introduction: How to Make a Wooden Spoon

Tools
Pencil
Scissors
Bandsaw
Rasp
Vice or clamps
File
1/2”- 3/4” carving gouge

Materials

Paper
10”x3”x1 ¾” or bigger piece of wood
Masking tape
Sandpaper 100,120,150 grits
Mineral oil

Safety

• Do not wear loose clothing, necklaces, gloves, or bracelets when operating saw
• Wear safety glasses and ear protection when using bandsaw
• Keep hands at least three inches from bandsaw blade and away from cutting path
• Rasps can be very rough, taping the end without a handle can make it easier to hold
• Hold gouge properly keeping a hand in contact with wood to prevent slipping
Wood allergy



It will take about 1.5 hours to complete.

The spoon in the image above is Yellow Poplar




Step 1: Choosing the Wood

The first step in constructing your wooden spoon is choosing the size and species of the wood. The size of the initial block of wood will be dependent on how big of spoon you plan to construct. Choosing the species of the wood is dependent on a number of factors. A low density hardwood such as yellow poplar or bass wood will make for easy carving. For a longer lasting spoon, a less porous species such as soft maple or white oak. Any species harder is too difficult to carve. Overall, yellow poplar is easy to carve and will provide a long lasting spoon.

See picture above

Basswood (Top Spoon)

White Oak (Middle Spoon)

Red Oak (Bottom Spoon)

Step 2: Sketching the Top View

Sketch the top view of the spoon onto paper.

Step 3: Sketching the Profile View

Sketch the side view of the spoon onto paper.

Step 4: Cutting Out the Template

Cut out the top and profile templates that were sketched in steps 2 & 3 with scissors.

Step 5: Tracing the Top View

Trace the top view template onto the top face of wood.

Step 6: Tracing the Profile View

Trace the profile view template on the  edge of the wood.

Step 7: Cutting the Profile View

Cut the profile view first using the bandsaw. (Note the following safety issues)

Safety

• Do not wear loose clothing, necklaces, or bracelets when operating saw
• Wear safety glasses and ear protection when using bandsaw
• Keep hands at least three inches from bandsaw blade and away from cutting path



Step 8: Taping Wood Back Togehter

Tape cut pieces back together with masking tape.

Step 9: Cutting TheTop View

Cut one side of top view using the bandsaw. (Note the following safety issues)

Safety

• Do not wear loose clothing, necklaces, or bracelets when operating saw
• Wear safety glasses and ear protection when using bandsaw
• Keep hands at least three inches from bandsaw blade and away from cutting path

Step 10: Retape Cut Pieces

Re-tape the cut side with masking tape.

Step 11: Cutting the Top View

Cut the other side of top view using the bandsaw. (Note the following safety issues)

Safety

• Do not wear loose clothing, necklaces, or bracelets when operating saw
• Wear safety glasses and ear protection when using bandsaw
• Keep hands at least three inches from bandsaw blade and away from cutting path

Step 12: Using the Rasp on the Handle

Use rasp to round all the edges of the handle to a shape that is comfortable to hold in your hand. (Note the following safety issues)

Safety

• Rasps can be very rough, taping the end without a handle can make it easier to hold

Step 13: Using the Rasp on Scoop

Use rasp to shape the outside of the scoop to a rounded profile. (Note the following safety issues)

Safety

• Rasps can be very rough, taping the end without a handle can make it easier to hold

Step 14: Using the File

Use the file to remove any marks left from the rasp.

Step 15: Draw Scoop Shape

Sketch the scoop shape that you plan to carve out on the top of spoon with a pencil at least 3/16” from edges.

Step 16: Using the Gauge

Use gouge to make concave scoop by carefully shaving and removing the wood until desired scoop depth. Hold gouge in a controlled manner to prevent injury and irreversible damage to spoon. (Note following safety issues)



Safety

• Hold gouge properly keeping a hand in contact with wood to prevent slipping
•The second picture shows the improper way to hold the gouge


Step 17: Sanding

Use 100 grit sandpaper to remove all visible marks on spoon.

Step 18: Continue Sanding

Continue sanding the spoon and increase the sandpaper grit until the desired smoothness is achieved.

Step 19: Sealing the Spoon

Saturate with mineral oil and allow time to dry.

Once the spoon has dried it can be used to stir/serve sauces, soups, or anything else that can be served with a spoon.

Every few months reapply the mineral oil to expand the life span of the spoon.

Caution

Avoid contact with cooking oils because it will reduces the life span of the spoon.

Comments

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logans (author)2012-10-18

where did you buy your gouge?

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kpaget (author)2012-08-13

Thanks so much for showing how to do this. You did a terrific job :).

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Ray from RI (author)2012-06-26

Excellent!!!

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gbowen-1 (author)2012-06-17

That is very true and thanks for the info Matthew

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MatthewEnderle (author)2012-01-14

Hey you should add to Not wear gloves while in woodworking because sanders, saws, planers, and jointers will pull the gloves with your hand right in if they connect.

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gbowen-1 (author)2011-03-30

In safety we linked a wood allergy website

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Scott_Tx (author)2011-03-30

Might want to make a note on wood allergies for your choice of wood also

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