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How to Make a Wooden Spoon

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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




 
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Step 1: Choosing the Wood

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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

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Sketch the top view of the spoon onto paper.

Step 3: Sketching the Profile View

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Sketch the side view of the spoon onto paper.

Step 4: Cutting Out the Template

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

Step 5: Tracing the Top View

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

Step 6: Tracing the Profile View

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

Step 7: Cutting the Profile View

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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



logans1 year ago
where did you buy your gouge?
kpaget1 year ago
Thanks so much for showing how to do this. You did a terrific job :).
Ray from RI2 years ago
Excellent!!!
gbowen-1 (author) 2 years ago
That is very true and thanks for the info Matthew
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.
gbowen-1 (author) 3 years ago
In safety we linked a wood allergy website
Scott_Tx3 years ago
Might want to make a note on wood allergies for your choice of wood also
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