Simple Butter Knife - Swedish Style





Introduction: Simple Butter Knife - Swedish Style

A very simple wooden butter knife/butter spreader (smörkniv). Classic Swedish style made of juniper wood. Most school kids do these in woodshop. They are simple, easy to make and does not take a long time to do.

The butter knife is a really good beginner project. Especially for practicing your bandsaw skills.

These knives makes a great gift too.

For this instructable (that is my first) I use :

- Juniper wood
- A (small) bandsaw (but you could use a jigsaw or ar saw). But the bandsaw is really the tool of choice here.
- A sander and/or a sanding block with 80 to 240 grit.
- Food safe oil

Oh! and a pen for tracing the shape.

Here goes... Butter up! If you want to see this in moving pictures I have a little video above and below.

Step 1: Tracing From a Template or From an Old Knife

I have ripped the wood to about 5 mm thick strips that are wide enough to trace the butter knife to.

I use juniper wood (and for the classic Swedish butter knife, this is the go-to material), but other hardwood may work. I guess wood from fruit trees like cherry, apple or pear may work excellent too. I would not recommend using pine or fir.

I made the template I'm using a while ago (you could use cardboard, but I made mine in masonite) so I can use this shape many times over. I really like this shape of the butter knife.

Step 2: Cut It Off!

And then I'm cutting close to the line using a small bandsaw. You could also use a jigsaw for this.

Step 3: Sanding the Final Shape

I'm starting to make the final shape using a small sander with grit 80 sanding paper. Then I go to 120. I round the corners and make the handle nice to the touch.

Also I'm sanding the thickness of the blade so it cuts the butter like.... well... like butter I guess.

Step 4: The Final Step

After the sanding and when I feel happy with the shape. I "sand" the surface with steel wool. I'm aiming at silk smooth here. And then I use food safe oil that I apply with a rag.

Step 5: And the Finished Butter Knife

Thats it. Ready to be used.

Yes, It may be simple. Yes - there is not many steps. But its a nice beginner woodworking project me thinks.

I also made a little video that shows the same steps.

Now go and make a sandwich with your new butter knife!

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    This is the best way to spread butter, Nutella etc. Knifes sometimes can scrape plastic from the containers inside. Wash with soap and sponge and put aside to dry. Never in the dishwasher. Oil it occasionally to keep the wood from drying out. Great Instructable!

    Many thanks and good notes! Tip of the hat to you.

    heja Sverige!

    smörkniv + osthyvel in your kitchen drawers shows that you are swedish!

    So true! And hard bread (knäckebröd) in your pantry! :-)

    Nice little knives.

    Many thanks!

    Those came out beautifully! Great work :)

    :-) Many friendly thanks!