Introduction: Wooden Spoon
I used a piece of pine board for my wooden spoon. I drew out the outline of the spoon. Use a straightedge for the handle and paint can to mark the curved parts of the spoon. This is a rough shape to get started. Avoid including any knots in the spoon.
Step 1: Cutting the Basic Shape
I used a jigsaw to cut the outline of the spoon.
Step 2: Carving the Spoon Part 1
Draw a rough shape on the side of the spoon and top of the spoon. Use a drill bit and some tape on the drill bit as a depth gauge. Drill holes in the inner section using the tape as a depth gauge. Reset the tape on the drill bit on the 2nd section and drill holes in that section. These drill holes are used to make sure carving doesn't get too deep.
Step 3: Carving the Spoon Part 2
I used some woodcarving tools to slowly remove the inside of the spoon until you reach the bottom of your drilled holes. I then slowly worked to the outside edge of the spoon. Sanding inside is tricky. If you have a dremel with a rounded bit, that works well. Otherwise sandpaper does the job with time.
Step 4: Carving the Spoon Part 3
I then moved to carving the outside part of the spoon. Slowly work your way to the center until you are comfortable with a shape that mimics the inside shape of the spoon. Once you have the shape you want, sand away. This is much easier to sand than the inside. Work your way down to finer and finer grits of sandpaper.
Step 5: Carving the Spoon Part 4
Carving the handle is probably the easiest part. Work your way from the spoon to the end of the handle to make sure you don't remove more area from the spoon section. A utility knife or other sharp blade works fine to remove the corners. Once you have the desired roundness sand away.
Step 6: Finishing
I went over the whole spoon again with the different levels of grit of sandpaper, coarse to fine. I used butcher block stain which is meant for things like cutting boards, so it is food safe. Follow the instructions on the can and you are ready to cook!
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