Intro: How to Make Kitchen Utensils
Hello again. I need some new utensils for my kitchen, and since I've still got some olive wood left in my workshop, I might as well make them myself. Olive wood is perfect for kitchenware, but since I haven't got enough, the skimmer will have to be made with hard maple wood.
Step 1: Cut and Sanding
I've drawn the contour on the computer to print out a template that will make the process easier. You can download it for free on my website if you are interested.
Now I'll cut all the necessary material from this piece of olive wood on the table saw and glue the template onto the wood.
With the inverted jig saw, I cut along the template's contour and finish with the sanding disc.
My thickness sander's drum will be great for sanding all the curved parts.
I drill holes in the utensils so I can hang them on a rack, as well as these holes in the skimmer.
Step 2: Carve the Bowl of the Utensils
Time to carve the bowl of the spoon. I mark this circumference as a guide and start gouging from the centre working my way to the edge using a carving chisel.
After turning the spoon over, I give shape to the back with a rasp.
I'll try to leave the chisel marks as decoration. I've seen the effect on many occasions and think it looks pretty.
I'll follow the same steps with the skimmer. I'll try giving shape to the backside with the belt sander. The part of the belt that doesn't have the metal piece behind it is perfect for these curved bits.
Now I'll keep working the handle, I mark a rebate and try to do it with the thickness sander. I need to raise the spoon on one end as high as the amount of wood that needs to be cut. It's easier to do it this way.
I finish shaping the skimmer with the thickness sander, and finally, by hand with files and sandpaper.
For the sake of convenience, I want to give the skimmer and spatula a bit more curvature, which I'll do with this bending iron. Since this is a bit of a long process, I'll make another instructable detailing it. I'll save a lot of material this way.
Now all that's left is to apply some pure linseed oil and, of course, test out our new utensils in the kitchen!