Intro: How to Make Wooden Cooking Spoons
Quite a while back i published the pictures of some of my oak spoons i made, but now i finally decided to make a step by step Instructable. But anyyywho lets get to work.
Step 1: Materials
First ya gotta get the right tools, here is just a quick sample of what you need, most of which could be done by other means.
-Wood (i used old oak flooring)
-Bandsaw (Coping saw)
-Small belt sander(utility knife)
-Curved chisel (this project can be done without a curved chisel...it just takes a long time. It is just and extensive process with a knife and sandpaper)
-Linseed oil or other foodsafe finisher
-And a whole lotta sand paper
Step 2: Design
Do some research
Start some sketches on paper
Step 3: Rough Cutting
Find the piece of wood you wish to use. Use hardwoods and make sure it is safe for cooking. With the research I've done, woods like fruit woods and tight grained woods are best. Obviously don't use toxic wood.
With the wood ready transfer your design over.
Sharpie it on so it is easily visible
I had to first saw off the edges to get a solid piece of wood.
Saw out the rough shape with a band saw or coping saw.
Step 4: Time for Sanding
I do most of the shaping work the cheaters way...with a small belt-sander. It works so well i just cant resist the efficiency . If you do not have a belt sander, you can use a sharp knife just as well.
Shaping is a fairly simply concept just slip on 120 or so grit belt and sand away. Don't sand too fast and always stay in control.
Step 5: Finishing the Handle
Secure the uncarved spoon bowl in a vice with wood cushions, and begin final shaping with the sandpaper.
Get to the desired finished point and its time to work on the bowl.
Step 6: Bowl Carving
Alright everyone, time for the bowl, the tricky part (not really).
Draw out the bowl size on the bowl
Use the wood chisel and carve away.
Be careful not to split the wood, try to just carve it
Cut from all sides and work with little force
You can use a hammer or wooden chisel hammer or just push it by hand.
Go only a little bit at a time, no rush.
Any questions, Ask away
Step 7: Linseed Oil
I just wanna say that linseed oil is some incredible stuff....anyways...well yeah so when you're happy with the design and have finished sanding it thoroughly, it is time to oil it up.
Step 8: Don't Stop Reading I'm Not Done
Please everyone...i love getting responses. Tell me what I have done wrong. I learn mostly from my own experience and research. Always looking to learn a thing or too.