Wooden Spoons




About: Your local sugar loving teenager.

I'm 99.9% positive you have used a spoon today. Whether it was to eat a tasty bowl of raisin bran, or to make cookies, or to whap someone on the head because they're being annoying, you've most likely used a spoon. Well, wanna know what's 10 times cooler than using that boring spoon you bought from the store? Making one. But wait! How do you make a spoon?

And that is where I come in.

Wooden spoons are super easy to make. Your only limitation may be that your parents won't let you use some power tools unsupervised. *GRRRR* But outside of that, it's all super easy and any mistakes you make become part of their homemade charm.

And on a side note, if this really interests you, I would recommend reading The Artful Wooden Spoon (link), where I got the idea for this instructable.

This is getting too long. LET'S GET STARTED!

Step 1: Gather Your Tools.

You will need the following:

  • A scrollsaw (or another similar device)
  • A Dremel (or another similar device)
  • A sander (not included in the image) or sandpaper (this may hurt your hand)
  • Wood (at least 12 in by 3 in and 1 in thick)

Step 2: Cut Your Outline

Draw an outline on your wood. I made a heart shaped on that looked really cool, so if you want a shape like that, now is the time to do it. Then, using the scrollsaw, cut it out. It should be spoon-shaped.

Step 3: Sand.

Using your preferred sanding method, sand off any mistakes you made, or make a cool curvy handle with your spindle sander.

Step 4: The Bowl.

Draw out a nice bowl shape that covers the area where you want the bowl to be. Then, clamp down your piece of wood and start dremeling. (If that's a word.) Continue until the bowl is reasonably deep for your piece of wood.

Step 5: Sand Some More!

Sand out the inside of your bowl so it's smooth, and anything else you think needs a good sanding.

Step 6: Oil.

I don't really have a picture for this, my iPad died and I couldn't take photos. (Well, I tried, they just looked awful.)

You basically take a food-safe cloth and rub your oil on the spoon. Multiple coats are necessary. Also, I used a cutting board oil, but when oiling, I've heard linseed, walnut, and mineral oils do well, but olive oil and corn oil are a bad idea and can turn rancid.

Step 7: Use!

Wow, look at these spoons! And not only are they for looking pretty, they're for stirring things! Go and use them!



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7 Discussions

Brokk Hrafnssondoo da do

Reply 1 year ago

Different oils have different qualities. Flax-seed and Linseed oil are commonly used, but I've heard they have combustible qualities. Natural oils go rancid quite often, so mineral oil is preferred. I believe you're supposed to water the mineral oil down, but I forget the exact measurements.

Hope this helps.

RobertH410Brokk Hrafnsson

Reply 1 year ago

straight out of the bottle, apply several coats, waiting until it is absorbed the adding additional all coats until it doesn't absorb more.

PS. Don't wash in the dish washer!

Brokk HrafnssonRobertH410

Reply 1 year ago

Cool, thanks for the input, let's hope this helps any other readers ;)

ProfessorPidoo da do

Reply 1 year ago

Oh dear, it appears I forgot to include that. Olive oil is a bad idea. So is corn. They turn it rancid. I used a butcher block oil, but I've heard linseed oil, walnut, and mineral oil work well too.


1 year ago

Don't use any food type oils i.e.. Olive oil, corn oil ,or canola oil. These will all go rancid. The safest thing to use .medical grade mineral oil, you can get this in any pharmacy .


1 year ago

great idea, good job.