Woodworking challenge – making a spoon

Wooden spoons have existed as long as human beings happen to be preparing food. They can be made with just a couple of simple tools, and the chances for fashions and layouts are endless. Also, they present an excellent chance to understand wood grain and how it acts. Join me on my first foray!

Focus on tools that are great
I used a mallet, a gauge, a spokeshave, a straight knife and a hook knife, with help from my bandsaw.


I purchased the carving knives specially to make spoons, although I had the gouge, spokeshave, and mallet. I arrived at the knives after looking around online at several excellent examples of carving knives. Del has made perhaps tens of thousands of spoons and thousands of knives. He makes the handle with beautiful hardwoods and the blade from raw steel. Del’s knives come razor sharp and are made. They look sharper.

The blade is sharp along the whole curve of the hook, making it perfect for forming spoons.

Locate carving wood that is great
Soft woods like poplar, basswood, pine and others are excellent for carving. Hardwoods like cherry, maple, walnut, and ash can be carved at the same time, though they may be difficult to cut. Fresh cut wood with a moisture content that is high is not especially bad for carving. Because I ‘ve some on hand, I’m starting out with poplar for my first spoons.

Know about grain course
Most reductions will be a little of both. Take your time and observe what occurs when you make cuts that are distinct. The wood will coach you on what not to do.

With a few other tools, my new knives and a piece of poplar, I am prepared to begin making a spoon!

Tutorial on the best way to make a wooden spoon
Step 1: Draw the spoon
Draw on the rough shape of a spoon along with the poplar, for instance, the interior and outdoor contour of the bowl of the spoon. Make a layout if you need, but don’t belabor it too much. Additionally, draw a center line. On the side of the spoon, draw on the profile, revealing the contour of the stalk and the underside curve of the bowl.

Here’s a hint: So you’ve got more place to clamp leave as opposed to the amount of the spoon.

Draw on the rough shape of the spoon, for example, depth of the walls of the bowl.

Additionally, draw on the profile of the spoon.

Step 2: Use a mallet for the rough formation of the bowl and the gauge

You are going to begin to have curls of wood facing in both ways. Working in from the sides, remove with the gouge. Until you begin to reach the depth, enlarge slowly from the center along the line you need to attain. Now, just make cuts perpendicularly. Your cuts to enlarge laterally at the same time to form the bowl from side to side. Quite a bit short of your line for the interior of the bowl.

A gauge is excellent for removing most of the stuff for the bowl.

It is essential to clamp the workpiece for chopping that is safe.

Measure 3: Bandsaw the exterior contour of the spoon
The reason I kept the blank in a rectangular shape that is rough in the beginning was to help keep it steady while chopping the bowl out. But it’s time to work with the underside of the stalk and the bowl. With the bit a rough rectangle, I selected to cut the underside profile then cut on the left side of the spoon after which the right side.

Cutting on spoon
Completely spoon that is cut

After forming the interior of the bowl, use a bandsaw to cut against the rough shape of the spoon.

Step 4: Form the underside of the bowl
With the stalk lightly clamped in a vise, use a spokeshave to form the underside of the bowl. Part of making spoons of the pleasure is they don’t need to be perfect. There isn’t one if you’re wondering the best way to reach a perfect contour. Simply go taking somewhat away on one side then the other until you like the contour. Use the straight knife to manage smaller, cuts that are catchy.

Forming back of spoon

A spokeshave is an ideal tool for forming the rear of the bowl.

Step 5: Finalize surface and the contour
Remember, this can be only the rough formation. Using work across the grain, your hook knife, making light, shallow cuts to smooth the contour out. This component takes lots of exercises, so prepare yourself to slowly raise your ability level. It’s time to proceed to the remaining formation if you are satisfied with the contour and feel of the bowl, having grown out to the interior line.

Step 6: Form the handle
Clamp the bowl gradually and work with the grain. Watch out for grain that is catchy when needed and change cutting ways. The spokeshave is excellent for taking long shavings that turn a squared border into a round one.

Step 7: Love the spoon!
When you enjoy the feel and the contour of the spoon, you’re done! I’ll wager you anything that when you end, you’ll instantly begin to think of another spoon you need to make. Experiment with stirring large spoons, eating spoons, ladles, scoops, spoons, small spoons or completely bizarre, non-functional spoons that are. Each spoon you make is one of a kind. I love the challenge although I  have a ways to go.