Possibly the best thing about making wooden spoons is that it allows right-brained people to experience success and satisfaction in the often left-brained world of woodworking. In fact, it is not uncommon for some of the more off-script creations to be some of the more interesting and beautiful spoons that are carved. Not only does spoon making present artistic liberties not able to be had in many other forms of woodworking, but the hobby also allows for success participation with minimal investment in terms of tools. I actually made my first twenty or so spoons with nothing more than a hacksaw, a wood chisel, and some sandpaper, one of which is the center spoon pictured below.
Before we get into the build, here are the exact tools used for this particular project. Altogether these tools can be purchased for about $80 on Amazon. Click the link provided for individual pricing and reviews.
Though probably not ideal, I typically use the 4″ bench vise similar to this one seen in most of the pictures with a block of wood on each side of the work piece to avoid damage, but a woodworker’s vise would most likely be better due to the fact it is designed for the use. You can even use less costly work clamps or toggle clamps to hold your work piece, though they are not quite as stable as a vise.
1st – Choose your wood
2nd – Choose your design
3rd – Rough out the bowl
4th – Clean up the bowl
5th – Cut out the spoon
6th – Clean up the shape
7th – Final sanding
8th/Final – Sealing the wood
It always fascinates me how sealing Pecan with oil completely transforms the color of the wood. It takes on a much darker, rich look compared to the lighter color of the unsealed pecan.
Though there are power tools that expedite the spoon making process, they are not necessary for the completion of a great spoon. Truth be told I typically forgo many of my power tools for the process described in this post because it allows for better control and accuracy in making the spoon, which leads to a better finished product. Not to mention all of the tools used in this project can be purchased for about the same price of my Wen belt sander pictured below, and although I love it, it is just one tool opposed to six.
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