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How to Carve Wooden Spoons



Create a meaningful and memorable gift by hand-carving your own spoons. These are perfect for that special cook in your life. Wooden spoons can make great decorations, food props, or an everyday kitchen utensil.

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    • Materials Used

      • PIECE OF WOOD FOR CARVING
      • SAND PAPER
      • SPOON GOUGE
      • ROUGHING KNIFE
      • HOOK KNIFE (OPTIONAL)
      • CLAMPS
  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      Create a template by hand drawing or tracing a spoon onto your piece of wood. I used a piece of 3/4” mahogany for this spoon, but if you are wanting a deeper spoon bowl, you will need a thicker piece of wood. The type of wood also matters. If you are making spoons for decoration or props, then the species isn’t that important, if you are looking to actually use these spoons in cooking, I suggest talking to your local lumber yard or hobby store for recommendations.

    2. Step: 2

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      Using your bandsaw, cut out the traced template of your spoon. Some people prefer to carve out the spoon bowl before cutting out the template, but I prefer it this way.

    3. Step: 3

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      After cutting your spoon out you will be left with what is called a spoon blank. Clamp this down to a study work surface before you begin carving. Once clamped, free hand where the interior of the spoon bowl will start, you want a small lip for sanding and rounding off the spoon.

    4. Step: 4

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      Begin carving your spoon bowl with the spoon gouge and hook knife. Carving spoons is really an art form and you just have to find what is most comfortable for you! I prefer to start with the hook knife and smooth everything out with the gouge.

    5. Step: 5

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      Using the roughing knife shape out your handle. Be careful with this part, too much pressure and you can snap the handle. Never underestimate the sharpness of these knives, it is very easy to take of a large chunk, so go slow and take your time.

    6. Step: 6

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      Once the carving is complete, it is time to start sanding. With your bench sander turned on start rounding off the back of the spoon. Again, this is a bit of an art form and you have to find the right movements that work for you. Be careful with the bench sander, it runs at a high speed and removes wood quickly.

    7. Step: 7

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      Sand down your handle with the bench sander, and finish up with very fine grit sand paper by hand. Always start with a low grit and move up to extra fine. You may need to continue alternating with the bench sander and sand paper until you reach the desired shape. Don’t get frustrated, this takes lots of practice!! I prefer the rustic style so imperfections don’t bother me, but if you want a smooth finish all over, keep at it!

    8. Step: 8

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      Finish with a wood safe oil.

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How to Carve Wooden Spoons

by CherishedBliss
Oct 27, 2015
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Create a meaningful and memorable gift by hand-carving your own spoons. These are perfect for that special cook in your life. Wooden spoons can make great decorations, food props, or an everyday kitchen utensil.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 0e90408f 0821 4f16 86c5 527b9bb3a73e

    Create a template by hand drawing or tracing a spoon onto your piece of wood. I used a piece of 3/4” mahogany for this spoon, but if you are wanting a deeper spoon bowl, you will need a thicker piece of wood. The type of wood also matters. If you are making spoons for decoration or props, then the species isn’t that important, if you are looking to actually use these spoons in cooking, I suggest talking to your local lumber yard or hobby store for recommendations.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge c77da271 d9f5 4d0a 94e8 70b08107af72

    Using your bandsaw, cut out the traced template of your spoon. Some people prefer to carve out the spoon bowl before cutting out the template, but I prefer it this way.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge ed19109f fb68 4d16 9f29 c7f3f3549a54

    After cutting your spoon out you will be left with what is called a spoon blank. Clamp this down to a study work surface before you begin carving. Once clamped, free hand where the interior of the spoon bowl will start, you want a small lip for sanding and rounding off the spoon.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge b83e809d e2df 4c52 84af 3f8d6dd53a17

    Begin carving your spoon bowl with the spoon gouge and hook knife. Carving spoons is really an art form and you just have to find what is most comfortable for you! I prefer to start with the hook knife and smooth everything out with the gouge.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge cb902313 d1cd 4283 a888 bb378c4b9061

    Using the roughing knife shape out your handle. Be careful with this part, too much pressure and you can snap the handle. Never underestimate the sharpness of these knives, it is very easy to take of a large chunk, so go slow and take your time.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge d1809137 887d 4c3a adfb bc9b4eb4f629

    Once the carving is complete, it is time to start sanding. With your bench sander turned on start rounding off the back of the spoon. Again, this is a bit of an art form and you have to find the right movements that work for you. Be careful with the bench sander, it runs at a high speed and removes wood quickly.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge 8e07a696 999e 4031 a323 13ef6ca877b1

    Sand down your handle with the bench sander, and finish up with very fine grit sand paper by hand. Always start with a low grit and move up to extra fine. You may need to continue alternating with the bench sander and sand paper until you reach the desired shape. Don’t get frustrated, this takes lots of practice!! I prefer the rustic style so imperfections don’t bother me, but if you want a smooth finish all over, keep at it!

  8. Step: 8
    Huge 8725610c 8efb 44ce 9fd4 022fde2dc031

    Finish with a wood safe oil.