DIY Wooden Spoon

DIY Wooden Spoon @themerrythoughtThis project (like so many) has been on my to-do list for almost a year. This week I decided to finally try it out… a few hours and a few blisters later, this little wooden spoon was done!

I have a lot to learn and a few more tools I should probably invest in, but carving is incredible and feels so rewarding when your project is finished. It might be my new favorite hobby… that I’ll have plenty of time for of course 😉 DIY Wooden Spoon @themerrythoughtDIY Wooden Spoon @themerrythought(*Before reading the instructions: I definitely cheated on how I made mine because I wasn’t ready to invest in wood files and more carving tools. So this is a very basic way to make a wooden spoon, I’m sure there will be a lot of people frowning on my technique – but oh well! It worked!)

What you need:
-Piece of Hardwood
-Pencil
-Band Saw or Scroll Saw
-Clamp
-Hook Knife (I used this onebut I had to sharpen it before using it.)
-Belt Sander
-Sand Paper
-Food-safe Wood Finish (butter/oil/conditioner)

How to make it:
-Draw out the the shape of the spoon you want to carve on the piece of wood.
-Clamp the wood down before starting to carve.
-Use your hook knife to begin to carve away the bowl of the spoon. Be very careful!
-Once the bowl is carved, use a band saw or scroll saw to cut around the shape of the spoon.
-I used a belt sander to help shape the spoon and handle but if you have access to carving knives and files, I would recommend using those instead.
-When you are happy with the shape of the spoon, start sanding it. Start with rough sandpaper and then move to a fine-grained paper.
-Finish the spoon in a food-safe butter/oil/conditioner according to directions.
DIY Wooden Spoon @themerrythoughtDIY Wooden Spoon @themerrythought It’s not quite perfect but I’m pretty thrilled with it and I can’t wait to make more!

xo. Caitlin

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  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 11:20 am

    jeconfitureet - This has been on my list for a long time! I have the special tools but I haven’t gotten to it yet. The way I was taught was the Swedish type style with green wood. Anyways, love this post. :)ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 1:15 pm

    Courtney - This has been a dream of mine to make as well! Yours looks fantastic, Caitlin! Great job..don’t worry-I’m not frowning at your technique..I’d do the same thing!ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 6:37 pm

    Stephanie | Make and Tell - This is beautiful! I love how it turned out – if I could make anything half as good I’d be wood carving everything! 😀ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 6:46 pm

    carmenjorissen - This is awesome! My boyfriend made a wooden spoon before but we didn’t have all of the tools, just wood and a knife! Can’t wait to get my own tools someday and make this :)ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 10:13 pm

    Rebecca - this is super impressive!ReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 3:20 pm

    Heidi - You’re a natural! It turned out great!ReplyCancel

  • Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:41 am

    Katie - I’ve wanted to try this too (looks like I’m not the only one!). Thanks for sharing your starter tutorial, I think it’s perfect for someone who just wants to dip their toes in the water.ReplyCancel

  • Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 6:41 pm

    Brenda Watts - This is so wonderful good for you, i would say you may be hooked, carving is addictive. A fixed blade utility knife can be used for carving the handle and the bottom of the spoon if you want to go that route. The knife and extra blades are cheap to purchase so you do not have to worry about purchasing a good carving knife plus a strop and stone to keep it sharp while you are just learning. buy a good knife when you know what you want….. I am impressed with your spoon, good job.ReplyCancel

  • Friday, July 25, 2014 - 6:47 am

    wendy - ooooh, great tutorial, I could really fancy trying this!ReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 11:37 am

    colleenpastoor - Wow! This is amazing! I don’t think I’d have the patience/ finesse that you do to pull this one off.ReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 1:50 pm

    gemma - I just have to make this!ReplyCancel

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