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My first spoon

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Project by Sandra posted 02-03-2015 12:33 AM 1703 views 3 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had been missing my shop time so I was quite happy when the planets lined up on Saturday. I snuck out to my shop and finished this spoon. I had initially wanted to ‘carve’ a spoon, but quickly realized that one doesn’t carve dry maple very easily.

I cut the basic shape out on the bandsaw, then used chisels and a small scorp for the bowl. Without a lathe or a draw knife, I whittled the handle and then sanded it by hand. I used my ROS to help shape the outside of the bowl. I finished off the inside of the bowl with a rounded scraper that came in a set.

Pictures 4 and 5 show my spoon against a store-bought one. I finished it with a bit of butcher block oil and gave it to my neighbour for her birthday.

She declared it her new sauce spoon. Best spoon I ever made.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.





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#1 posted 02-03-2015 12:36 AM

Very cool. I enjoy making spoons.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-03-2015 12:38 AM

Thanks Monte. I did enjoy it. I’ll be making another for myself.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#3 posted 02-03-2015 12:43 AM

Looks great. Nicely done.

Will you be doing a knife & fork?
Perhaps a bowl or two?

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 02-03-2015 12:50 AM

I think I’ll stick with spoons Randy. A wooden fork sounds disastrous.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#5 posted 02-03-2015 12:53 AM

I like it. Much nicer than my first spoons. I will encourage you to give knife carving a try. Maybe a small sloyd knife, a bowl knife and a good strop are all you really need to start. Greenish fruit woods carve nicely. This time of year is great to carve in the house, very relaxing as well.
Edit: a carving glove or a leather thumb guard are good thing to have.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#6 posted 02-03-2015 01:02 AM

Thanks woodcox. I don’t have any green wood at the moment, but will give it a try. I do have a leather thumb guard.
How do you shape your handles?

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#7 posted 02-03-2015 01:34 AM

Pretty darn nice spoon! Makes the store bought one look shabby.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 02-03-2015 01:41 AM

Thanks Andy.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#9 posted 02-03-2015 01:46 AM

All by knife, it can go quite fast while watching for grain directions. I like the facetted feel and look from the knife. I started with a paring knife from the kitchen and a branch from the yard. My neighbor’s plumb tree has been getting the look;)

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#10 posted 02-03-2015 01:54 AM

You’re getting to be one Heck ( I think that’s all I can say on LJ’s LOL) of a woodworker! As my wife said to me about my project “It looks store bought!” She meant it as a compliment. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 02-03-2015 01:59 AM

Thanks Doc – I just checked out your new ‘sled’. You’d need a bigger sled for all the snow around here.
I told the kids it was a ‘beatin’ spoon!

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#12 posted 02-03-2015 02:12 AM

Well done, Sandra. When I first looked, I thought the end of the handle was a spear, thinking you had made a practical cooking weapon.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#13 posted 02-03-2015 02:34 AM

Very cool. You gave away your best spoon? Perhaps your next one will also be your best spoon.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#14 posted 02-03-2015 02:52 AM

LOL! We got very little this year! But my plow is on the truck!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 02-03-2015 06:15 AM

Nice! Pretty darn good for a first spoon. My first spoon ended up being a bad back scratcher.

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