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Project by harum posted 03-22-2018 06:13 PM 1051 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Always wanted to make wooden spoons that would look like regular table spoons and could actually be used for eating, not stirring/scooping/serving. Their shape, size, and curves are modeled after a stainless steel spoon, except that I made them a bit deeper to hold more soup. I specifically shaped the front half of the spoons somewhat pointy and with less curve, which makes picking up small bits from the plate possible—just like in the stainless steel “original”. The thickness of the walls is around 1/8” or less; they are light.

Tools used: a band saw, spoon chisel, band sander, and files. The woods are walnut, padauk, and cherry—all from the scrap bin at the local lumber yard. Finished with whatever was inside the old “Watco Butcher Block Oil and Finish” can (which, when freshly opened, is mostly a mixture of solvents with some alkyd resin and some tung oil)—hope it’s still good despite some polymerized clear and white chunks in it—at least it still smells like tung oil.

Will see how they keep their shape and color.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."





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Northwest29

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#1 posted 03-22-2018 07:43 PM

Very nicely done.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 03-22-2018 08:50 PM

Neat! Very even and clean lines.

I’ve done a few spoons, but only a couple of moderately successful eating spoons. Problem I have with eating spoons is that they get fuzzy, which can be unpleasant. I’ve tried to mitigate the fuzzies by finishing the spoons with a knife rather than sanding, which helps a lot, but without sanding they turn out a bit more “rustic” than yours are.

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harum

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#3 posted 03-22-2018 09:17 PM

Thanks!


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Problem I have with eating spoons is that they get fuzzy, which can be unpleasant.
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- Jeremymcon

Yes, “fuzzy” spoons won’t do. Let’s see if several rounds of raising grain – drying – sanding will take care of this. I’ve also read that some woods give “fuzzier” spoons.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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Joe

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#4 posted 03-22-2018 11:28 PM

You did a great job making those spoons. I hope they hold up to everyday use too. Let use know. Thanks

-- CurleyJoe, In Southern Indiana

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Jeremymcon

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#5 posted 03-22-2018 11:32 PM

Yes that will definitely help! Walnut has been particularly difficult for me to keep smooth by that method, but I will admit that I generally give up after 3 or 4 successive wettings/drying. The cherry will respond better, in my experience. Good luck!

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#6 posted 03-23-2018 12:38 AM

Those are really nice. They look perfectly uniform.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html

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#7 posted 03-23-2018 02:31 PM

Great job!

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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#8 posted 03-23-2018 04:47 PM

Pretty cool wood colour splash.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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harum

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#9 posted 03-23-2018 05:00 PM

Appreciate the kind words! Here is the spoon chisel/knife I used for carving the inside bowl. It’s 1-1/2” in diameter and double edged, which makes it twice as useful as one-edged ones, especially for the left-handed.

What are good ways to sharpen it? Just sand paper on a dowel?

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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