I just started trying to make utensils from fallen maple logs. So far, I’ve just been doing spatulas. I’ve found that there are some tasks which I don’t have the right tool for. I have an old hatchet, a carving knife, a couple cheap hand saws, a file, and some sandpaper. Right now, I’m working on a spatula blank, but it’s way too thick (about three quarters of an inch). The file is too slow, and the knife isn’t up to the task, but the blank is too thick to use a saw on. What tools can I add to my collection to help with tasks like this? Would a fine rasp be the right tool for the job? I’m patient and don’t mind using hand tools, and I’m a student, so I’d prefer not to buy really expensive stuff. I know I’ll have to get some sort of spoon knife eventually to move on from spatulas.
Thanks for any advice!