How to make large spoons

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Forum topic by PBthecat posted 09-13-2010 03:36 PM 1337 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-13-2010 03:36 PM

My son recently had a go at making curly maple mixing paddles for use in the kitchen. He used a combination of my bandsaw, a balloon sander and scotchbrite. They came out looking very good and now he’d like to try some large spoons ( 15” long) and needs a largely machine based method to form the bowls of the spoon. I’d like to know if anyone has a suggestion on how this can be done.


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#1 posted 09-13-2010 04:04 PM

why does it have to be machine based? a gouge or two will easily do the job.

if you must use power tools, a power carver or an angle grinder outfitted with one of the carving blades is what you are looking for.

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#2 posted 09-13-2010 04:28 PM

I have a friend who makes a lot of spoons. Making spoons is “his thing”.

On smaller spoons he uses nothing more than a sanding device like a balloon sander. On larger spoons he often uses a ball like rasp on the end of a drill. He also uses chisels to start on the bigger spoons.

As an FYI, he cuts out most of the spoons with a bandsaw and often uses a router to round the edges. He also turns some of his handles. The turned ones are still a single piece of wood. You have to be careful to stay away from the spinning paddle when turning the handle.

Wooden spoons seem to always sell well at craft fares.

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#3 posted 09-14-2010 01:04 AM

Yup I think the ball rasp is the tool. Thanks!

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#4 posted 09-14-2010 04:52 AM

I have a friend that does it for a living, has for 20 years. He has a router set up for everything from spoons to ladels. Band saws the handles. He was going to send me a pic of the set up but hasn’t yet.

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#5 posted 09-14-2010 02:28 PM

I tried my hand at spoons and found it enjoyable to do it by hand, carving tools and a bit o band saw. I should go down and cut another blank today now that you bring it up. Good luck

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#6 posted 09-14-2010 04:45 PM

You could change your process. Carve out the bowl first, cut out the outside last. It can be done with a gouge, or power tools.

Doing it that way gives you more support to the work piece. It’s easier to dish out a larger piece, more to hold on to.

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#7 posted 09-15-2010 01:12 PM

That is a great idea Hairy, I’ll have to try that one time and see how it works.

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