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Project by mcoyfrog posted 09-15-2014 12:11 AM 1942 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

WOW this was a fun day!!!!!

I’ve always kind of been afraid of spoons. (I really don’t like to sand inside curves) but I finally jumped in and made one then another and another. Took me 4hrs from start to finish sooooooo kewl. I think I’m addicted.

First one I made is maple I put some notches in the handle for a better grip hee hee. I really need to practice on my profile of the inside curve thats for sure.

Next one is the funky spatula spoon made from cherry.

The final one is walnut and again I really got to come up with a better way to get the inside curve carved in there. Anybody has any tips I would love to hear them.

So I bought this carving tool for my 4” grinder many months ago and finally put it on. This is what I used for the rough carving (after i cut the blank out on the band say of course). Then I used my air grinder, dremol, stationary belt sander, rasp, and good old sand paper to finish it off. I put butcher block oil finish and have to head back to the shop here in a minute to put a second coat after I finish typing this.

I’ll get better pics after they are completely done I was just so excited how quickly I got them turned out I had to come and post to you guys and gals.

Anyway if anyone has any plans for a stationary belt sander that I can make to help shape that would be cool. I’m thinking something that would allow me to use a smaller strip of sanding belt with no backing like the one I already have has. I think maybe this will allow a bit more free flow sculpting.

Anyway let me know what you think.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#1 posted 09-15-2014 12:26 AM


I have not tried this; but, am thinking that an old (STRUDY) tablespoon sharpened will help.
Another idea is a small rotary(Dremel) type tool will also help with this.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 09-15-2014 12:30 AM

Nice assortment of spoons .
Keep doing them and you will develop the skills to make them better and faster and figure out what tools work best .
There are several sites that have info on this just search Google and so on .


-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 09-15-2014 05:42 AM

I just love those projects that are fun and let you do whatever it is you feel like doing for the design! These look great, and it sounds like we will be seeing more of them from you down the road. Can’t wait to see what you can come up with.

I haven’t tried doing spoons yet, for some reason I just couldn’t put together a game plan on how I would want to do them. So, I can’t offer much advice. I might suggest a card scraper, which should smooth out the curves decently, but you may have to make your own or use a gooseneck to get the right curve. I’ve been thinking about trying out some flap-wheel sanding things, and they may work for this type of sanding… not certain of that though.

Great work, and I can’t wait to see these three finished up along with more in the future!

-- I don't make mistakes, I make design challenges!

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#4 posted 09-15-2014 01:34 PM

Very nice!!! Haven’t made any spoons yet but I love the ones you made. I like how the wood grain on the light one looks like ripples where the inside curve of the spoon is.

-- Lexi, Evolutia, Alabama,

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#5 posted 09-15-2014 03:05 PM

These are all very nice. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 09-15-2014 04:27 PM

Nice work! I’ve only made one in my life, as shown. My sister wanted a specific wooden ladle which she could not find in stores. I’ve wanted to do another since, but haven’t done so yet. You’ve inspired me!

-- Spudhogg Woodworks

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#7 posted 09-15-2014 04:33 PM

Great job! I have some scraps that are just the right size for spoons – I will have to give this a try. I have the Dremel and sanding is usually my favorite part of a project. Thanks for posting

-- Leafherder

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#8 posted 09-15-2014 04:46 PM

Hey Spud

I remember seeing that one I dig it. We need to do lunch again sometime

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 09-15-2014 04:55 PM

Railbuk, Klaus, scooby, Lexi, Charles, and Leaf thanks for all the comments I really did dig it, I spent all night long dreaming of new designs LOL.

Thanks Klaus for the info I’ll for sure look it up

Hmm spoon as a scraper that just might work

yup used a dremel on part of it

Lexi, hee hee they are ripples I really need to work on my inside curve LOL

Thanks for all the comments

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#10 posted 09-15-2014 09:01 PM

There are some scoops out their for doing this. Veritas maybe?
They look great by the way.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#11 posted 09-15-2014 11:23 PM

thanks Jack Ill do some research and check them out…

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#12 posted 09-15-2014 11:55 PM

Those turned out really nice.
You may or may not enjoy hand tools, but try a gouge for hollowing out the bowl. The gouge leaves such a nice crisp waxy surface when you get it right, it’s kind of addicting in it’s own. A gouge of a given size and sweep will do a certain range of sizes of spoon bowls more easily and after that it’s easier to have a larger or smaller gouge.
Here’s a video on using a gouge to carve a spoon bowl:
A hook knife like at the end of this one is another traditional way:

A card scraper of the right curve does work well for smoothing the tool marks.

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#13 posted 09-16-2014 01:12 AM

I made some spoons thus summer as well. It had more to do with not having any money to buy stock for anything. To do the spoon part I first drilled a hole in the middle as a target to aim for and them I used a 1/4 inch chisel to do the rough gouging then a Dremel to do some smoothing and then sandpaper.

-- When questioned about using glue on a garbage bin I responded, "Wood working is about good technique and lots of glue........I have the glue part down."

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#14 posted 09-16-2014 05:39 PM

thanks guys

I’ll check out the gouge, I didn’t think of that I have a couple laying around somewhere from Gramps tools. thanks for the links Tim

Good idea Klassenl, I was going to try to make a ladle sometime and this would work great with a forsner bit first.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#15 posted 09-16-2014 07:41 PM

Some pics of the scrapers I mentioned

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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