First Spoon and Salad Fork

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Project by doubleDD posted 12-09-2018 08:04 PM 1181 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These came about when I made my first prototype back scratcher. It was too heavy and too fat. While testing it I dropped it and broke off the most important part, the curve on the end. I decided to turn it into a fork since it looked like one.
Since my daughter has been wanting me to make her a set to hang on her wall I figured I was half way there.
I turned most of it on the lathe and the spoon part was shaped with the bandsaw and belt sander. I used a 1’’ grinding ball to dig out the busy part ofthe spoon and it worked great. I had a lot more control than I thought I would.
They are 20’‘long and finished with danish oil. No sure how she will hang them so I drilled a hole through them and inserted a string. We can change that at Christmas.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#1 posted 12-09-2018 08:32 PM

Nice and sturdy utensils.

-- Rick M,

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woodshaver Tony C

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#2 posted 12-09-2018 08:34 PM

Very nice! I like the shape of the handles! Nice story to about your back scratchier Dave! If at first you don’t succeed make a fork! LOL! The ball took is interesting I never saw one of those before. About hanging the fork and spoon… try using leather shoelaces.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 12-09-2018 08:53 PM

Very nice.

I have a bunch of rawhide scraps that are like a lace that I bought as a group on ebay and use them for hanging strings on many things I make.

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

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#4 posted 12-09-2018 09:40 PM

Really super nice. Well done and great job on these!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#5 posted 12-09-2018 10:37 PM

As we say … nothing goes to waist buddy and this is what is all about fixing out mistakes or mishaps… nice thinking, great solution and cool outcome … well done !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#6 posted 12-09-2018 10:51 PM

Those look great. Making some for Christmas gifts too. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 12-10-2018 12:12 AM

Thanks Rich. Sturdy they are.

Hi Tony. Good idea with using the leather shoelaces. I know I have several pairs of these around from my workboot days. I was too lazy to look for them so I put the white cord on them for now. That is a Saburrtooth power carving sphere. Similar to the Kutzall brand. These things remove wood fast and with a lot of control. They run about $20. I had many request for spoons before so this will be worth. Much easier on the hands too.

Thanks ralbuck. I’m going to look for those leather strings I have. I’ll never use them if I don’t use them now.

Thanks Jerry. I’m happy the way they turned out. I may have opened a can of worms with these as lots of relatives will want them.

Thanks hoss. I think I should make a couple for Christmas too.

Stelios, you should of seen the look on my wife’s face when I changed the scratcher to a fork in 10 minutes. I think it was meant to be and give me a boost to try and make the spoon.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 12-10-2018 12:39 AM

Good one Dave, you might have to wait for summer or do you have salad all year round”

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 12-10-2018 01:10 AM

Looking good Dave, there ia always a “Second use” for something that breaks.
Even a dinner plate in a hundred pieces can make a Mosaic Something.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#10 posted 12-10-2018 01:22 AM

I like them Dave, especially the spoon! Interesting tool you used on it.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#11 posted 12-10-2018 02:37 AM

Nice work on those kitchen utensils, Dave. I love that 1” ball!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 12-10-2018 03:08 AM

Thanks Tony. We have salads year around but much more in the summer cause of the veggie garden.

Thanks Bob.I was glad the idea hit me right away and go ahead and make the fork. If it broke in a hundred pieces it would of been garbage. LOL.

Thanks John. There must be a lot of different ways to make them but I thought this would make it easier.

Thanks Jim. I think I can use the grinding ball for a few other uses too. Should be a interesting tool.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Joe Lyddon

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#13 posted 12-10-2018 04:57 AM

Good Save & FIX!

She will LOVE THEM!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#14 posted 12-10-2018 05:46 AM

Nice work…I like those handle ends.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 12-10-2018 05:53 AM

Nice work Dave…...Looks great. Very practical too…You will be tossing salads like a Champion when Your Spring and Summer comes around. Nothing like a Salad you have created your self.

Very nicely crafted….Your Daughter will love them. Next thing would be to make a big salad bowl to match .

Terrific Project Dave, Regards, Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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