Maple Spoon

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Project by bmorewoodwork posted 01-16-2011 01:03 PM 2035 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Handmade wooden kitchenware! Last weekend I went to the Baltimore Woodworking Show. I picked up a sanding belt and disc for my stationary sander that I had not used since purchasing a year ago. It took a lot of hand sanding after that. I finished it with coconut oil.

-- Chris - Baltimore, MD

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#1 posted 01-16-2011 01:52 PM

Nice Job! I have been making spoons out of poplar, but I really like your maple. I use a 1 inch carbide burr bit in a die grinder to shape the inside of the bowl, followed by a lot of sanding.

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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#2 posted 01-16-2011 02:13 PM

Nice spoons! Love the Swedish bench. I have wanted to make some wooden kitchen ware for some time. One thing that has bugged me a little was that I was looking in the grocery store at some spoons and scrapers and they were retailing for under $4.00 for a 11”. I know this isn’t the reason we do or don’t make something. But may be a reason to weigh out where to spend my time. Like spending 5 hours on a bowl, that you can maybe get $40 for. LOL Guess I’m in a bad mood this morning.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#3 posted 01-16-2011 05:11 PM

Nice spoon. Gotta make some. We’ve got a couple stew pots that are 14” deep and we don’t have spoons that will reach the bottom. What thickness was your starting stock and what tools did you use to hollow the spoon bowl? Thanks.

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#4 posted 01-16-2011 06:18 PM

Lovely spoon. I really like the shape. Could you describe your method?

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#5 posted 01-16-2011 07:39 PM

very nice spoon.
to the other guys wanting to make spoons. i made a 4” drum sander from a peice of 3/4 plywood. cut a v shape notch in the edge of the drum to hold the ends of a peice of sanding belt, reattach the v shape peice with a screw to hold the belt. mount the drum on a mandel shaft. sand across the grain to scoop out spoon. start with 60 grit, then 100 grit etc. this is the easiest way i have found to make spoons fast. check out our projects.

-- jerryw-wva.

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#6 posted 01-16-2011 09:04 PM

I started with 4/4 maple 3”x14” I band sawed the rough shape. Then I hollowed out the dish part of the spoon with the 6”x48” belt sander, I used the roller end right on the edge. Then I rounded the back side of the spoon and handle. It was very rough so i filed a lot then hand sanded and oiled. I spent about 5 hours on it but it is an heirloom now. Dr. Ken I feel your pain, I was thinking it would be a tough sale at $60 that would $12/hr. material not included, I think McDonald’s is paying close to that now. LOL

-- Chris - Baltimore, MD

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#7 posted 01-22-2011 12:17 AM

Thanks for the technique information bmorewoodwork and jerryw. I’ve been wondering if anyone has devised a router jig for the shaping for when someone wanted to do a short-run mass production. I was thinking something along the lines of a 3-D pantograph. Might be interesting to work on. I love the spoons Lumberjocks make, but I can’t justify a big time investment.

Thanks again.

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