Pot Grippin' Ash Spoon

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Project by KnotCurser posted 01-09-2014 03:47 PM 4359 views 16 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sure…....Sure….... Just another wooden spoon, right? Wrong!

I am posting my latest spoon build for two separate reasons.

1) It has a built-in slot that allows it to hang on a pot so the spoon doesn’t mess up your counter

2) I came up with a REALLY easy way of carving out the spoon bowl – as long you own a CNC router. ;-)

I was sick of having to rest my spoon on the counter, or in a spoon rest and I recalled seeing an image of an old carved spoon with a slot cut into it to allow it to attach to a pot.

Had to give it a shot!

Also, I took a few minutes to program a cutting template for my CNC router of a spoon bowl shape.

Put the blank in my machine, let it go to work, then draw the spoon shape around the bowl and start cutting and shaping. Worked like a charm!!!

The spoon is made of Ash and is REALLY strong, so I’m not too worried over the thin piece above the slot.

BTW, it’s bean soup in the pot – haven’t yet added the tomatoes, but it smells really good! ;-)



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#1 posted 01-09-2014 04:04 PM

You don’t really expect us to believe you designed it that way, do you? Fess up, you almost cut it in half by accident then pawned it off as genius! ;)

-- Quote from ebay tool listing: " Has nicks and dings wear and tear dust and dirt rust and pitting but in good working condition"

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#2 posted 01-09-2014 04:17 PM

Very nice! Getting things together to carve my first spoon and might have to incorporate this idea in one.

-- Dennis, WV

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#3 posted 01-09-2014 05:39 PM

Good mix of technologies.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 01-09-2014 05:46 PM

Besides the bowl, how much cutting are you doing with your CNC?
And thanks for flaunting your tools … again. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#5 posted 01-09-2014 06:08 PM


I use my CNC a LOT – I would guess 90% of my last 10 projects had at least a portion done with the CNC.

I am working on a puzzle/locking box right now that I will use the machine to hollow out the box area.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#6 posted 01-09-2014 06:31 PM

What I should have asked is—How much of the spoon did you cut with your CNC setup besides the hollow? Do you use it for cutting the outline or just for sculpting?

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#7 posted 01-09-2014 07:20 PM

Ah! Understood…......

I only cut the bowl – once that was completed I traced an outline around the cutout and used my bandsaw to do the rest.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#8 posted 01-09-2014 07:33 PM

What a brilliant idea! I hope you don’t mind if i make one for our family? thanks for sharing with all of us!!!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#9 posted 01-09-2014 07:34 PM

But could-you/would-you if you wanted to make a bazillion spoons? I’d like to cut half-a-bazillion small parts and I’m wondering if they’d stand up to the rigors of CNC as opposed to gentle slicing with a band saw.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#10 posted 01-09-2014 08:16 PM

Fantastic spoon – but that soup is putting me off my breakfast.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#11 posted 01-09-2014 11:37 PM

Good one Bob.
I spotted someone selling those on the internet maybe ten years ago and made a couple out of Arbutus (Madrone).
I love to cook and they always get used for pasta sauces and risotto. I do remember having a hell of a time hollowing them with carving tools though.


-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#12 posted 01-10-2014 12:42 AM


-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#13 posted 01-10-2014 01:10 AM

GREAT idea!

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#14 posted 01-10-2014 01:12 AM

Mmmmm, looks good! The spoon, I mean! (Although it’s about dinner time, and that soup looks good…....!)

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#15 posted 01-10-2014 02:31 AM

you better patent that right quick

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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