A homemade wooden spoon or spatula inside an empty wok on a black electric stove.

How to make a wooden spoon

Sometimes being a woodworker is a lot like being a genie. The other day, my wife was using a curved wooden spatula to make cheese sauce for her mac and cheese. She told me, “I wish I had one of those, but for a longer period.” So I went downstairs, found a piece of maple the size you wanted, and made it bigger. Although I’ve never made kitchen utensils before, it took about 2 hours to make, and was much easier than I expected.

No matter your skill level, crafting a wooden spoon, spatula, or other type of tool provides plenty of options for creativity with a wide variety of shapes and styles. You can copy something you already have like I did, Find a template online To use as a foundation, or create a completely new style. Whether you’re looking for a relatively quick gift or trying to improve your kitchen arsenal, whatever you make is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

warning: DIY projects can be dangerous, even for the most experienced DIYers. Before embarking on this or any other project on our site, make sure you have all the necessary safety equipment and know how to use it properly. At a minimum, this may include safety goggles, a face mask, and/or ear protection. If you use power tools, you must know how to use them safely and correctly. If you don’t, or are uncomfortable with anything described here, don’t attempt this project.

statistics

  • time: 1 to 2 hours
  • The cost of material: From $5 to $10
  • difficulty: easy

Materials

How to make a wooden spoon or any other utensil

1. Draw your design on the wood. Since I made a larger version of an existing vase, I handed over the design with the original for reference. If you bought a template, cut it out and trace it onto the board.

Remember that the template contains two profiles. There’s the main shape you see when the pot is laid flat, but there’s also the narrow rim profile. You will need to draw both.

  • Pro tip: I always prefer to draw on wood than stick a template on the board. This helps me avoid partially losing my design if the paper falls or gets torn while cutting.

2. Cut out the rough shape on the band saw. Start by cutting out the largest profile, as if the pot were flat. Try to get the overall shape in one or two large cuts, rather than many small cuts – this will make it easier to cut the second profile.

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3. Tape the cutting pieces onto the rough cutting block. This may seem counterproductive, but putting these edge pieces back in place stabilizes the board so you can cut the second profile more safely and accurately. You may need to redraw sections of the edge profile over the bar, but you’ll thank yourself later.

4. Refine the shape. Once you have the general shape, use your band saw to cut out the more intricate and detailed areas. You can also use chisels or hand saws for this, depending on your convenience, the cuts required, and your access to tools. Work out the nooks and crannies and start shaping the handle, shaping any curves you can. If you have a spoon extraction (I don’t), remove the tip of the spoon as needed.

Any material you remove now is material you won’t have to sand down later. If you only use an orbital sander, like I did, get as close as you can, because orbital sanders are slow. A belt sander removes more material faster, so if you have access to one you can be a little less precise with this step.

  • warning: Be careful while making these more intricate cuts, for your own physical safety and to avoid removing too much material. It’s better to spend an extra 10 minutes sanding than to accidentally cut your handle (or the tip of your finger).

5. Sand until you don’t feel it with your hands, then sand some more. Sanding will be by far the longest and hardest part of this project. Instead of just smoothing the wood like you would Building a chopping board or a piece of furnitureYou will use sandpaper to finish shaping the pot. I scrubbed my entire spatula with an orbital sander and my jerky hands quickly, so that’s totally doable if that’s all you’ve got. However, hand sanding will take a long time, and as I said above, a belt sander will definitely speed up the process.

Start with 60 grit paper to maximize material removal. Don’t be afraid to change your sanding discs regularly as they start to wear out. With these grits, your goal will be to remove all saw and chisel marks and refine the shape to near-finished proportions.

I spent most of my time working on the handle, trying to find a comfortable shape and size. I actually went back to the bandsaw to remove more material several times during the sanding process, just to speed it up.

Once you’re satisfied with the look, move through the remaining grit, up to 220. I used 80-, 120-, 150-, and then 220-grit paper.

6. “Water Pop” Wood. The first time a spoon is wet, the wood fibers absorb the water and expand. No matter how well you sand the wood, this will make the wood rough and flaky. The way to avoid this is called “popping the water”. All you have to do is wet the wood and then let it dry. Sand the roughness created by a spatula lightly with 220-grit paper or whatever grit you’re finished with. This will get rid of those bloated fibers, and bring back the lovely soft texture. You may have to water your project two or three times to achieve an optimal result.

  • warning: Do not use a powered sander for this. If you do this, you may take off too much material and get the same roughness the next time you wet your spoon.

7. Finish application. Since this is a cooking spatula, you will need to use a food safe finish. I use a cutting board conditioner which is a mixture of mineral oil and beeswax. Put some and gently wipe it on the spoon with a clean rag. Let the oil soak in for 15 to 20 minutes, then wipe off the excess. If you find that the wood has absorbed all the oil and feels dry, apply another coat.

And with that you are done. Wooden spoons are a fun and relatively straightforward project that really impresses. They make excellent gifts for the holidays, and a good way to use up some of that scrap wood I know you’ve been piling up in various corners of your shop. So grant some wishes and help your friends and loved ones to cook in style.


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