How to Make a Wooden Spoon


A creative and useful work of art can be created by carving a wooden spoon or spatula. Spoons and other culinary utensils offer countless design and style options that let you get really creative. Spoons make wonderful gifts and, at the right price, may sell out quickly at craft and art fairs. A wooden spoon may usually be finished in approximately one hour. So grab your power cutter or whittling knife and let’s make a spoon!

There are numerous approaches to spoon carving. I’ve split this do-it-yourself post into two pieces to accommodate your preferred style and tool selection. The first segment explains how to make a spoon with just a few basic hand tools. For those who would rather use more power tools in their woodworking, there are stages in the second section. Perhaps using a combination of power and manual tools will be more your style.

Choosing stocks:

I would suggest locating a piece of wood that is roughly 12 inches (30 cm) long, 2.5″ (6 cm) wide, and between 1/2′′ (1.3 cm) and 3/4′′ (1.9 cm) thick if you were building a stirring or serving spoon. You may choose to build two spoons out of a single board, as illustrated below. To make a spoon, you can use any kind of wood.

But a spoon crafted from a hardwood—such as maple, cherry, or walnut—will withstand a kitchen’s rigorous usage better. Note: you may want to start with a softer piece (like basswood) if you are new to hand carving. However, if you have a little more carving skill, you might want to seek for material that has some twists and bends to it!


How to Use Hand Tools to Make a Wooden Spoon

#1 Sketch your idea onto the wood.

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Using the original as a guide, I freehanded the design because I was creating a larger version of an already-existing tool. Cut out and trace the template, if you bought one, onto your board.


Recall that there are two profiles on a template. In addition to the main shape seen when the utensil is placed flat, there is also a narrow edge profile. You will have to sketch these two.

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Pro tip: I never like to tape a template to the board; I always like to draw directly on the wood. By doing this, I can prevent losing my design midway through if the paper tears or slips off while I’m cutting.

#2 Cut out the spoon’s outline.

The spoon’s outline can be cut out with a handsaw, coping saw, keyhole saw, Japanese saw, or even a hacksaw.

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#3 Carve out the spoon’s bowl with a circular gouge.

Cut toward the bowl’s center by pushing the gouge forward into the wood. Next, turn the spoon 180 degrees and carry out the opposite action. The wood curls ought to be facing both ways at this time. When you approach the outer walls of your spoon, keep cutting away an increasing amount of wood. Note: You would probably damage or split an area if you attempted to remove the wood from only one direction.

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Why would you carve the bowl first? This serves to establish the parameters for the remainder of the shaping and aligns the bowl with the handle. Second, placing the spoon level on a work surface makes carving the bowl easier. If you carved the outside of the bowl first, the spoon would be more likely to rotate while carving.

#4 Form the bowl’s exterior and handle.

Shape the outside of the bowl and handle with a whittling knife, drawknife, or spokeshave. The most effective strokes are quick, light ones. Ideally, the bowl’s outside and inside should be the same shape. Aim for a wall thickness between 1/8 and 3/16.

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#5 Sand the spoon made of wood.

Begin with coarse grit sandpaper and advance to finer and finger grains until you achieve the required level of smoothness.

#6 Use a food-safe finish and enjoy.

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How to Make a Wooden Spoon Using Power Tools.

#1 Sketch a basic outline of the desired spoon on a piece of wood.

The spoon pattern below can be resized and printed to fit your piece of wood.

#2 Cut the spoon’s outline.

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You can cut off the outline with a band saw, scroll saw, or jigsaw.

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#3 Carve out the spoonbowl.

To cut out the spoon’s bowl, use a power carver with a rounded gouge. Push the gouge forward into the wood, cutting towards the center of the bowl. Then, flip the spoon 180 degrees and repeat in the opposite direction. At this stage, you should have curls of wood facing both directions. Continue to remove wood as you come closer to the spoon’s outside borders.

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#4 Create the blank for the lathe.

Make two shallow incisions across the center of the handle. This will help hold the component in the lathe’s drive center. Note that if you use a two-prong drive center, you will only need to make one cut. Next, drill a shallow hole at the top of the bowl. You will insert the live center into this hole.

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#5 Turn the handle around by mounting the blank on a lathe.

You may turn the handle with a variety of tools, including bowl gouges and carbide tip scrapers.

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#6 Sand the handle.

With the lathe turned on, sand the spoon handle.

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#7 Sand the wood spoon using a power sander.

Sand the exterior and inside of the bowl using a power instrument like a drill or Dremel. Begin with coarse grit sandpaper and advance to finer and finger grains until you achieve the required level of smoothness.

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#8 Finish with a food-safe coating and savor

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Final Thought :

In conclusion, crafting a wooden spoon is not just about creating a functional kitchen utensil; it’s a journey that connects us to centuries of tradition and craftsmanship. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can transform a simple piece of wood into a beautiful and practical tool that adds a touch of rustic charm to your culinary endeavors.

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So why not take the next step in your woodworking journey? Visit Teds Woodworking Plans today and unlock a world of creativity and possibility. From simple projects like wooden spoons to intricate furniture designs, Teds Woodworking Plans has you covered. Start creating with confidence and precision, and let your love for woodworking shine through in every masterpiece you make.

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