Most of us would consider a wood bowl to be the most common and used turned item in the kitchen. But we might reconsider our opinion once someone mentions wood turned spoons. We use spoons or spatula's for almost all cooking!
Spoons are simple to turn and usually require some amount of carving to make the nice bowl shape. Also the nice part about making your own spoons is that you can choose any type of wood that you like. I also find them to be great gifts. Nobody would turn down a hand turned spoon!
|Turning a Kitchen Spoon |
By: John Wolf
There are many ways to make a spoon, so look at this as I intended it -- just one method. I like this method because the end result is convenient to use in the kitchen, and it is relatively easy to make. I've made these from wet wood as well as from dry lumber. This example shows the method for using dry wood, or at least sufficiently dry that glue will hold satisfactorily.
|Directions and Technique for Turned Wooden Spoons |
By: Tony Huckert
In the photo tutorial, Tony shows us how he creates a turning blank that will result in a pair of turning spoons. He uses two centers which allows each spoon shape to appear on the lathe. After splitting the pair, Tony shows how to shape the handle on each spoon separately. If you're interested in turning spoons, Tony's process is a good one so check it out.
|How to Make a Wooden Spatula|
By: Stephen S. Johnson
In this photo tutorial, Stephen shows us how to mark out a turning blank to create a spatula. He shows us how to turn it, trim it to shape and then finish it create the working spatula. He makes it simple to follow and easy to duplicate.
|Making a Spatual|
By: David Reed Smith
In this advanced project, David not only turns a beautiful handle for his spatula but he shows how to make a custom bent spatula head. The head is a made from several pieces of thin wood and laminated into a custom made form. David goes through all the steps to make your own form to bend the spatual heads.
The great thing about this project (and all of David's) is the quality of the photo's and descriptions so that any experienced woodworker should be able to find it easy to follow these instructions!!
|Additional Tips for Turning Spoons|
By: Dennis Daudelin
Dennis gives us some tips that he's learned from making spoons. He also shows some close-up photo's of how to hold the spoons on the lathe.
|Turning a wooden spoon|
By: Bill Johnson
In this photo tutorial, Bill shows us how to layout the turning blank, mount it on the lathe and cut it. Then he shows us the die grinder and bit that he used to power carve the bowl. This project is easy to follow and is very inspirational.
|Turning a Kitchen Spatula|
By: Darrell Feltmate
In this photo tutorial, Darrell takes you step by step through the process of creating the blank for the spatula and trimming it on the bandsaw. Then he gives a couple of alternatives to holding it on the lathe. Turning of the handles is next followed by sanding the blade of the spatula.
The good pictures and the clear descriptions make this project easy to follow.
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