With the holidays on the horizon, there is no better time to start working on a few homemade gifts. If you are handy with wood, a jig saw and wood carving tools, you may want to consider making a spoon shaped wall decoration. Based on my experience, they are easy to create and look pretty too. Here’s how to make one:
In order to complete this project, you will need a ¼ inch x 2 ½ inch x 11 inch piece of poplar wood. You’ll also need a jig saw, a power drill, a can of clear varnish, fine grit sand paper and a set of wood carving tools. If you don’t have a set of wood carving tools, you can typically purchase one through hardware stores and specialty shops for $40. I’d recommend that you purchase a set that has a skew, a “V” tool, assorted chisels and gouges.
Create a Design
Begin by sketching the outline of your spoon onto the piece of poplar wood. You may opt to use a pattern or create your design freehand. Either way, I would recommend that if you have limited wood carving experience that you consider selecting a simple, evenly proportioned design. In my experience, such designs tend to look better. Design elements to consider using are flowers, hearts, Celtic Knots, butterflies and birds.
Carve the Bowl
Once you have your design sketched out onto the wood, you can start the carving process. I would recommend that you carve out the spoon’s bowl first. When doing so, go slow and carve with the grain down to a depth of approximately 1/8 inch. I would suggest that you don’t carve deeper than that. Otherwise, you could end up breaking the wood. Continue by using your jig saw to remove the excess wood around the spoon’s bowl. Then shape the back of the spoon’s bowl. You may need to use a piece of fine grit sandpaper to smoothen out any rough edges.
Carve the Hollow
Next, use your power drill to make small pilot holes in any areas of your design that call for a hollowed out area. Then stick your jig saw into the pilot holes and cut away the majority of the excess wood. Use your carving tools to complete the fine details around the interior of the hollows. Afterward, use your jig saw to remove any excess exterior wood. Once that’s done, use fine grit sand paper and carving tools to finish your spoon’s design.
Finish the job by coating the spoon with one to two coats of clear varnish. Of course you could also opt to stain or paint the wood first. The choice is yours. Personally, I tend to prefer the look of natural wood.
Source: Personal Experience
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