How to Make a Spatula

This course is designed for beginner woodworkers or those new to hand tools. You don’t need many tools or much experience to successfully make a spatula. However, you will gain great insight into the tools and how to work wood in the process of making it.

Here are the tools and equipment you will need:

*You can use a wide variety of woods, avoid exotic woods because they can be toxic and can also give off a flavour when cooking. Also avoid woods that are very porous (such as oak), which can absorb foods and juices and can be difficult to clean.

Suggested woods that work well:

  • Sycamore
  • Beech
  • Maple
  • Ash
  • Elm
  • Poplar
  • Cherry


  1. Keith Walton on 23 July 2018 at 3:23 am

    What wood is it that you are using here ?

    • Izzy Berger on 30 July 2018 at 9:58 am

      Hi Keith,

      In this instance, Paul is using Meranti, however he wouldn’t usually recommend this as it’s not readily available. The wood types he recommends for this project are:


      Kind Regards,

  2. Keith Walton on 31 July 2018 at 2:31 pm

    I have lots of meranti from a malaysian deck board pallet. Is it food safe?

    • Izzy Berger on 2 August 2018 at 10:44 am

      Hi Keith,

      To find out the safety of certain woods, Paul usually uses the Wood Database.

      Kind Regards,

  3. Steve Hinson on 1 August 2018 at 11:54 am

    Wish I would have had this learning series available to me 45 years ago when I began as a self-taught woodworker. I wouldn’t had began with bad habits. I am now advanced and subscribe to Paul’s Masterclass woodworking. I’ve finally retrained myself and I now work with a lot of hand tools using Paul’s techniques for sharpening, cutting, measuring, marking, reading the grain, holding techniques, etc. etc. This will be a great series for beginners learning fundamentals who can then step out into his Master Classes. Great job Izzy, Paul and the others!

    • Izzy Berger on 2 August 2018 at 10:55 am

      Hi Steve,

      Thanks for the kind words, I’m pleased to hear you are enjoying the site!

      Kind Regards,

  4. Jim Wick on 4 August 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Look forward to taking the class. Have been a woodworker for years. I have just retired and look forward to the refresher and tips.

  5. Harold on 7 August 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Nice site for a new woodworker, but good refresher for more advanced woodworker.

    • Izzy Berger on 8 August 2018 at 7:14 am

      Hi Harold,

      Thanks for your comment, i’m pleased to hear you’re finding the site useful!

      Kind Regards,

  6. Daniel on 3 September 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Always enjoy learning as I watch Paul as he clearly walks us through each step of the project that is the object of the video at hand. Thank you so much.

  7. Andrew Garland on 28 April 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Thanks so much Paul and Izzy for this making all of this great learning available. Paul is a great teacher. I’ve made a few spatulas now and have really enjoyed the process.

    One question. When I was refining the rounded edge of the spatula with my spokeshave to get down to the chisel line, I did tear out a small chunk from the top of the handle as I tried to smooth across the grain at the very top of the spatula. Is this because my spokeshave isn’t sharp enough or because my cuts were too deep? Thanks again.

    • Izzy Berger on 30 April 2019 at 2:08 pm

      Hi Andrew,

      It’s likely that the set is too deep on the spokeshave, but it also helps to have it sharp.

      Kind Regards,

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