How to Make a Honey Dipper


A honey dipper is often an overlooked utensil since honey is just as easily taken out of a jar with a spoon. The advantage to using a honey dipper, though, is that its head is embedded with grooves that effectively hold the honey. Thus, there is a much smaller chance of spilling honey with a honey dipper than there is with a spoon. However, honey dippers are not as readily available as spoons, so it may be worth your while to create one on your own if you possess the right tools.

Step 1

Set the wooden block on the lathe machine and only apply a minimum amount of pressure to avoid breaking the block. Turn on the lathe machine to begin spinning the wooden block.

Step 2

Make the wooden block round by using the roughing gouge. Do not stop this process until the wooden block is as round and smooth as possible.

Step 3

Determine the final measurements of the honey dipper. The best way to begin this process is to mark the length of the handle.

Step 4

Create a block that will serve as the honey dipper's head. Accomplish this by using the spindle gouge.

Step 5

Smooth out the honey dipper's head by using the skew chisel. The honey dipper's head should possess a soft curve from the top of the head to where the handle begins.

Step 6

Draw out evenly spaced lines on the head. These lines will be the bottom of the grooves that will be used to hold the honey. Begin this process in the center of the head and work your way out.

Step 7

Cut grooves into the honey dipper's head with the short point of the skew chisel. Make sure that both sides of the grooves are smoothly cut.

Step 8

Make a distinct separation between the honey dipper's head and handle by creating a V-shape at the base of the head with the skew chisel.

Step 9

Use sand paper to polish the honey dipper and eliminate its rough edges. The strength of the sand paper should be determined by the durability of the wood you are using.

Step 10

Employ an oil finish on the honey dipper to provide it with a shiny appearance.

Tips and Warnings

  • Chisels and gouges have sharp, pointy ends. Make sure you are wearing gloves when performing this task. Also, wear eye goggles to avoid getting poked in the eyes by flying wood chips.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden block, 7 inches by 2 inches by 2 inches
  • Lathe machine
  • Roughing gouge
  • Spindle gouge
  • Skew chisel
  • Carpenter pencil
  • Sandpaper
  • Oil wood finish


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About this Author

Guinn Terry Davis has been writing professionally since 2005. Davis' material has appeared in "Southern Literary Magazine" as well as Focus Prep, a test prep website, and Planetcrasher, a travel guide website. He is currently living in Burbank, Calif. Davis received his Bachelor of Arts in theatre at Belhaven College.

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