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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 07-10-2021 05:11 PM 550 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a spatula (or burger flipper) I bought decades ago that I really like. Not sure why, but the blade is heavy enough stainless that it works very well, both on a grill or in a cast iron skillet. It came with a plastic handle, and last week the handle snapped in half.

First step was to remove the last of the plastic. A 1 inch wide wood chisel and a vise grips were the tools, and it came apart pretty easily, but the tang was pretty short. I took a piece of 3/8” square mild steel I had and banged it around, drilled a hole, and riveted it on.

That’s enough of that for today. I’ve got four bookcases I’m finishing today too, and after I bring them into the house tomorrow, I’ll mix up a batch of epoxy and join the steel to the stainless more securely. Cutting a cavity in a couple pieces of wood to get a good fit on this complicated shape might be tricky, so after epoxying the two pieces together, I may flatten things a bit with the grinder to make a simpler shape to cut in the wood. But I’m glad I extended the tang to give more support to whatever handle I decide to go with.

-- Dave - Santa Fe



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bandit571

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#1 posted 07-10-2021 05:15 PM

Interesting…..looks a bit uncomfortable…..

Flat scales, or maybe a chisel like turning?

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 07-10-2021 05:50 PM

I’m thinking flat-ish scales, rounded over, but we’ll have to see what jumps out of the scraps pile. I might end up with something laminated out of thinner layers.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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duckmilk

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#3 posted 07-10-2021 07:13 PM

How about riveting the scales on? You already have one rivet hole and could create another on further down in the added piece. Might have to flatten the addition a little.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 07-10-2021 07:41 PM

Could end up doing that, Duck. I think a lot is going to depend on what I find for scales when I start rummaging tomorrow.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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splintergroup

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#5 posted 07-10-2021 07:52 PM

Lemme guess, you were showing off, flipping the spatula in your hand after flipping the burgers, probably trying for two revolutions before catching it in you hand. Entropy takes over and it hits the floor (BTDT 8^)

It looks like you have it “in hand” Dave! Be interesting to see what you come up with after doing the knives.

Somehow I think your BBQ tongs and fork will meet a similar fate and require a matching rebuild 8^)

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Dave Polaschek

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#6 posted 07-10-2021 09:32 PM

Nothing so fun, Splint. I tossed it into the sink after using it, and it just snapped.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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LittleBlackDuck

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#7 posted 07-10-2021 10:35 PM

DP, now all you need to do is soak your hand in high concentrated water, so it’ll shrink to be able to grip the new handle… love the thumb grip.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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robscastle

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#8 posted 07-11-2021 08:02 AM

Well you could do worse Dave,

Here is my effort after dropping my clamp on the concrete.

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#9 posted 07-11-2021 10:39 AM

Not trying to be a spoilt sport, however,

that’s about how much a new spatula would cost in a $2 shop!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Dave Polaschek

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#10 posted 07-11-2021 11:55 AM

Thanks, Rob. Nice work!

Ducky, most of my projects make little economic sense.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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LittleBlackDuck

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#11 posted 07-11-2021 12:57 PM



Ducky, most of my projects make little economic sense.
- Dave Polaschek

Now that I can live with DP... it’s the misguided false economy that gets me questioning.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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