Spatula repair #2: Scales on, rough shaping

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 07-27-2021 03:47 PM 687 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Getting started Part 2 of Spatula repair series Part 3: More shaping »

I started by carving openings in a piece of curly cherry to match the shape of the handle.

Then I discovered the handle wasn’t thick enough to carve to full depth without risking blowing out the wood, so I added a 1/8” thick piece of ash “veneer.”

Then I clamped the pieces together with some epoxy and poured a mix of epoxy and sawdust into the handle to solidify things.

After the epoxy cured overnight, I pulled out the belt-sander and did some quick and dirty shaping.

I could’ve used a drawknife or spokeshave, but using the belt sander gave me some fine sawdust. I used that fine sawdust to fill the last of the hole in the handle (dry), and then wet it down with CA glue. Not as strong as the epoxy and sawdust mix, but hopefully a better color match once it dries.

I’m a little disappointed I didn’t get the scales on straight, but the diagonal stripe of ash may end up being a cool “design feature.” Guess we’ll see.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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James E McIntyre

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#1 posted 07-27-2021 03:58 PM

Looks good Dave. It is a cool spatula. Is it for the bbq?

-- James E McIntyre

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#2 posted 07-27-2021 05:29 PM

See, if you didn’t mention the diagonal you’d have got away with it.
Curve the bottom of the back up so the cherry is the same thickness at both ends and it’ll look carefully planned.

Looks good.

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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#3 posted 07-27-2021 06:16 PM

Looks like a design element to me, nice work.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 07-27-2021 06:40 PM

C’mon DP, You’re not gonna tell me you wont put that into a display cabinet and buy a $2 replacement for the kitchen/BBQ?.

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

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#5 posted 07-27-2021 06:45 PM

Thanks, James. Everyday kitchen use.

Thanks, Mike, it’s got a twist, too. Wait’ll you see e finished version…

Thanks, Tom!

It’ll get used nearly every day, Duckie.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 07-28-2021 12:53 AM

Dave, I did something similar with a favourite BBQ spatula, works great; top marks sir

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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Dave Polaschek

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#7 posted 07-28-2021 01:06 AM

Thanks, Peter! Not sure what’s special about this one, but it’s the first one I always reach for, so I’m hoping to get it back in service soon.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 07-28-2021 01:06 PM

I give you a lot of credit Dave. Anytime you have a favorite utensil or tool with a broken handle it’s well worth it to replace it. I’m the same way. Nice save.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Dave Polaschek

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#9 posted 07-28-2021 01:44 PM

Nice thing about being retired, Dave. I can mostly decide how I get to fritter away my time.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 07-29-2021 11:25 PM

Looking good , so far!

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Dave Polaschek

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#11 posted 07-30-2021 02:16 AM

Thanks, Bandit. Maybe I’ll get some time to wrap it up this weekend.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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