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Spatula repair #3: More shaping

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 08-01-2021 01:38 AM 454 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Scales on, rough shaping Part 3 of Spatula repair series Part 4: Wrapping it up »

Spent a couple hours today shaping the handle further. I started with a spokeshave, just eyeballing a comfortable shape.

Then on each end of the handle I marked guide-lines for a taper at the end, and cut to them with a knife.

Then I used some 60-grit sandpaper to fair the sides and edges to the corners I’d cut.

Going back to the knife, I trimmed the corners a little further.

Then sanded again to get nice rounded edges leading into the end grain on both ends of the handle.

And then finally used a knife-edge file (with a safe edge, so I wouldn’t scuff the stainless steel handle of the spatula) to smooth the end-grain.

That was it for the day. I dipped the handle in some tung oil, and once that’s cured, I’ll come back with some 120 and 180 grit and then another coat or two of oil.

-- Dave - Santa Fe



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robscastle

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#1 posted 08-01-2021 01:58 AM

OMG Dave I can see this Flipper ending up in the Smithsonian after we have both Karked it!

was the FA Kit needed?

-- Regards Rob

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Eric

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#2 posted 08-01-2021 02:25 AM

That must be a treasured spatula, for you to go through all the work for a new handel.

Great job.

-- Eric, building the dream

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Oldtool

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#3 posted 08-01-2021 02:26 AM

Nicely contoured for a find fit in the hand, and you had the opportunity to practice hand tool skills.

-- "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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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 08-01-2021 02:44 AM

Thanks, Rob! No First Aid required so far.

Eric, it’s a nice one, but it’s also shop time when I’m not otherwise getting much. Thanks!

Thanks, Tom! It feels pretty good, though I might have the balance a little off. The new handle is bigger than the factory one was, so it fits my big paws better.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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LittleBlackDuck

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#5 posted 08-01-2021 02:58 AM



... but it’s also shop time when I’m not otherwise getting much…
- Dave Polaschek

Shop time??? You could have built 10 boxes with hand cut dovetails, sanded through all the grits from 40 to 6,000, 3 times… French polished it… not just shellacked, made 2 display cabinets and flown to Australia and back in the mean time… ok that last dig wasn’t shop time.

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

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pottz

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#6 posted 08-01-2021 03:20 AM

oh hell dave ignor em,just jealous thats all-lol.i know what your talking about,ive got this pair of bbq tongs that i love but the plastic handle is starting to fall apart,so i may do a similar repair.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#7 posted 08-01-2021 03:36 AM


oh hell dave ignor em,just jealous thats all-lol.i know what your talking about,ive got this pair of bbq tongs that i love but the plastic handle is starting to fall apart,so i may do a similar repair.

- pottz


Hey DP, I have some well worn thongs I always wear around my BBQ,

but would never dream of repairing… however, if you want shop time, maybe you could make pottzy and me some dominos... and don’t listen to rc (about dominos).

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

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pottz

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#8 posted 08-01-2021 03:42 AM


oh hell dave ignor em,just jealous thats all-lol.i know what your talking about,ive got this pair of bbq tongs that i love but the plastic handle is starting to fall apart,so i may do a similar repair.

- pottz

Hey DP, I have some well worn thongs I always wear around my BBQ,

but would never dream of repairing… however, if you want shop time, maybe you could make pottzy and me some dominos... and don t listen to rc (about dominos).

- LittleBlackDuck


what do you mean repair,those should be burned to stop the spread of god knows what !!!!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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crowie

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#9 posted 08-01-2021 05:08 AM

When you go to the trouble of making a handle it has to fit your hand correctly!!

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#10 posted 08-01-2021 12:37 PM

A few hours making a handle, and you’d begrudge me that, Ducky? I believe the expression is “bugger off.”

Thanks, Pottz. If it’s something you want to do, have at it. Just don’t tell Ducky, as he’ll criticize the project.

Thanks, Peter! Exactly.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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doubleDD

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#11 posted 08-01-2021 01:23 PM

It may seem like a lot of work but if I look back at some of the things that took me a long time that’s nothing. Something you are proud of.

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#12 posted 08-01-2021 04:50 PM

Thanks, Dave! Not a whole lot of work, but not a lot of shop time, either. I think everything in this blog happened in 90 minutes after helping my neighbor move some furniture, getting our “rock guy” started on repairing the damage at the end of the driveway caused by the UPS driver cutting the corner (we now have a big enough rock there that if he cuts the corner, he’ll have to call a wrecker), helping my sweetie water our new trees, and something else. Zero time during the week because of jury duty.

I also put three coats of shellac on a picture frame while working on this, and drilled the reinforcement holes in the corners so I could drop in some ash plugs, so that when my backup glass cutter arrived in the mail (late yesterday), I could cut the piece of glass and finish the picture frame. That was my 90 minutes of shop time this morning, but I also had to sharpen the lawnmower blade during that time.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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doubleDD

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#13 posted 08-01-2021 07:54 PM

Looks like you’re keeping busy. I hope it’s cooled off there a bit. Planting trees in some of that heat I saw out that way would be rough. I just had a new power line put in to the garage so I’ll be watering the new grass area from the tench a couple times a day for the next few weeks with this heat.

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#14 posted 08-01-2021 09:16 PM

Yeah, plenty to do around here, Dave. I sometimes feel like I should go back to work so I can get a decent nap! ;-)

Today we barely broke 70. Monsoon season here means we had over 5 inches of rain in July, and the trees are doing great. We still give them 15-20 gallons each, twice a week, but Mother Nature is helping a lot with the watering, and our 3000 gallon cistern is full up again.

It’s pretty weird around here with everything green. There wasn’t a monsoon last year, so we kinda got used to the brown.

This is a fence down by our mailbox that we pile a rock onto every day when we walk to get the mail. The first photo is from this morning. The one after this is from before the monsoon started. Quite a contrast!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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