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Spatula repair #4: Wrapping it up

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 08-01-2021 08:37 PM 385 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I started today by picking up the spatula and feeling where the handle didn’t feel right. Mostly it was a matter of the corners needing to be rounded off a little more, so I got out the small HNT Gordon small spokeshave and started using it on the corners.

I’m getting to the point where workholding can get challenging, but my big twin-screw vise is pretty handy for holding onto odd-shaped things, and by skewing it slightly, it holds the handle just fine while I’m fine-tuning the shape.

After I got the bulk of the material removed (maybe a sixteenth at the thickest spot, but more like 1/32 or 1/64 in most spots – a little over a millimeter in the thick spots, and a third mm at the thin spots), I switched to abrasives. I used 120 and 180 grit, and then when everything felt good, the handle got another coat of tung oil thinned 50-50 with mineral spirits. It’ll get all week to dry in the shop, and probably will get a second coat next weekend and then another week to dry. No hurry, as I’m not cooking many meals while I’m on jury duty.

I’ll post the finished project in a bit with final photos.

-- Dave - Santa Fe



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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 08-01-2021 08:44 PM

Looks nice

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#2 posted 08-01-2021 09:01 PM

Thanks, Tony! Feels pretty good, and I feel good about not throwing it out.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 08-01-2021 09:31 PM

Spokeshaves are great tools, leave a nice smooth surface & make shaping easy by not removing too much at a time.

-- "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 08-01-2021 11:36 PM

Thanks, Tom! Yeah. I’ve got at least six spokeshaves. I think I have three that are still in the last box I haven’t unpacked since my move, even.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 08-02-2021 09:15 AM

Now you’ll have to do a full matching set.

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#6 posted 08-02-2021 11:41 AM

I don’t think I even have a matching set, Peter. Most of my kitchen stuff was acquired over a lot of years.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 08-02-2021 06:10 PM

Nice job.

Pretty little spokeshave, looks expensive.

Get yourself a handscrew clamp – ideal for holding small objects and works as a poormans carving vice.

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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#8 posted 08-02-2021 07:04 PM

Mike,

The spokeshave isn’t cheap, but HNT Gordon make good stuff. Here it is. Shipping from the antipodes may add a bit, but I bet there’s a stockist closer to you.

I’ve got multiple hand screws. Apparently I’m not smart enough to dig them out when I need them, or maybe my twin-screw vise skews enough that I don’t need them often.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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