Spatula repair

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Blog series by Dave Polaschek updated 08-01-2021 08:37 PM 4 parts 2305 reads 44 comments total

Part 1: Getting started

07-10-2021 05:11 PM by Dave Polaschek | 11 comments »

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 h...

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Part 2: Scales on, rough shaping

07-27-2021 03:47 PM by Dave Polaschek | 11 comments »

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. ...

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Part 3: More shaping

08-01-2021 01:38 AM by Dave Polaschek | 14 comments »

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...

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Part 4: Wrapping it up

08-01-2021 08:37 PM by Dave Polaschek | 8 comments »

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....

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