A Few Kitchen Favorites

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Project by Tim Pursell posted 07-02-2009 01:29 AM 2659 views 8 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This all started last year when the wife wanted some nice salad tongs.

Well I don’t care much for salad and I do most of the cooking around the house I decided I wanted some new cooking tools so…. I picked a few old wooden spatulas from my kitchen and tried to figure out what I liked about each and did not like so much. One was too short, one (my old trusty) was a tad thin in the handle and none of them fit the rounded edges of my largest fry pan. I started with the Spatula (1st photo).
I fiddled with the shape of the handle and the angle and taper on the blade till things felt right. But it was still not quite right. One of my old wooden spatulas had a pretty good curve in it from midway down to the blade.
Luckily I remembered reading an article in FWW (issue 205) about hot pipe bending. Viola!, now I had a spatula that felt just right in my hand!
The next steps were the slotted spatula and the rounded one that works great in my big fry pan and also woks. The most recent addition is the Spaghetti server. Made with the same handle shape as the earlier utensils, only slightly thicker wood to allow the maple pins to have a good amount of wood to glue them into.
I have been able to thin out my cutoff stack(s) pretty well, so far I have made them in Maple, Cherry, QSWO, and walnut. The last photo shows an assortment of tools in a box I made up to display them in at craft shows, and I have even sold a few of the boxes!
All the tools & the box are on my Etsy store


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#1 posted 07-02-2009 04:01 AM

Tim: Nice job on the utensils. Some great modifications.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 07-02-2009 11:26 PM

Thanks Karson, I think you were the only one that got the point of my post.


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#3 posted 07-03-2009 03:53 AM

These are really neat!

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