damascus spatula

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Project by bobasaurus posted 05-03-2017 06:18 PM 3509 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I forged this pattern-welded damascus spatula for my Mom’s birthday gift. I offered her a knife or any other thing I could forge, and this is what she chose. Never made one before, it was lots of flattening work with a cross pein hammer and a ton of grinding. 1080 and 15n20 steel, hardened then tempered at about 550 deg F for extra flexibility.

The handle is redheart, one of my favorite woods. It’s pretty, really easy to work (hand planes beautifully), and doesn’t have large pores so it finishes smoothly. I hand planed the block to size, then bandsawed out the shape, and block planed everything smooth and roughly to the final shape before sanding.

I also forged a chef knife from the same billet as a wedding gift for my coworker. It has a Tasmanian myrtle handle.

Not a ton of woodworking on display here, but I still wanted to share my recent work.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#1 posted 05-03-2017 06:24 PM

You realy make wonders from that metal!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 05-03-2017 06:26 PM

Thanks Ivan, I’m always impressed by your projects too. You make such nice jigs and tools.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 05-03-2017 06:27 PM

I wouldn’t mind adding one of those to my kitchen.

Always like looking at your projects.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#4 posted 05-03-2017 06:47 PM

That is a beautiful shop-made kitchen utensil.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 05-03-2017 07:19 PM

Really beautiful. I am glad you shared the project with us.

-- Scott

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#6 posted 05-03-2017 09:55 PM

Real nice work on both pieces.

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#7 posted 05-03-2017 10:43 PM

ive seen demascus knives but never a spatula,thats i just beautiful,pairs nicely with the redheart.excellent work.

-- 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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#8 posted 05-03-2017 10:53 PM

Very beautiful

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 05-03-2017 11:19 PM

Those are great. Well done!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#10 posted 05-03-2017 11:31 PM

Really beautiful and unique and especially so for a kitchen utensil. :) Really nice work!

Is the handle one piece or two? If one, how do you hollow it out for the tang?

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#11 posted 05-03-2017 11:42 PM

Thanks a lot for the comments, I always love reading them.

Bill, it is one piece. I drill several holes in a line using the drill press, then with the same bit in a hand drill I try to gouge out the remaining wood between the holes. I then use a small chisel to clean up the insides until the tang fits. Kind of crude, but it works. A flexible 24 hour cure epoxy (west systems g/flex) holds in the tang.

I’ve also burned tangs in before, it works slick if you remove as much waste as you can ahead of time.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#12 posted 05-03-2017 11:58 PM

I wish you were my son….

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#13 posted 05-04-2017 01:11 AM

I enjoy seeing your work, as I was a metal work teacher.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#14 posted 05-04-2017 05:22 AM

I enjoy seeing your work, as I was a metal work teacher.

- bushmaster

That’s high praise then, thanks a lot. I still fumble with a lot of it, I’m new to metalworking. But with persistence and youtube, I can get through anything.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#15 posted 05-04-2017 11:09 AM

Gorgeous stuff Allen!

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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