2nd batch of stir fry spatulas

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Project by John posted 08-12-2017 02:01 AM 1362 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished a 2nd batch of stir fry spatulas today. Around 100 Birch and 15 Laburnum. Most are around 10.4”. I made five 12” long. They vary in thickness but around 0.25” finished seems good. They are great for stocking stuffers or just little gifts. Selling a few is okay but hardly worth it. I couldn’t remember exactly how I did it but it came back to me by the time I was finished. When I do some more (in a couple years?) I may try for 200, that way I can get better and faster at each step of production. Finished with a coat of Mineral Oil. I think the only tool I haven’t used (or tried to use) on these is my lathe!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#1 posted 08-12-2017 02:44 AM

Hand Plane? Did you use that Birch I gave you or was it to short, can’t remember if it was a 2×4 or 4×6 ? Where did you get the Laburnum, looks good and pretty hard.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 08-12-2017 03:20 AM

Andre, I tried a hand plane, a block plane and a spokeshave and found the spokeshave much better for these small pieces. The block plane is good for one small step. Anything I can do to cut down the sanding helps. I haven’t used the Birch you gave me, it is still waiting for inspiration! The Laburnum was from a good sized pruned branch.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#3 posted 08-12-2017 03:47 AM

Those look good John. I’m just wondering what kind of conveyor belt you have so that you can handle this production rate? ;)

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 08-12-2017 04:01 AM

I have a LN 102 and a Veritas apron plane, Low angle and very small, found they worked well to taper the ends.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 08-12-2017 04:24 AM

Thanks John, maybe a conveyor belt next time.

Two nice planes Andre! These little pieces can be tricky to taper, add in a few knots and you are never sure!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#6 posted 08-12-2017 01:06 PM

Looks like these spatulas kept you busy. They all look great. Now I know what I have a taste for dinner tonight.

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

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#7 posted 08-12-2017 01:37 PM

These are very nice looking spatulas and beautifully done!

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 08-12-2017 03:01 PM


-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#9 posted 08-12-2017 04:34 PM

Now for the salad sets to match!

Very well done! ++ same way I prefer meat!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#10 posted 08-12-2017 08:18 PM

Nice ones , John!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 08-12-2017 10:21 PM

I stirfry often but use basically a straight paddle, 3/16” oak.
What advantages do you find to the ’’S’ shape?
Or do you think it’s just a matter of taste?
Nicely done.

-- Mike in SoCal, now East Texas

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#12 posted 08-12-2017 10:50 PM

Hi Mike, a straight paddle sounds like it would be a lot easier to make, but I like this shape in my hand and it seems to fit the wok and frying pan fine. I have played around a bit with the handle end, length, and thickness but I keep going back to the shape my father in law first showed me.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#13 posted 08-15-2017 07:24 PM

These look great John :) Very ergonomic design.

-- Wood Yogi - Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. - Swami Sivananda

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