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Spatulas - A Cautionary Tale

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Project by Underdog posted 01-27-2022 10:24 PM 1099 views 3 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made some Snickerdoodles the other day, and used my wife’s favorite stirring spatula to mix the dough. As the recipe said, the dough became quite stiff. Hence the busted utensil… (sad face).

But of course the Snicker Doodles were a hit, and some homemade peach jam was excellent on it! The cookies didn’t last long!

So to make up for it, I hunted up some maple, which turned out to be a little figured, and split it in half, planed it down just above 1/4”, then cut out the shape on the bandsaw.

Then smoothed it down with the Rigid Oscillating sander, and sanded a bevel on the end.

Since I didn’t have an 1/8” radius router bit, and have wanted one for quite some time, I hotfooted it down to the hardware store and got my grubby mitts on one…

I routed both sides… which is a little tricky since the second pass offsets a little bit. No matter, I got out the “shaping paper” and fixed the ridge, and sanded to about 400.
Some mineral oil soaked in pretty good, but then I washed them a bit to raise the grain, and then sanded again, and soaked again in mineral oil
Somewhere in there, I made sure my beloved approved of the shape, width, and thickness – ie. it fit HER hands not my big mitts.

And since I had the machines already set up, I dug out some Hickory and made four more!

It was a fun easy project, and I scored a new router bit too.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA





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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 01-27-2022 10:33 PM

Reading between the lines looks like you broke Moms favorite spatula to get a new router bit. The fact that you made her a lifetime supply (if she actually approves of the “new” spatula) means she likely would bless this purchase.

Sneaky. I’ll have to remember this.

Never added Peach Jam to a snickerdoodle. Something I might have to try as well.

Nice build, they look great. Oh yeah the spatulas too. :-)

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 01-27-2022 10:49 PM

those look great,cookies and spatulas.might be something for next years zmas gifts.

-- 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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hairy

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#3 posted 01-28-2022 12:34 AM

Nice work!

Isn’t there a rule about posting cooking projects without a recipe? There should be. Joking!!

-- there's someone in my head but it's not me...

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Eric

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#4 posted 01-28-2022 12:45 AM

Cool way to get a new router bit. Great job on the spatchula and the cookies look good to.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#5 posted 01-28-2022 02:12 AM

Awesome work. And it’s a gift that keeps on giving!

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#6 posted 01-28-2022 02:36 AM

Nice job! A very worthy reason to make the router bit purchase. A real win-win.

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#7 posted 01-28-2022 02:53 AM

Well done on the spatulas. I make mine with a squared off end, one corner having a 1/4 inch radius and the other having a 1/2 inch radius. Makes it easy to get the “corners” of the pan regardless of the radius at the bottom…

Did you put a “thumbprint” in the center of each cookie? Mine don’t sink down like that.

Claude

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClaudesWoodcarving

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#8 posted 01-28-2022 03:29 AM

Nice

-- Gary, Florida

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#9 posted 01-28-2022 12:37 PM

Nicely done! And the cookies look great also! Getting final approval from your lovely lady was the right thing to do!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#10 posted 01-28-2022 04:33 PM

Beautiful wood. Nice job.

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

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#11 posted 01-28-2022 08:41 PM

What could be better. One broken spatula gets you some shop time, a new bit plus cookies. Not to mention a happy wife who got some new, beautiful spatulas!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#12 posted 01-28-2022 09:37 PM



Reading between the lines looks like you broke Moms favorite spatula to get a new router bit. The fact that you made her a lifetime supply (if she actually approves of the “new” spatula) means she likely would bless this purchase.

Sneaky. I ll have to remember this.

Never added Peach Jam to a snickerdoodle. Something I might have to try as well.

Nice build, they look great. Oh yeah the spatulas too. :-)

- therealSteveN

I only WISH I were that clever! I guess I’ll have to remember this for future reference when I need a new tool…

Oh. and the Peach jam is awesome with a bit of cinnamon. Funny thing.. the peaches are from Oregon, not Georgia. And I don’t know how to make the jam. I guess I should learn… I’m about out of that one precious jar my sister made me.

Thanks!

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#13 posted 01-28-2022 09:38 PM



those look great,cookies and spatulas.might be something for next years zmas gifts.

- pottz

Thanks Pottzy! Are you fishing? ;-)

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#14 posted 01-28-2022 09:39 PM



Nice work!

Isn t there a rule about posting cooking projects without a recipe? There should be. Joking!!

- hairy

Thanks!
Y’know, I went looking for that recipe and now I can’t find it!
But there are only about 35,000 recipes for snickerdoodles on the internet. Seriously.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#15 posted 01-28-2022 09:39 PM


those look great,cookies and spatulas.might be something for next years zmas gifts.

- pottz

Thanks Pottzy! Are you fishing? ;-)

- Underdog


always

-- 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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