So this baby here needed a new handle, the plastic ones being designed to not last. Even though this is a cheap 4€ pancake pan, and that the liner is chipping out, it’s okay, because I use it for melting rocket candy. So it’s getting fixed.
First order or business, grab some nice colored palletwood from my old urban gloats (these will last me for years here). Draw the overall dimensions of the handle…
... then take out the (cheap) wood saw and cut it out…
... and there’s the handle blank. Some sanding on the edges and on the leftover stock, and we can move forward.
By the way, you know it’s high time to change your sanding block’s diaper when it starts to look like this ;)
Here I’m lining up the end of the block to the ferule of the pan to get the profile, which I draw from both inside and outside:
Now cue the carving tool. As I don’t have a carving knife, I thought it was a good time to use the knife my father bought me years ago in French Guyana, when they lived there. Lookit this thing, all hand made by a local craftsman, blade and all (he only had them laser engraved afterwards):
Gotta tell ya I love this snakewood handle.
Now back to business. I rough out the shape of the handle with the knife, with several re-sharpenings on a 600 grit with cutting oil (those blades he used weren’t made for wood but for meat, so it dulls quickly with what looks like beech to me).
From that point on it was difficult to get pictures on my own. I took out the Dremel (with its brand new rotor!), and hollowed out the mounting recess with an HSS end cutting tool.
Then I got the big drill out, put the flat sanding disk on, and shaped the handle with 80 grit, keeping the vacuum next to the wood to get any dust. Works quite well.
And this is how it came out after a few minutes of shaping:
Then it was only a matter of fine-tuning the mounting side, routing out a bit more with the Dremel, test-fit, repeat.
Once the loose fit was good, a single coat of sun-bleached linseed oil (fine painter’s grade… yeah blatant overkill):
and finally crimping the handle into place:
Thus relives my small pan! Definitely longer to document and blog about than to do.
-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...