Just for Fun... #60: A Pressing Problem...

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Anybody who’s ever worked as a short-order cook will know what one of these is…An old "Burger" Press

Yes, it’s a Press, usually used as a weight to cook burgers in a hurry…
But this one’s pins have been falling right out lately… The Problem...

So I decided to give it a quick fix, by giving it a new handle…
I started by removing the old one, and “persuading” the two brackets back to 90° with my trusty 3 lb. Estwing…Handle removed and brackets straightened...

I like a beefier handle than this one has, and don’t have a lathe, so I had to find some round stock that will fit the bill… I found that at work too, in an old tired broom…A Broom that's seen better days...

I cut a short section off the broom handle and then clamped a parallel clamp around it… that will keep it from spinning while I mark and cut it. Clamped up for marking...And for cutting...

And about two minutes later a test fit… I made it with slots on either end to fit around the brackets… that way, the handle won’t spin, and my knuckles won’t bang into the hot press bottom… again…The test fit...

A screw in either end, and for once, I’m not going to have to worry about the finish… In two or three weeks, the new one will look very much like the old… :) Here, after attaching the screws...

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 865 days ago

happy knuckles are here again

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 865 days ago

Great mod, Mike!!

Like your dowel stock!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 865 days ago


Neat project. The way you did the ends of he handle is great.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#4 posted 864 days ago

Very effective

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#5 posted 864 days ago

Nice fix Mike. I would have made you some 1” Jatoba dowels if you’d asked. Let me know the next time and we’ll have really fancy burger presses!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 864 days ago

A very nice frugal repair job, HAPPY GRILLING!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 864 days ago

I like the comment that you wanted a”beefier” handle, LOL
Hope it makes the burgers taste better!

-- ~Julie~

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#8 posted 864 days ago

Does the Health Dept approve broom handle repairs? ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 864 days ago

Are the burgers going to cost more now? lol
That press is good for another 10,000 hamburgers Mike !

Good job !

-- Having fun...Eric

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#10 posted 864 days ago

I can see why they love you at that restaurant! You make them a suggestion/comment box, you fix about everything that needs fixing… and you do it with heart!
Nice work Mike.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#11 posted 864 days ago

I’ll 2nd with Ellen. And with Topamax (Bob). I like the fit that you did too, looks nice. I wish to hear Patron sing this new tune of his. I’ll even play the banjo.

-- $tudie

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#12 posted 864 days ago

Nicely done Mike. Per usual, a simple yet effective solution.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#13 posted 864 days ago

Looks good now Mike , especially with the tweak at the ends. I’m not sure the hamburgers will like it though!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 864 days ago

Very nice ! I used a critter like this too, a long, long, time ago, but we used it to keep the bacon flat on the iron…..nice solution to the rolling over prob. too ! Thanks for good ole’ brooms !

your friend in N. Florida don s.

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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#15 posted 864 days ago

At last a useful tool post. Good restoration, Mike. Long may it last.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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