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Project by RussInMichigan posted 11-07-2014 10:36 AM 1173 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The spatula had a short black plastic handle on it. Said short black handle broke off as I was washing it, so rather than repairing a handle I didn’t care for I chose to replace it with a longer, more comfortable, and ever so slightly flashier one.

The replacement handle is made from bloodwood with a vein of chestnut running through it. I added brass pins matching the existing holes and cutouts on the tang. The tang was mortised into a 1/4” strip of bloodwood. Holes were drilled into that piece in the pattern on the tang. From there I stacked the chestnut veneer and the two strips of 1/4” bloodwood together and drilled the three holes through the sandwiched block. Then, I epoxied and clamped the whole thing up and added the brass pins. After the epoxy cured I sanded the handle blank flat.

I drew up a half pattern on a 3 by 5 card, folded it and cut out the full pattern. I traced the pattern onto the handle blank and cut it out on the scroll saw. Then, I went chisel-chisel-scrape-scrape-sand-sand up to 400 grit. I finished it with a few dousings of Watco’s Danish Oil.

It feels a lot better and looks a lot better than the inadequate original black plastic handle.

It won’t make the coffee cake taste any better, but it will give serving it a bit more flare.

Thanks for looking in, Lumberjocks.

Russ





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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 11-07-2014 10:55 AM

Very cool. I love bloodwood. :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 11-07-2014 12:33 PM

Very nice handle. I love the replacement. Now that tool will last a lifetime!!Nice going, Russ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Every time you use it you’ll appreciate it better because you made it your self!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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tt1106

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#3 posted 11-07-2014 01:33 PM

Awesome. What kind of rivets are those?

-- -Todd

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RussInMichigan

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#4 posted 11-07-2014 01:40 PM

Todd,

Glad you like it. After my wife saw it she looked around for handles she could break for me to “fix.”

Those are brass rod epoxied into the handle. I like the somewhat odd pattern of the rivets. I just copied what was in the tang on the spatula blade.

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Richard

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#5 posted 11-07-2014 06:36 PM



Todd,

Glad you like it. After my wife saw it she looked around for handles she could break for me to “fix.”

Those are brass rod epoxied into the handle. I like the somewhat odd pattern of the rivets. I just copied what was in the tang on the spatula blade.

- RussInMichigan


Every handle in the Kitchen is up for grabs now.

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#6 posted 11-07-2014 07:14 PM


After my wife saw it she looked around for handles she could break for me to “fix.”

They have to match!

Steve.

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RussInMichigan

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#7 posted 11-07-2014 08:12 PM

Richard, I think you’ve captured the essence of it.

SteveMI, you said, “They have to match!,” but I was thinking I could use up the exotics from the ever-growing pile of shorts.

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Underdog

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#8 posted 11-07-2014 09:07 PM

Nice job!
We have the same spatula, and both repaired our cracked handle using wood.
Except yours looks much better than mine.

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#9 posted 11-07-2014 09:22 PM

nice I too would like to know more a bout doing the rivvets keep well ? Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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JBWoodWorks

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#10 posted 11-11-2014 04:10 AM

I have one of those that one of the dogs thought was a chew toy. Great idea!

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