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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 09-28-2018 03:32 PM 473 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The lid for one of my skillets melted in the oven a few years back. Oops. I had a couple hours yesterday morning, and decided I would make a replacement. I found a scrap of apple from the tree we took down in my front yard four years ago. Cut it to length, then angled all four sides with a small pull saw, then used a spokeshave and block plane to smooth the sides. A little final touch-up with a knife, a coat of oil, then a few coats of shellac, and it’s done.

Picture 5 is the raw wood, 4 is with just the oil on it. The apple wood soaked up a lot of oil, so I’m hoping once everything cures it’ll be fairly stable. If not, I can always make another handle, I guess.

-- Dave - Minneapolis





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ralbuck

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#1 posted 09-28-2018 04:25 PM

Very neat. It did turn out very well.

The amount of work in that is more than I would have done though.

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 09-28-2018 04:32 PM

Thanks. Yeah, it was a lot of work. Would’ve gone quicker with a lathe. But it kept me busy while the guys at the shop down the street were putting new fluids in my truck, so I think it all worked out.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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doubleDD

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#3 posted 09-28-2018 05:29 PM

Great idea using the insert Dave. Nicely done.

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

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oldrivers

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#4 posted 09-28-2018 06:13 PM

Mighty Fine, looks good, you did a great job, congratulations.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 09-28-2018 06:24 PM

Thanks, gents. I pondered carving something fancier or spending more time smoothing it before finishing, but I had told myself that when the shop called and said the truck was ready, it was time to down tools. It isn’t as nice as I’d like, but it’s sure a ton better than the lump of molten plastic that used to be the handle. And I learned a few things along the way.

The insert seemed like a must, Dave. There are bits of the apple that would hold a screw, but I’m trying to save most of the really good stuff for saw handles. And the vacuum chamber for stabilizing wood is a “some time this winter” project. So for now, an insert does the trick.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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Oldtool

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#6 posted 09-28-2018 07:35 PM

Dave,

Really slick idea. I have to make a few of these, all matching kitchenware. Might gets a few points with the wife, thanks for the idea.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Dave Polaschek

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#7 posted 09-28-2018 10:34 PM

Thanks. I don’t know if I’ve got my design to the point that I’m ready to make a bunch identical yet. I suspect the next one will be different.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#8 posted 09-28-2018 10:35 PM

Clever idea. I’ll also bet this is the first lid handle posted on LJ.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#9 posted 09-28-2018 11:42 PM

I think you’re right Earl. Nice Dave!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#10 posted 09-28-2018 11:42 PM

Thanks, Earl. Near as I can tell, it fits the rules. Made of wood, and finished. ;-)

I haven’t posted a tubafor beer coaster yet, but maybe for next year’s beer swap…

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#11 posted 09-28-2018 11:43 PM

Thanks, Duck!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#12 posted 09-29-2018 09:12 PM

I’m impressed that you were able to find something made from wood that hasn’t already been posted as a project. You get top marks for ingenuity AND creativity.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#13 posted 09-29-2018 09:26 PM

Thanks! I guess I’m just not like the other children, Earl. ;-)

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#14 posted 10-02-2018 12:56 AM

Dave , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 10-02-2018 04:42 AM

Thanks!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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