Making a Burger spatula

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With summer approaching and smash burgers being all the rage, I was asked to make another burger spatula, so thought I’d post some pics of the making process


Outline sketched


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Blade tension set with a lucky find on eBay of a Starrett tension gauge
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and speed set using the pulleys round the back

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With everything set the cutting could progress
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nice and controllable so could get close to the lines
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then a quick tidy up with a file
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and into the unsophisticated bending jig of a bigger vice ready to be tapped into shape
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the jaws of the vice lining up with the point of the bend and the square helping to make sure the bend is perpendicular
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Where the tapping isn’t the quietest process that step will be saved for when I get workshop time next at a sociable hour.
 

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Bit more progress in the odd 30min gaps over the weekend. Started the bending progress

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First bend added
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Split a block of wood from the box of random pieces accrued over the years
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Quick skim with a plane to smooth off, seems like a rosewood of some description.
Will be adding some g10 lines so cut them to size and then glued up with epoxy and lots of clamps
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Once dried holes drilled for handle bolts and a quick dry fit
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Then shaped the front of the handle as can’t be finished once glued up
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Some work on the blade to add bevels to slide under burgers, and a dirty satin finish added with a random orbit

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Ready for glue up now, will hopefully get some time in the week to continue
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If all goes well just glue up and handle shaping to go
 

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Looks good but I would have preferred the handle to be longer. I like the hair on my knuckles to stay long and not have that singed look. 😊

Pete
 

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