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Turning a Kitchen Spatula.

"Hard to believe, but every cook's dream.
They just do not know it yet."

I like to use a spatula in the kitchen. Wooden spoons are great for lifting things, but for general cooking they are poorly designed. Most spoon handles are simply turned dowels and uncomfortable to grip and use. A well made and carved spoon handle is a treat, but again the blade or usable portion is next to useless. It touches a minuscule portion of the bottom or sides of a bowl and does not really stir well. In a frying pan it is a disaster.
Enter the spatula. Made of wood it is safe for all cooking surfaces. With a strong and comfortable handle it is easy to use and can be utilized for everything from stir frying to mixing bread dough. I have tried the type that Richard Raffan demonstrates in his project video and book and I do not like it for the kitchen. I think this design is more comfortable. Your opinion may vary. wood turning spatula image
I start with a log and resaw a series of 3/4" boards about 11 to 12 inches long and at least 2 1/2" wide. woodturning spatula image
On these I draw a pattern of the final spatula. Note the pattern lying on the pile. I make patterns or story boards for any objects of which I turn a fair amount. There is a hole in the pattern for hanging on the wall. pattern technique
Then back to the bandsaw and I cut them out. Ensure that the blade is 90 degrees to the table. It establishes a right angle for the next resaw. bandsaw cut one
I am left with a pile of scraps, most of which can be used for small turnings or other projects. bandsaw scraps
And a pile of blanks. project blanks
Using a marking gauge, I leave a line 1/4" in on each side of the blade. marking for lathe
At the band saw I cut the waste off of the sides. I think this is a dangerous cut but I have done this so many times I am not sure. Always be aware of where the blade will go if you slip and keep your hand out of there. I have made holding jigs for this in the past and they are a waste of time and effort. bandsaw cut two

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