Batman Spatula : The Dark Utensil

The kitchen spatula you need for your late night pre-crime fighting sandwich making.  Made from a $1 spatula with a custom cut claro walnut handle and finished with boiled linseed oil. This is truly the utensil fit for a superhero…

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 I picked up a inexpensive spatula from the local $1 store. The handle was some cheap dyed pine wood secured with equally cheap aluminum pins.

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Knocking out the pins with an awl took all of 30 seconds or so. Next I needed to decide what species of wood to re-handle this with. There wasn’t much debate as the darkest wood I had in the shop was walnut. So walnut it was. I re-sawed a cutoff down to 3/8 of an inch thick on the table saw to reveal some truly exquisite grain!

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Next I printed off a stencil of the Batman logo I preferred and adhered it to the blank with a shot of spray adhesive.

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It should be noted at this point I realize that the metal portion of the spatula wasn’t going to fit into my Batman handle.

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I tried cutting it with a file, but just ended up taking the whole thing to the grinder. Much, much faster!

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Then I could get to the cutting. My band saw skills have progressed considerably since I’ve replaced my blade with a 3/16″ Highland Woodworking blade. I get no money for mentioning them, but I would be remiss not to do shout out for such a nice product.

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Take your time with cutting the design, it will save you considerable sanding time later in the process.
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 The next step was a mystery. I’ve never made a knife or similar implement, so I wasn’t sure when I should epoxy in the metal. I took a guess and figured it should be fine. It was.batman04

The epoxy was a new brand to me, and was just bought off the shelf at Home Depot.  I’ve still not replaced my regular cans of epoxy as I’m hunting for more cost efficient options.batman05

After the glue dried, it was just a matter of sanding. Taking my time on the band saw really reduced the need for sanding. I think I was at it for about 20 minutes or so. It’s hard to be sure, sometimes I loose track of time in the shop when the camera isn’t running.The finish is boiled linseed oil. I think lacquer or shellac would be better choices for a kitchen utensil but I didn’t have either in the shop at the time.

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The handle is much more comfortable than I make out in the video. Truth be told, it actually fits quite nice, but I really, really, really wanted to add that end bit in!

Author: Peter Brown

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2 thoughts on “Batman Spatula : The Dark Utensil

  • February 8, 2016 at 7:17 am
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    Looks great man, would love to win this. Love your videos.

    Gerhard
    South Africa

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