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    A Pig Tail Flipper

    I got two of these kits from Craft Supplies, Greg brought them over from the states when he came to visit, but then I got put in the hospital for the leg infection, so I've not had a chance to get these done.

    I got this wood from my deer hunting buddy, the same guy, and his family are going to Canada with us in a few weeks here. The original thread I posted is >> HERE << about the wood.

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    I started out with a copper straight coupling, I cut it in half and then undercut the on edge, to seat into the handle better, when I pound it on.

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    I then mounted the piece, it is about 4cm square (1 1/2") and is about 10" long.

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    I got the basic shape roughed out

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    I then went to work making the tenon to mount the copper ferrel on

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    After a few tries, I got it to fit snug!

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    I finished shaping the handle

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    I sanded through to #1200, then put several coats of sanding sealer on it.

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    I will put 8 to 10 coats of rattle can lacquer on it too.

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    This is the business end, supposed to be really good for flipping things like steaks etc.

    This wood, rosewood, is a bit chippy, and sure is open grained, but in the end it worked out well, and the handle is sure nice looking. While turning this wood, boy is the smell every spicy.

    I'll be giving this to another buddy this weekend, we are going to his house (on base) for a day of fun and to light up the BBQ and give this thing a test drive.

    Cheers!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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    That looks neat. I have seen those before but didn't know what they were called. Great job and a great gift.

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    I'll be darn....pig tails used for woodworking....

    My pigs got a tail, but it don't flip, it curls......pig makes for good pork steaks too.







    Sorry Stu, I just couldn't resist
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    Good looking piece Stu. I have one and use it a lot cooking on the BBQ.
    Bernie W.

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    I hear a July 4th party in the making!

    Nice piece, Stu. So chippy and open grained? Rosewood seems to be held on such a pedestal by a lot of people. I've never worked with it; I have a carved elephant that an Indian friend gave me. Man is it ever heavy. I imagine it would sink if immersed in water. It appears to be pretty closed grain, but it could be filler, or a different species. Whatever mine is, if yours is anything similar, it'll make a GREAT long-term handle-heavy and durable!

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    That's flippin' awesome Stu.

    Very nicely done.
    Thanks, Mark.

    Custom Bonehead.

    My diet is working good. I'm down to needing just one chair now.

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    Looking Good Stu ... I made one for my son for fathers day and he uses it all the time (he loves to cook outdoors). Got a couple more but have not had time to make the handles yet.

    Tony, BCE '75

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    Looks good, Stu. I've got a couple...one is relatively lightweight, with a wooden handle. (Bought it years before I had a lathe.) The other one is very stout and thick, with a hexagonal aluminum handle. The aluminum-handled one is my go-to flipper.
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    We are heading out to visit my buddy and his family tomorrow, we plan some grilling, chilling and even a few adult beverages

    I got a box made up to hold the Pig Tail Flipper.........

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    Nothing special, just a plywood box, but it should keep the PTF in good condition longer.

    Cheers!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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    Great job Stu.

    We don't use those here though!. In fact this one is the first I've ever seen.
    We use a sort of long tweezers.
    Best regards,
    Toni

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