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Offline GoingMyWay

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Reattaching a Wooden Wok Spatula Handle
« on: March 05, 2018, 05:28 PM »
Any suggestions on what sort of adhesive to use to reattach a wooden wok handle to the metal spatula?  The existing adhesive feels some what flexible, almost like silicone or something like that. 



The handle fits rather snuggly into the metal part.  The wooden handle will almost "lock" into the metal if I twist it, but it tends to loosen up and will eventually fall out from actual use.
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Offline neilc

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Re: Reattaching a Wooden Wok Spatula Handle
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2018, 06:58 PM »
Perhaps epoxy?

Offline GoingMyWay

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Re: Reattaching a Wooden Wok Spatula Handle
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2018, 07:02 PM »
Thanks for the reply. 

I've never used epoxy before - only seen on tv.  Doesn't it usually dry very hard?  Is there a specific type of epoxy that I should get?  I was looking for something relatively cheap.  Maybe $5 or less, I didn't want to buy like a $20 adhesive for something as simple as this.
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Offline bkharman

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Re: Reattaching a Wooden Wok Spatula Handle
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2018, 07:10 PM »
Any suggestions on what sort of adhesive to use to reattach a wooden wok handle to the metal spatula?  The existing adhesive feels some what flexible, almost like silicone or something like that. 

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The handle fits rather snuggly into the metal part.  The wooden handle will almost "lock" into the metal if I twist it, but it tends to loosen up and will eventually fall out from actual use.

Super glue and a small stainless steel pin to hold it together.

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Offline Dogberryjr

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Re: Reattaching a Wooden Wok Spatula Handle
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2018, 07:12 PM »
I'd use a bit of fabric tape around the end, then smack the handle in with a mallet.

Offline neilc

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Re: Reattaching a Wooden Wok Spatula Handle
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2018, 07:25 PM »
Thanks for the reply. 

I've never used epoxy before - only seen on tv.  Doesn't it usually dry very hard?  Is there a specific type of epoxy that I should get?  I was looking for something relatively cheap.  Maybe $5 or less, I didn't want to buy like a $20 adhesive for something as simple as this.

They make flexible Epoxy.  See this as an example - two part.  Works on metal, wood, fiberglass. 

https://www.amazon.com/TotalBoat-FlexEpox-Flexible-Epoxy-Adhesive/dp/B01I1PAHXA

Offline lwoirhaye

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Re: Reattaching a Wooden Wok Spatula Handle
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2018, 07:44 PM »
I would use a pin or a screw just cause I have that stuff on hand.   Old socket chisel handles also fall out.  You can pound on them because of how a chisel is made, but it still doesn't solve the problem.  Wood shrinks, becomes oval, or whatever.  It's inevitable.

Offline GoingMyWay

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Re: Reattaching a Wooden Wok Spatula Handle
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2018, 07:58 PM »
Super glue and a small stainless steel pin to hold it together.

Cheers. Bryan.


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I thought about crazy glue, but I thought it would get too brittle.  The pin would be drilled perpendicularly? 

I'd use a bit of fabric tape around the end, then smack the handle in with a mallet.

That sounds super easy - right up my alley!

They make flexible Epoxy.  See this as an example - two part.  Works on metal, wood, fiberglass. 

https://www.amazon.com/TotalBoat-FlexEpox-Flexible-Epoxy-Adhesive/dp/B01I1PAHXA

Thanks for the link - that's pretty pricey, I wanna say more than both the spoon and the spatula cost.

I would use a pin or a screw just cause I have that stuff on hand.   Old socket chisel handles also fall out.  You can pound on them because of how a chisel is made, but it still doesn't solve the problem.  Wood shrinks, becomes oval, or whatever.  It's inevitable.

I don't have any pins on hand.  I do have a variety of screws though.  The wok spoon handle is still attached securely so I think they just didn't put enough adhesive on the spatula.
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Offline Tinker

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Re: Reattaching a Wooden Wok Spatula Handle
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2018, 09:56 PM »
Wood shrinkage has been mentioned.  It looks to me the wok is only sheet metal, or maybe even thicker metal. At any rate, the metal expands with heat.  wood xpands and shrinks depending on temperaure AND humidity.  You have a lot of forces working against each other. I wood think epoxy will work if you get the stuff that does not harden completely when cured.  I have not use epoxy very much, but you might do a little research. I think using a metal pin would not be satisfactory, as the pin will have the same problem as the sheet metal in the wok and with expansion and contraction only the forces will be working 90ยบ in oposition to each other. At the same time, i think the pin wood be coming loose or tight in the wood handle.

I have used wood or metal wedges in axe handles and heavy hammer handles that I seldom use.  Whenever I use one, I always tap the wedges so they don't come loose or the head does not come loose and fly away as I swing the tool. Maybe a tap on the end of your wok handle before each use is all you need.
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Offline GoingMyWay

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Re: Reattaching a Wooden Wok Spatula Handle
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2018, 02:53 PM »
This is just the wooden handle that attaches to the metal spatula, not the wok itself so I don't think the heat and expansion should be that significant or at least much less than the wok itself.   I'm thinking 100% silicone should work pretty well.

I was also interested in attaching a wooden handle to the wok as I've seen other similar woks with metal handle but I wasn't sure where I'd get such a handle or how to attach it.
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