Believe it or not, this started as a joke.
My P.O.S. wooden crepe spreader (what's a crepe spreader? see this) broke while my friend Abby was in town, and our emails for a few days after that involved some significant improvements to the design of the spreader.
I haven't yet made a new crepe spreader, but I'm fairly certain the lathe will be involved (at the very least, the drill press. I mean, come on...). Maybe it should be brass? With its own felt-lined carrying case?And her's:
I want an update on the status of the brass crepe paddle... though I think a wine colored velvet lining for the case would be classier than felt, because after all, crepes are pretty classy themselves. I can just see the weight of the little paddle sinking into a cushy velvet cushion inside a small dark wooden box that closes with a satisfying clump.And who was I to argue?
I set to work on my lathe, and turned out this:
Some important points to note:
The basic idea for the case was to make a wooden box (of mahogany), saw it in half, and attach to two halves with hinges to make a case. This is what it came out looking like in the end:
The box construction is fairly simple - the sides are connected by mitre joints, and the top and bottom just glued on.
The sides were cut to length & mitred on the bandsaw, then cleaned up with a woodplane. The top & bottom were rough cut on the bandsaw, then planed to the correct dimenions, with a nice bevel put on the top with the plane.
I then cut the whole thing down the middle on the bandsaw:
Then I stained the two parts:
It just so happens that my friend Mike Szegedi has a small CNC milling machine that he was kind enough to use to engrave a small brass plaque for the top of the box:
After that was epoxied to the top and the brass hardware put in place, it looked like this:
Now, it was time to put the velvet in. Because I wanted a padded look & feel, I felt some batting was necessary underneath the velvet.
They just slide into the box, and aren't secured except by friction.
That's it! Would I recommend this or suggest that it's an economical way to a high-class crepe spreader? Of course not. Was it fun, and totally worth it to see the look on her face? Damn straight.