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Pans & Grandpa Aaron

November 30th, 2009

Man, We’re Old

Someone suggested I fix my dubious Lodge skillet by machining it. I have considered that, but I would have to be able to mount it on my rotary table, and that would be a pretty good trick. The table is not as wide as the skillet, so I’d have to put a plate on it, and the plate’s thickness would have to be extremely uniform. If it weren’t uniform, I’d get a skillet that wasn’t uniform. Which is what I already have.

Not sure what to do about that.

The plate would also have to be perfectly flat and very rigid.

I’m going to try to get a couple of bigger Griswold skillets. Now that my bone-filled head has accepted the time-honored wisdom about cleaning skillets with salt and a spatula, I am not as reluctant to use them as I used to be. I’d go ahead and use the Lodge, but one side gets hotter than the other due to the varying bottom thickness.

Hmm…maybe I should boil a little water in one of my Griswolds and make sure they don’t have this problem. If they heat unevenly, I have less motivation to get more of them.

You can get Griswolds fairly cheap on Ebay, but if you get picky about features, the cost goes up. And the bigger skillets can be extremely expensive unless you get lucky. One thing I can say about them: you only pay once. I’m buying used items that are up to 70 years old and nearly like new.

I want one or two more matching skillets before I give up and go cheap. I think the size 13 jobs (and whatever comes after them) will have to remain an unrealized dream. If I paid over $300 for a skillet, I’d have to have myself institutionalized to find out why. The big ones can cost that much.

I’m really looking forward to church this week. It’s the first week of the month, so we’ll be having Breakthrough Wednesday. This is a fantastic service. It’s not as regimented as the regular services. There are tables up front and in the back for communion, and there are people available to pray for you. The worship is very intense. I love it.

I’m going to be an “armorbearer,” which means I’ll be helping the church out as needed. One of my duties will be to put on a two-way radio and wander around keeping an eye on things. I had to buy my own “surveillance set,” which is what they call the microphone and the earpiece with the squiggly cord that runs up your neck. The church has radios, but the surveillance sets have a way of vanishing. I think people just don’t want to share them, which is understandable. I sure don’t want to. Yech.

God has been so kind to me, helping me to find purpose in life. Works don’t get you into heaven, but they help determine what heaven is like for you, and besides, they allow you to express your love for other people and your gratitude for God. I’m way behind, so any opportunity he gives me is appreciated.

Speaking of God’s kindness, Aaron just had a grandson! Unbelievable! I’ll be praying his mom recovers fast, and that he has a life of blessings and righteousness. Perhaps you will join me.

Another thing you might want to pray about: reader Dave Rodenborn lost his African grey parrot, Splint. The poor little guy wasn’t trimmed correctly, and he managed to fly out Dave’s front door. Dave is in California, so the weather shouldn’t be too hard on Splint. Many greys are recovered; they don’t like to fly far in the first month. I truly hope Dave gets another chance. Nothing is worse than knowing your mistake harmed your pet.

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7 Responses to “Pans & Grandpa Aaron”

  1. pbird Says:

    Are you familiar with Erie skillets. They can be very fine too. I have some really nice ones made by Erie. I buy them for a couple bucks at garage sales. Male descendants of old ladies sometimes don’t know what they are worth.

  2. Steve B Says:

    I currently reading a book called, “The Ten Commandments of Working in a Hostile Environment,” by T.D. Jakes.

    It really hits on “blooming where you’re planted” and finding God’s purpose in your circumstance. It seems to hit home a lot more to me than the “Purpose Driven Life” ever did. It really gels with a lot of stuff I’ve already been figuring out about being faithful through both adversity AND success!

    Haven’t finished it yet, but so far I’d give it a “highly recommended.”

  3. Wormathan Says:

    Steve B, I have been learning that lesson too. It looks like the company I just joined in October, after 6 months of unemployment, is going through a rough time and I will likely be sent packing again. I am not worried. A little anxious about the details sometimes, but I saw what God did for me this summer and I know He has a plan. Even my wife is calm and expectant for something better.

    Either way He is God and He gets my praise.

  4. HTRN Says:

    Why do you need the rotary table? Just double stick tape it down to the table, and take a light cut. When you get to the intersection of the sides, stop. move up a little, and then crank over till you get comfortablely close to that intersection, then repeat. Finish off with a Palm sander with 120 grit to blend it all together.

  5. Steve H. Says:

    “Why do you need the rotary table?”
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    Because it’s round, and I don’t want to butcher it.
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    “Just double stick tape it down to the table’
    .
    Are you saying double-sided tape will hold a skillet in place for a fly-cutter? I don’t think I want to be in front of it while I experiment.

  6. HTRN Says:

    Steve, The double stick tape method works surprisingly well, you just have to take very light cuts – maybe 10 thou at a time. I’ve used it to mill thin aluminum plate, because clamping in a vise would bow it, and we didn’t have a vacuum plate. just remember to flatten the bottom FIRST, as the flat bottom will allow more contact with the tape. It’s a fairly popular technique with small CNC routers.

    And tape isn’t the weirdest work holding method out there – go google “freeze chuck” for a real shock.

  7. Steve H. Says:

    I got some other input about this, because I pictured a skillet and a sharp cutting tool flying at me at a hundred miles an hour, and I found out you were right on the money. Thanks for the tip.
    .
    What I need now is to determine where the irregularities in the pan are, and where the cutting should be done. It’s not simple. I don’t think a repair is worth it unless the pan can be machined from inside.