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post #1 of 4 Old 03-23-2018, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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Making a new handle - bakelite replacement

I have some rather old stainless steel cookware that has what I think are bakelite handles. They are degrading, one has broken; I'm sure the others aren't far behind. I can't find replacements, but it looks like it wouldn't be too hard to shape a new one if I could find the right material. The material would have to be able to be shaped with carbide woodworking tools, but be strong enough to support the weight of the pot. I was thinking about Delrin, but I'm not sure it's ridgid enough.
You guys always come up with good ideas. One more, please....

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I've never heard of Delrin but from what I can see it is already being used for pot and pan handles. It's also used to make gears and bolts so it should be pretty strong.
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was in same boat, and accidentally visited a store and mentioned the poor handle quality. the lady gave me an address, and now we have all new handles for a few bucks each. would help to know the brand.
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So does the handle bolt on the side of the pot? If so then you probably could use some kind of hard wood that has good water resistant properties such as Tzalam which has a very tight end grain. I'm thinking maybe drill and tap a hole for the bolt and add some epoxy in the hole for good measure..

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