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post #1 of 17 Old 03-21-2020, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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this is a test model - made from scrap Walnut. Later on tomorrow (hint: after breakfast) I'll post a photo of it in use :-)

if it works as well as I think it will, I will make a more refined version.
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post #2 of 17 Old 03-22-2020, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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Its a holder for the probe of an electronic thermometer, here its being used as I fry up some small apple fritters
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Any project that involves Walnut is a good project! Good job.

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Well - its a partial fail - the heat or moisture from the cooking of the apple fritters caused the slot to widen by flexing and thus the screw let go of the probe and the drop dropped - so the probe's tip touched the base of the saucepan (at least I think it did). In practice, it may still work OK - I will have to check more closely next time.

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If the height of the probe doesn't have to be adjustable I suggest drilling a hole for the shaft of the probe rather than trying to clamp it.
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If the height of the probe doesn't have to be adjustable I suggest drilling a hole for the shaft of the probe rather than trying to clamp it.
that only woks if I can get a correct friction fit, the probe shaft wont flex and Walnut doe snot give much if at all!

I want to keep the tip of the base of the saucepan, hence the screw-clamp.

I will thru-bolt across the slot as an interim fix.

The Mark 2 version will not have the slot. (or the slot will be much thinner)

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Any project that involves apple fritters is a good project!


Instead of the slot you could drill a hole vertically then halfway down drill a hold horizontally to intersect. Then use a brass bolt with a knurl or a knob or a wing for finger tightening, round over the end so it's smooth and won't hurt the side of the probe. You could probably tap directly into that walnut for something as low torque as this.
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Instead of the slot you could drill a hole vertically then halfway down drill a hold horizontally to intersect. Then use a brass bolt with a knurl or a knob or a wing for finger tightening, round over the end so it's smooth and won't hurt the side of the probe. You could probably tap directly into that walnut for something as low torque as this.
And that's how it will be :-)

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I'd be more inclined to clamp it. Drill a hole exactly the diameter of the probe, make a thin slot in the wood starting at the end of the holder parallel and just to the front of the hole. Then use a small thumbscrew and nut type device (use your imagination as to how to secure the nut solidly) in a hole drilled perpendicular to the slot. The squeezing action will securely hold the probe the entire length of it to prevent damage.

Those probes are very thin tubing with a couple of not much more than hair size thermocouple wire. I would not directly push on the tube with a mechanical device like a screw for fear of crushing or deforming it.

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Thanks. I am going to look on utube for Apple Fritters. Never had or seen here in the UK.
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Thanks. I am going to look on utube for Apple Fritters. Never had or seen here in the UK.
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I used the Foodwishes.com method. IT on Youtube and on the blog. I scaled it down for two old adults.

APPLE FRITTERS
MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE SPARKLING APPLE CIDER (buy a 4-pack of small bottles, one small bottle does two sessions)
Makes 8 -11 small fritters – have ingredients at room temperature overnight
Start the cooking oil warming in a small saucepan and monitor with digital BBQ thermometer, set alarm to 350 deg F
Blend these Dry ingredients
½ cup + 3 Ts flour
¾ tspn baking powder
¼ tspn salt
½ tspn cinnamon
1/8 tspn ginger
1/16 tspn grated nutmeg
1/8 cup sugar

NEXT
1 Granny Smith apple cut into bits and sautéed in 1Tbs butter
Add 1 Tb BROWN sugar at the last minute
(optional - Lastly Add extra Tbs butter and mix well)
THIRD
Combine dry ingredients with warm apples
Add: ¼ cup + 1+ Tbsps Sparkling Apple Cider
Add extra apple cider as needed to the batter. (last time no extra was needed)
Do NOT make batter too stiff.
COOK in 2” of oil at 350 (max) deg F (drop batter into oil using a pair of spoons), about 2 min per side
Use the ice cream scoop – (not the large one) – do 34 at a time on small burner on LOW-PLUS 2 marks (bring oil up to temp on Simmer while doing food prep). Cook 3 at a time is best.
Use the digital BBQ thermometer to monitor the oil temperature
Glaze to drizzle over: icing sugar, cinnamon, apple cider (or hot water) – mix in small bowl with back of soup spoon.. Do not make too thick.
1 cup = 16 tablespoons
Use the “18/8” mechanical spoon !!! It makes around 11 small fritters
(the “40” spoon makes 9 larger fritters)

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Many thanks, I will enjoy drinking the cider!
We try not to use open pans for frying. Too many severely burnt children. Amanda Holden nearly killed as as a child. We use an enclose deep fryer.
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I can make a lot of jokes about this project but they will never get past John Smith.

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Many thanks, I will enjoy drinking the cider!
We try not to use open pans for frying. Too many severely burnt children. Amanda Holden nearly killed as as a child. We use an enclose deep fryer.
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no kids in our house, and note that the pot handle points away from front of stovetop

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I can make a lot of jokes about this project but they will never get past John Smith.
Hey Tony, try a few on this Tony (short for Anthony)

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How about drilling a vertical hole in the wood. Then slide a stop collar used for drill bits over the thermometer probe. Then slide the probe through the wood and adjust the stop collar as needed. Stop collars use 2 set screws so they wont damage the probe. Now I want to make Apple fritters. Thanks for the recipe. I can hardly wait to tell friends I made Apple fritters from a recipe off a woodworking forum.
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Update: the distortion at the cut occurred just once, so the widget is being used with a setscrew threaded directly into the hardwood, setscrew bears ever so lightly on the temperature probe. No further mods were necessary.
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