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Project by littlecope posted 09-13-2015 01:44 AM 1620 views 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our new Toaster never seems to pop-up the Bread quite high enough (and English Muffins, forget about it), so I took twenty minutes and threw these together today… Actually saw a pair of these in some department store, but there was no way I was forking over Cash for them!
Nothing fancy, but they should keep us from getting burnt fingers… :)

12 September 2015

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.





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Karson

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#1 posted 09-13-2015 01:53 AM

I’ve made a couple hundred of them. I used a tapered block and glued them. But, don’t use mahogany for the tong piece. I’ve had almost every one of them break when you squeze them together. A great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-13-2015 02:05 AM

Very nice an practical, Mike!! Nice going!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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littlecope

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#3 posted 09-13-2015 08:21 AM

Thanks Karson and Jim…
Karson, deciding what to make the blades out of and how thick they should be took the most time… I chose Pine because I wanted the flexibility of a Softer Wood… The Cherry spacer was cut over-long to begin with, so I could clamp it up in the vise, and test the extension of the blades to see how far up or down the spacer they wanted to be attached…
I thought of gluing it too, but I was hungry! I’ve got a bunch of those little screws left over from Venetian Blind installations and they’re very good for little projects like this…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Lenny

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#4 posted 09-13-2015 09:22 AM

“Kneel Michael.” [Mike goes down on one knee.] Lenny takes out his sword (plastic – sorry, it’s all I have relative to swords) and placing it on each of Mike’s shoulders says: “I dub thee Michael, Master of Innovaton.”

P.S. You MUST have been hungry…I see witness marks still on the cherry spacer!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#5 posted 09-13-2015 11:19 AM

Our toaster is the same way! Gotta get past the ‘I’m gonna make some toaster tongs.’ stage to where you are in the ‘I did it.” stage…someday. Nice job, Mike. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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lew

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#6 posted 09-13-2015 01:49 PM

Great project, Mike!

Anytime you can fill a need and not have to spend any money you know you have a winner!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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leafherder

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#7 posted 09-13-2015 01:49 PM

Great job! My mom bought a set of these at the high priced kitchen shop, she loves them. I was like “I could have made those for free!”

-- Leafherder

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doubleDD

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#8 posted 09-13-2015 03:43 PM

These are rather cool. Maybe I’m just use to having burnt fingers. I will make a pair.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Chris McDowell

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#9 posted 09-13-2015 07:07 PM

Very nice solution!

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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#10 posted 09-13-2015 11:17 PM

Great looking toaster tongs! I made a pair awhile back, and they definitely keep your fingers from getting burnt!

-- Dean

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littlecope

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#11 posted 09-13-2015 11:54 PM

Wow!
I never expected much response to this simple, thrown-together thing (posting it at all, as a Project, was an afterthought)
Thank You all very much!

Lenny: Truly, I am not worthy Sir… Yes, I was very hungry indeed but if it’s any excuse, the witness marks you’re referring to are actually from a previous Project that were already on the scraps used to make this! :)

Candy: A couple thin pieces and a spacer block (attach the pieces to the block), that’s all it is… Sometimes getting the gumption to go do something can be the hardest part though (Do I ever know that!)

Lew: My “Yankee Thriftiness” (read: Cheapness) agrees with you whole heartedly… But there is something to be said for simply “providing for your own” needs or wants (The “Rugged Individualist” portion of the Yankee psyche)...
I shan’t finish it in anyway because, in a few years, they will develop their own patina and wear marks from use (Who knows? Maybe they’ll help un-clog a Drain or something someday!)

Leafherder: Too bad your Mom didn’t come to You first my Friend! They would be the best pair she ever owned, because her Son had made them… :)

Dave: I have no doubt that yours’, when you make them, will be a much better set! Have Fun! :)

Chris:Thank You Sir, but there was really nothing to it… :)

Dean: Debbie burnt herself pretty good with the first slices she put in, and I was having trouble with it too… But not anymore!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Karson

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#12 posted 09-14-2015 01:18 AM

I recommend finishing them with some olive oil. Because over time they might get caught up in the environment that they are used (butter). And then they will be splotchie.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#13 posted 09-14-2015 10:31 AM

Whats wrong with just using a pair of tongs from the drawer?

-- Regards Robert

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littlecope

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#14 posted 09-14-2015 11:12 AM

I took your advice Karson and rubbed some Olive Oil in…

You can be the Judge, but they do look better I’m thinking…

Robert: The Owner’s Manual for the Toaster is pretty explicit about sticking Metal into the Toaster (and the possible electrocution that may result) and also recommends against using Plastic (it can Melt onto the Toaster)...
A Wooden Pair fits the bill perfectly!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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HillbillyShooter

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#15 posted 09-14-2015 04:38 PM

Very nicely done!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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