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Feb 15, 2015

This project was inspired when I was on vacation in North Carolina in July of 2015. We were in a gift shop and saw what was called Kentucky Spring Tongs. They were intriguing because of the use of the woods natural spring properties. I also liked it because these tongs store flat. This is similar to what we saw in the gift shop …

This design required bending the wood so I redesigned it to eliminate the steam bending. I also thought it was too plain so I added “fingers” to mine.

Each “arm” measures about 12 inches long and the handle portion measured about 1-1/8 inches wide and 1/4 inch thick. These were rough cut and stuck together with double stick tape.

Using a template I traced the final shape and cut both sides at the same time. Also using a scroll saw 2 kerfs were cut about 6 inches from the pivot end leaving 3 “spring arms” approximately 3/8 inches wide and 5 inches long.

Then the double stick tape was removed.

On the pivot end of these tongs, 1 inch was cut off. On one half of the tong, 1 inch was cut off the 2 outside “springs”. On the other half of the tong, 1 inch was cut off the middle “spring”.

These little 1 inch pieces were then rounded on each end and glued to the opposing arms. I had to be careful to glue these little pieces on the correct side of each of the tong arms as shown above.

Since I was making several of these for gifts a jig was made so that a hole could be drilled for the pivot pin in both arms at once. I chose to use a brass rod for my pivot pin and the hole was sized to make it a snug fit.

After the hole was drilled a brass rod was inserted. The ends of the spring arms were also rounded as shown.

Then the outside corners were also rounded.

The finished end looks like this.

To finish the project several coats of mineral oil were applied and a care and use instructions were added.

To use these spring tongs all you do is take one arm of the tongs and move it 360 degrees around the pivot as shown in the sequence of pictures above.

Hope you enjoyed seeing how these are made.

Thanks for looking. Comments and favorites appreciated. Questions welcomed.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#1 posted 02-16-2016 01:39 AM


A project and a blog together. Nice wood!

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#2 posted 02-16-2016 01:58 AM

Sneaky hinge setup Alex self opening when in use but flat for storage .
Nice deign too my compliments .


-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 02-16-2016 03:42 AM

These are very nice, so much better than the ones I made, I copied a manufactured one. Next time I will use your idea.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 02-16-2016 04:20 AM

Very funny shape. Now you just have to prepare some good salad.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 02-16-2016 05:28 AM

You’ve beat me to it. I saw these in NC as well and had plans to make some.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#6 posted 02-16-2016 06:46 AM


You’re on a ROLL!

What a COOL, Unique, pair of salad tongs!

All Right!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#7 posted 02-16-2016 12:50 PM

Nice design, I like these.

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#8 posted 02-16-2016 01:03 PM

Very cool, Alex!

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 02-16-2016 01:42 PM

Well done. I like it best without the bend too, and the wider ‘finger tongs’ also make sense.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 02-16-2016 01:54 PM

Hmmmm, these could prove to be quite useful in my house. Thanks for sharing !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#11 posted 02-16-2016 02:04 PM

Great job Alex. We have a set of these that were a gift from Washington state. Now that I look at them very closely, I can see that little pieces were glued on to create the spring-action just as you describe.

Thank you for the detailed description of your process. I see giving some salad tongs as gifts in my future!

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#12 posted 02-16-2016 02:07 PM

Nice project Alex, and of course useful.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#13 posted 02-16-2016 04:45 PM

I like that!

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#14 posted 02-16-2016 07:21 PM

We just broke our plastic tongs. Your post came just at the right time Alex. Thanks!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#15 posted 02-16-2016 08:05 PM

Really nice and well thought out. Thank you for the how-to pics. Now I will have to make some.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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