|Project by tyvekboy||posted 02-16-2016 01:30 AM||1625 views||34 times favorited||21 comments|
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