|Project by Karson||posted 10-16-2007 02:25 AM||5147 views||56 times favorited||47 comments|
Have you ever burnt your fingers, used a knife, a fork or turned upside down a toaster in order to get out 1) a piece of toast, 2) a Toaster Strudel, 3) an English Muffin or 4) something flaming out of your toaster.
My wife is going to visit her mother this week and she asked me if I had anything to send. She has also been after me to make her a Toaster Tong. She keeps losing hers.
So I went out to the workshop and picked up a couple of pieces of wood. I don’t call them scrap because they are the same size they were when I bought them. a piece of Purpleheart and a piece of Chechen
My mistake the wood is not Chechen but Bocote it wasn’t until I started to cut some more that I realized my mistake. I’m making some more and I’ll show the Chechen ones then.
I also got a couple of piece of wood that I had set aside for making a few pens. A piece of Tiger Maple and a piece of White Oak Crotch wood On top is the original that I started my research with.
The wood is about 8” long (not critical). I resawed 4 sets of Chechen and 5 sets of Purpleheart. They are about 1/8” thick (not critical). That blade was actually running at 3000 ft per minute, and the camera stopped it. Thats neat.
I then cut the Tiger Maple into 1/2” thick strip. The other dimension is 3/4”.
I then cut them about 1 1/4” long so I ended up with a few blocks and some strips of wood.
I sanded the blocks in a taper from 1/2” thick to 3/8” thick.
It was then a matter of gluing the three pieces together. Making sure that the long end of the stick was at the 1/2” end of the block. And clamp. I’m using butcher paper under the glue. The plastic coating on the paper keeps the glue from sticking.
Then glue up them all.
After about 30 minutes I took it back to the sander to true up the glue block end and to round it, I also tapered the end that will go into the toaster, to about 1/16” about 1 – 1/2” back (not critical).
I then took it into the house and put a little Canola Oil on it.
That was cool so I went and got a Bocote one and sanded it and gave it the oil treatment. I rounded the Bocote one a little deeper into the side. I think I like it better.
Now to get the rest done so my wife can take 5 sets to Kansas City for her family and mine.
Could make great Christmas nick-nack gifts.
-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware email@example.com †