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Project by Karson posted 2461 days ago 4797 views 56 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

A solution.

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 karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †





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David

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#1 posted 2461 days ago

Karson -

Very nice! I always like the detail yo put in your posts. Thanks!

David

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Dan'um Style

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#2 posted 2461 days ago

Great posting and gift idea Karson ! you set the hook !!
Will run down stairs and make one right away. This will be a great x-mas gift idea. Every year we make about 12 fun boxes and put little gifts in them. Silly food, sardines, pickles, knick-knacks etc. In addition to my corn cobs pokes, this year everyone will get toaster tongs.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Karson

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#3 posted 2461 days ago

Dan post your picture here also. It would be great to see everyones variation.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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mot

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#4 posted 2461 days ago

That’s a great idea, Karson. Thanks for the detailed post. I love posted projects that have this sort of description. I usually just hit the eject button and try and catch the toast on the upswing, but your idea looks more practical, more consistent and would prevent the odd smoldering toast burn. Nice!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Dan'um Style

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#5 posted 2461 days ago

First one is two strips of qtr-sawn white oak and a maple insert. Clamped and gluing … just in time for Hero’s ~

Used Rhino glue … my new favorite !! Should be dry when the shows over ….

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 2461 days ago

Hi Karson;

You’ve got some nice toys in your shop!

I meant tools, sorry.

Nice project!

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Karson

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#7 posted 2461 days ago

OK I finished sanding all of the nine sets of toaster tongs.

These are the PurpleHeart, some with oak crotch glue block and some with tiger maple.

And here are the Chechen also with a combination of glue blocks.

And total

Note to self. Purpleheart burns when you sand it. Run each piece over a jointer prior to resawing that strip off. The extra wasted wood is saved in sanding aggravation.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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rebekram

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#8 posted 2461 days ago

They look very nice Dad. I do hope I am seeing a Christmas present early. I will pretend to be surprised!
Love ya!

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Karson

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#9 posted 2461 days ago

Now you’ve blown the surprise. So that’s one less I need to make. LOL You better get your request in for wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Thos. Angle

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#10 posted 2461 days ago

Well, Karson, I think I know what some folks are getting for Christmas this year. I’ve been looking for something that takes about this long. Thanks a heap.
Tom

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Karson

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#11 posted 2461 days ago

All nine done in about 1 1/2 hr.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Dadoo

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#12 posted 2461 days ago

The last time I saw something flaming, it was coming out of my garage!

Pretty slick project Karson! You’ve appeased your mother-in-law and can once again live in peace. For awhile.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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Dan'um Style

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#13 posted 2461 days ago

One done, oilled and photoblog’d

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-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Karson

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#14 posted 2461 days ago

Great Dan. Is the open end big enough to get around a piece of TEXAS Toast?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Dan'um Style

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#15 posted 2461 days ago

I made it EGGO sized. That is what my wife Peggy feeds me every-morning-for-breakfast !!

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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