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Project by hairy posted 06-06-2010 07:57 PM 1997 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love cooking as much as I enjoy eating. I made these kabob skewers yesterday, and got to try them out today. I’m not psychic, but I predict more of these in my future.

I remember seeing people in Thailand cooking chicken satay skewed on 3 sticks, and got to thinking. This is what I’ve come up with so far. I’ll keep playing around with it.

The skewers are stainless steel. I had the 2 big ones in the walnut handle, and purchased the smaller ones at Kroger’s. That’s a local grocery store chain. The big ones are much easier to work with, especially when it comes to installing them in the handles. Skinny ones flex, and could be kinked if you’re not careful.

If you try this, file the points on the skewers first. The way they make them leaves a jagged point. It’s like more people get hurt with a dull knife than a sharp one.

I used walnut and cherry, it’s what I had laying around. These will get a lot of use, so I only sanded to 150 and used mineral oil for easy maintenance.

The walnut handle is 1 & 3/4” x 8 & 1/2”, 23 ” overall, The cherry handles are 1 & 1/2” x 7 & 1/2”, 18” overall.

Again, not much imagination went into handle design, but it functions well. The cove shape makes it adjustable so any size hand can find the sweet spot that fits.

One last rambling: Squirt some vanilla extract on fresh pineapple, and shake on a mix of sugar and cinnamon when cooking. Enough said.

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...





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hairy

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#1 posted 06-06-2010 08:00 PM

I forgot all about the rack I use to get my gas bottles filled.

I made it to fit between the tailgate and the wheelwells on my pickup. Your size will vary.

It’s dadoed and screwed together. It makes hauling gas bottles very safe.

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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Mary Anne

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#2 posted 06-06-2010 08:05 PM

Brilliant idea!!! I enjoy making kabobs too, but it can be a pain grabbing them with tongs and everything shifting around on a single skewer. I can see some of these in my very near future, too.
Thanks!! :)

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dustynewt

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#3 posted 06-06-2010 08:15 PM

Cool skewers! I’ve never seen the double prong type. Makes sense. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Peace in Wood ~ http://dustynewt.com/

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#4 posted 06-06-2010 08:41 PM

Very cool! I would like to make some of these. Thanks for the vanilla extract suggestion. We have enjoyed grilled pineapple with sugar and cinammon for some time, but the vanilla sounds like a great addition.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Cher

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#5 posted 06-06-2010 08:49 PM

Thanks for posting, these are interesting and practical.

Thanks for the cooking tip.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#6 posted 06-06-2010 09:05 PM

cool tools hairy ! enjoy

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

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#7 posted 06-06-2010 09:29 PM

Cool job

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#8 posted 06-06-2010 09:55 PM

Looks like you are getting ready for a LJ BBQ. When should we come?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 06-06-2010 10:13 PM

Thats a great idea. How did you fit the skewers into the handle? Did you just drill and glue?

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hairy

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#10 posted 06-06-2010 10:41 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments!

I held the handle in a wood screw clamp. made sure it was plumb with the drill bit in the drill press. I drilled a scrap block to put over the skewers other end. You can tap them in with a mallet, or tighten them in a parallel clamp. The scrap block maintains the spacing at the other end. I used CA glue to keep them in place in the handle.

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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#11 posted 06-07-2010 12:57 AM

Your pineapple recipe sounds interesting. I’ll have to try it.

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#12 posted 06-07-2010 02:36 AM

Great idea. I may have to try a few of these myself for this year’s grilling season.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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leroy49

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#13 posted 06-07-2010 02:42 AM

Great job. Is it just me or does the photo of the skewers on the grill seem a bit odd? Almost like the photo looks fake?

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#14 posted 06-07-2010 02:51 AM

It is a bit odd, my grilling always has a lot more black on it :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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hairy

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#15 posted 06-07-2010 02:58 AM

It’s you, leroy. That was lunch for me & the Mrs. today. I like a little carbon once in a while.

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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