|Project by dlmckirdy||posted 01-13-2011 02:38 AM||2531 views||6 times favorited||3 comments|
I got a new 14” Bandsaw for my birthday, so my wife said I had to be productive with it for CHRISTmas. I had seen a pair of Salad Tongs made on “Woodworking for Mere Mortals” (SteveinMarin). I made a prototype with a few changes from Steve’s out of some clear white colored Poplar, which were a hit with all our family friends. They were so well liked, after seeing and handling them, that I made 8 pairs as gifts (3 Tigerwood as in the first photo, 2 Pulpleheart as in the second photo, 1 QS White Oak as in the third photo, 1 Cherry, and 1 of Tulipwood as in th fourth photo), with requests for three more (Walnut, Cherry, and Bloodwood. They were all finished with Watco Butcher Block Sealer.
My oldest daughter loves the color purple, so she got the first set out of Purpleheart. My other daughter has as many of her kitchen appliances and utencils in red as shee can find. I bought some Bloodwood, but decided that was not bright enough. Then Eric at Bell Forest Products called me back and said he had found a 4/4”x2 1/4”x24” piece of all red tulipwood (no yellow streaks at all). I resawed it to 1/2” and glued it into a 5” wide piece, which I used to make the salad tongs with. I believe that this is the pretiest pair.
-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!