|Project by vipond33||posted 05-18-2012 02:58 AM||4375 views||37 times favorited||36 comments|
When you walk into a Japanese restaurant, ideally, you want the sushi chef to take one look at you, quietly put away yesterday’s fish and reach for the ones that were swimming that morning. For you’re either really rich or he saw that you really mean business, that you came here to eat and nothing says it better than your own handmade chopsticks in an elegant wooden carrying case.
I made three of these at Christmas, gave two away as gifts and gave one up to be put in a charity silent auction. The cause was in aid of children with mental disabilities and it fetched $200 so I was pleased for them.
I had as a model for this easy build a box made some years before,
a little plainer perhaps but with some lovely lacquered sticks. Materials are qtrsawn mahogany with a subtle flake, equally fine grained Douglas fir and Macasser ebony for the rests and the little feathers.
The chopsticks themselves are pretty easy to make with an inclined rest and a sharp plane, for you’re always working downhill and the ebony rests too are a snap with a drum sander. Fiddle to your hearts content – contemplate the shape.
The hardest part was the finger pulls in that miserable fir and you only get once chance before you ruin a perfectly good lid blank. A scary, scary sharp forstner bit (tip removed) running screaming fast in the drill press snugged up quill and phew, done.
The finish is minimal, some sweet oil and wax.
11 1/2” x 1 7/8” x 61/64”
About 9 hrs.(3)
Build on LJ’s.
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