Hot-Pipe Bent Salad Tongs

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Project by ChuckM posted 12-22-2012 03:11 PM 1746 views 8 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A propane torch, a round pipe, a pair of pliers and some scrap woods are all that’s needed to make some nice tongs as presents.

For details, please check out the May/June 2009 Fine Woodworking article by Canadian furniture maker Michael Fortune.

Happy Holidays.

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#1 posted 12-22-2012 03:38 PM

Wow, these are pretty neat….. It is a pretty good Idea and totally diffrent…..

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#2 posted 12-22-2012 04:45 PM

Make me want to order some salad. Nice job.

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#3 posted 12-22-2012 05:45 PM

very cool! i am going to make some of these. Thanks!!!

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#4 posted 12-22-2012 06:11 PM

A unique project ,nice work.

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#5 posted 12-23-2012 12:17 AM

That is a nice set of utensils ,well done with steam and heat.
Yes I recently read that article and made a hot pipe just to try but had no success and blame the lumber I used but will give it another go soon .

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#6 posted 12-23-2012 12:55 AM

Thanks for all the comment.

Kiefer: You didn’t say what kind of failure it was. But yes, the choice of lumber and grain is a factor for success. Another factor is how long the piece has been soaked in water beforehand. Try 6 to 10 hours or more…walnut is a good choice of wood, too. Padauks are harder to bend and easier to scorch if you rush the process. Finally, use thinner woods if you plan to bend sharper curves.

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