Woodcraft Chopsticks

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Project by lew posted 06-08-2013 08:50 PM 1793 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The June/July issue of Woodcraft Magazine had a bunch of neat projects. Tried my hand at one of them. These were made from Walnut and Maple. The author used Bloodwood for the spline. For mine, I used African Blackwood and red fiber material that is used to dress up knife scales.The entire project was glued with Titebond III. It might have been a little more contrast if I had used 2 red and 1 black section in the spline but I wasn’t sure about the overall strength of the red fiber material. The little rests are made from Sapele. Everything has several applications of mineral oil.
Thanks for looking!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#1 posted 06-08-2013 08:55 PM

Those are great. Nice work. I love niche woodworking.

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#2 posted 06-08-2013 09:17 PM

very cool! Any photos or comments about the process? They arent turned—-but I know some chopsticks are round…but that would be pretty thin to put a chisel too on a lathe…

love the splines…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 06-08-2013 09:18 PM

Actually in the close up shot I really like the red in the middle and think the black stands out fine! Not as easy to see in the wider photo.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 06-08-2013 09:33 PM

Neat Lew,
I made some chop sticks many years ago, but not this nice.

And my, those would make really small rolling pins.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 06-08-2013 10:16 PM

How can you tell which set is for which hand?.......(-:

Actually spent two years in Taiwan, and the table challenge was picking up oily cashews with your chopsticks. That is pretty close tolerance work…......nice job.

I have another one of my screwy projects to post, a bookcase mounted charging station. Actually works quite well. But your chopsticks are a lot prettier!!!

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 06-08-2013 10:29 PM

These are beautiful. I really like the splines. They really dress the “sticks” up. Great job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#7 posted 06-08-2013 10:36 PM

Lew: A great project, nice job.

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

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#8 posted 06-08-2013 10:42 PM

Thanks for this post, sushi tonight!

Good looking chop sticks but I would only use them at home because I wouldn’t want to lose them.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#9 posted 06-09-2013 12:27 AM

Awesome! These have to go on my project list…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 06-09-2013 12:32 AM

Hey Lew, what happen to the Damascus blade?.

Cute work, love the inlay detail.

Chopsticks never get dulled

-- Back home. Fernando

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#11 posted 06-09-2013 11:33 AM

Those are very kool, Lew. I’d probably starve if I had to use these to eat… lol plus, I can’t eat ice cream with these…

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#12 posted 06-09-2013 01:56 PM

so wow lew, now were moving away from pizza and headed for the orient, which is fine with me, i love it all….i will have to try my hand at making some now…will have to see what i can come up with, these are really nice inspiration.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 06-09-2013 02:36 PM

Josh- Thanks!

Matt- Thanks! The taper was done on a belt sander and finished off by hand.

Steve- Thanks! I also use them to roll out the little paper fortunes to put into the cookies!!

Jim- Thanks! The ones on “top” are for the right hand the lower ones are for soup ;^) I like the information about the cashews- I learned to use them on Planters peanuts! Looking forward to seeing the bookcase!

Jay- Thanks!

Karson- Thanks!

OldNovice- Thanks!

Steve- Thanks! Hope you post yours when they are finished!

Fernando- Thanks! Actually planning a box to store the knives. May have to make a Chopstick section in it ;^)

Roger- Thanks! Ice Cream and Soup are pretty tough using these!

Bob- Thanks! I could never leave my first love- Pizza!! Looking forward to seeing the Grizzman version. I know they will be awesome!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#14 posted 06-11-2013 12:27 AM

Thanks everyone for the views and making this get to the “Daily Top 3”!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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