When I go to the lumber yard I’m always amazed at the price of wood. When I finish a project and look at my scrap pile I think to myself that’s probably 50 bucks right there, and being cheap I can never make myself throw any of it away except for the smallest pieces. With scrap lumber piling around the shop I’m always looking for projects to use my scrap on. I had some long skinny pieces of cherry sitting in the shop that were about 3/4″ thick by 7/8″ wide by 4 foot long. I decided that they would be just big enough to make some tongs out of. It’s a really easy project that only take about 10 or 15 minutes to create, and the wife loves them.
I decided to make my tongs 9″ so I made a mark 9″ from the end of the piece of cherry. I also made a mark 8″ from the end this would form the top of the tongs. The sides of the tongs are 1/8″ thick I made those marks all the way up to my 8″ mark. Next I went to the bandsaw and made a straight cut all the way up to my 8″ mark on both sides. Still at the bandsaw I made a crosscut between the two bandsaw cuts to cut out the center of the tongs. I wanted to make the top curved so I finished up at the router table with a 1/2″ straight bit. I used the long piece as a handle while I was using the bandsaw and the router table so I didn’t cut it off at 9″ until I was ready to sand. After a little bit of sanding the tongs were finished. I decided not to put any finish on them, but if you do decide to put finish on them remember to use a food safe finish such as mineral oil.
-- Scott, Georgia