Make some salad tongs

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 10-25-2010 12:53 AM 13285 reads 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Many of you already know that I have a second passion besides woodworking: cooking. I love food. I love to eat food. I love to cook food. Basically, I love everything about food and I never met a food I didn’t like.

This project was based upon necessity. Besides soups, I love salads. Dinner salads especially. I had been tossing salads with large spoons for too long; it was time for some proper salad tongs.

If you would like to make these, please download my design. Christmas is right around the corner, you know. These are simple and would make great gifts. Make sure you use a hard wood. I used maple in mine and they worked out great.

As a bonus, I have a 13-year-old son who LOVES food. Here is his video on how to make Chinese Chicken Salad. This salad is to die for! We haven’t included a recipe because you can be as creative as you want with it. Just use the ingredients Wyatt mentions and make it your own.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 10-25-2010 01:34 AM

Most finishes are food safe, it is the solvent that is the problem. Check out the article:

Like the salad tongs.

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#2 posted 10-25-2010 01:40 AM

Cool project, Steve. I couldn’t help but think though that cutting the flat part of the tongs (the tines and outline) would have been really easy on the scroll saw. (Yep! That’s why they call me ‘scrollgirl’) There would be a lot less sanding to deal with. But I do love the project. I love the freehand band sawing too.

Mineral oil is one of my favorite finishes. Safe, inexpensive and works well. As long as you don’t soak the tongs in water or anything like that, the finish should be fine on it.

Great job and great project! (Love the chicken salad too!)

Thanks for another awesome video!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 10-25-2010 01:58 AM

Another cool one Steve.
You’ve given me a bunch of nice projects to make. Thanks.
And thanks to Wyatt for the recipe!

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#4 posted 10-25-2010 03:14 AM

Great gift idea! Thanks so much for posting!

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#5 posted 10-25-2010 03:46 AM

Two great videos that should be prefaced by a “Lower your volume” warning. : )
Keep up the good work guys !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 10-25-2010 03:54 AM

Steve what happened ! You started out looking young and revitalized in the kitchen, then you seemed appear in the workshop and look 30yrs older. Seriously though it is nice of your son and daughter there to let you work in their workshop unsupervised.

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#7 posted 10-25-2010 05:00 AM

Hey Steve, another good one :-) When I saw the opener I thought the same thing I was told about my grandson and I; we were shooting a 200 yard offhand target when he was 14 or 15. I hit closest to center and he was 2nd. I have a reputation of being a good offhand shot (locally, anyway ;-)) ) One of the guys said, “Oh no, now there will be two of you to contend with ;-))

BTW, the 2nd video of you son isn’t showing up.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 10-25-2010 09:34 AM

Hi Steve.

Nice job, buddy. As usual, your video was informative and entertaining.

One suggestion on the band sawing; use double sided tape to hold a small block to the back of the tongs. This will stabilize the work and make it easier to get the cuts perpendicular to the edge.

We should swap recipes some time. I’ve had some of my originals published.

Here’s an example. It was the first one ever to be published.

Pork in confetti

1 small pork tenderloin cut into bite size slices
1 each of green, red, orange and purple bell peppers, cut into bite size pieces
1 can pineapple chunks, reserve the juice.
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon corn starch
1/4 cup cold water
oil for frying

In a wok or heavy skillet, cook pork until well done. Remove and reserve. Mix corn starch and water and combine with the vinegar, sugar and reserved pineapple juice in the pan and cook over high heat stirring constantly until it reaches the boil. Add reserved cooked pork, pineapple chunks and peppers and heat through. Serve over rice.
NOTE: You may wish to use only half of each bell pepper, especially if they’re large.

The reason for the name is easy when you see the finished dish, as it is very colorful. I came up with it for the wife after she had been to a family wedding back east. It’s one of her favorites now.


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#9 posted 10-25-2010 11:11 AM

I would call the video, ahead to the future. I see your son doing the videos when you can’t anymore. Also Tiny thanks for the recipe also, I will have to give it a try.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#10 posted 10-25-2010 01:46 PM


...just leave the mineral oil under the sink and once a month when you oil your cutting boards pull out the tongs and give them a refresh. Keeps everything looking nice. My son just turned 14 and he and I love to cook. Our last creation he dubbed $100 Shrimp….oh yea! Great tip with the belt sander between tongs….looks like a new tool purchase…:)


-- Palmer Divide Woodworks--Where steel collides with wood

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#11 posted 10-25-2010 02:01 PM

Hey BT – I am going to try this recipe tonight! It sounds great! I have a nice tenderloin and some red and green peppers and was wondering how to fix them.

See what you started Steve! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#12 posted 10-25-2010 09:53 PM


What would’ve been good for sanding this project is a Handmade Drum Sander for the Drillpress, it would’ve been perfect for the arch and all in the tongs.

Maybe a Small Piece of 1” PVC and make some plugs for the end of it, a Long Lag bolt and some Strips of Sandpaper and Put on some Spray Adhesive to make it stick and chuck it in the Drillpress.

Might work for future Projects.

Great project also btw!


-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner,,, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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#13 posted 10-25-2010 10:22 PM

great vidio Steve and I like the salad tongs very much :-)
thank´s waytt for the recipie even thow I didn´t know how to translate it to Danish ….LOL
but it sure looks good
he has realy become a good vidioproducer now and you realy benefit of it
ceep up the good work both of you

take care

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#14 posted 10-26-2010 12:51 AM

As always a pleasure to watch. I’m glad we were able to see your son making some salad as well, he reminded me on someone in a video just above his.

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#15 posted 10-26-2010 07:52 PM

Hello Steve

Good project and good videao as the others

I ‘ve appreciated the finish ” Bon appétit”

I like food also
In France we all love eating

“Bon appétit” before eating

“Bonne santé ” or ” A la vôtre ” before drinking

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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