Salad Tongs

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Project by Tim Pursell posted 04-21-2009 12:32 AM 6656 views 29 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve seen simmilar tongs around the net & we needed a new set for home so after one aborted prototype I came up with this design. They worked so well I made a few more sets in Cherry, Maple and Walnut. They are all about 12” long by 2”. For the hinge pin I used a length of heavy gauge bare copper wire & peened the ends, just like the hammered copper hardware on authentic Arts and Crafts or Mission furniture. Like my cutting boards they are finished with food safe mineral oil. I put some up for sale on my Etsy shop ( Thanks for looking


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#1 posted 04-21-2009 12:42 AM

Tim I really like this project, hope you won’t mind if I make a set or two (but not to sell, that’s yours to do.)

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#2 posted 04-21-2009 01:08 AM

Wow Tim, I am right along with rtb…............. My wife would love a set of these.
It appears that to close them, you just open up all the way “back”, and to use them, it appears that
the slots in the handle create kind of a spring action off of the back angle?? I hope I am seeing this right.

any drawings / plans available and I also promise NOT to sell any!!!! this is YOUR creation only and I must say,
a really nice one and unique. Good luck on Etsy !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#3 posted 04-21-2009 01:14 AM

my salad would be proud.. good looking, usefull. good luck on the sales

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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#4 posted 04-21-2009 01:18 AM

I like them too. Think I’ll make some one of these days before Christmas ;-)

-- 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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#5 posted 04-21-2009 04:58 AM

Great looking utensils. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#6 posted 04-21-2009 06:06 AM

Excellent job : )

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#7 posted 04-21-2009 05:57 PM

Nice design and wood choices


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#8 posted 04-21-2009 07:33 PM

Much better than the bamboo ones we bought from Pampered Chef. We love the stuff in your shop!

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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