Meat Shredders (set of 5)

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Project by sras posted 11-09-2020 06:46 PM 1257 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of those projects. A fun idea that I wanted to share. If I had taken more pictures I could have put together a nice blog. If I had pictures of the finished project I could post a project. I finally dug out the one set we have and took some pictures of that. I’ll never have all 5 at once so go with pictures of one.

This my personal take on a common tool for preparing things such as pulled pork. (photo from

I spent several days building various prototypes to get an idea of the best shape.

Once I had the shape, I built a template using my router trammel.

I laminated pieces of cherry on top of a maple board. The cherry pieces have the grain perpendicular to the maple to strengthen the sides of the handle. The board is long enough for 10 handles (5 pairs). I then rough cut the profiles.

Then the template was mounted on the board for final shaping with the router.

Then through the magic of not taking pictures the curved edges get a 1/2” roundover and two bevels are cut into the board. One bevel to thin the handle at the end where the tines go and another to create a face perpendicular to the tines.

The handles are then cut into separate parts (imagine a picture of a bunch of handles – 10 to be exact)

A jig was set up to drill the holes for the tines.

Then 60 tines are cut and shaped and polished from 300 series stainless steel 3/16” rod. Lots of polishing. Lots and lots of polishing.

Did I mention there was lots of polishing? So much polishing…

Since the tines were shaped by hand, they were sorted into groups of similar tip shape and length. And then inserted into the handles. Even though they fit tightly into the handles I used a bit of epoxy in each hole as well.

The handles got a finish of several coats of mineral oil. If I did these again I would probably use a longer lasting finish as they have limited contact with food.

Finally, I made 5 storage boxes. These got a coat of polyurethane.

Did I mention there was lots of polishing? So much polishing…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#1 posted 11-09-2020 07:00 PM

Those are really cool, Steve. How did you secure the tines?

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

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#2 posted 11-09-2020 07:10 PM

Thanks Lew. It was a fun project.

The tines were a snug fit and that would have probably been enough. To be sure, I coated each hole with a bit of epoxy. I’ll update the description.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 11-09-2020 07:38 PM

People who don’t make Q probably have no idea what these are or how they are used.

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#4 posted 11-09-2020 08:02 PM

Yep BRD that would be me then

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 11-09-2020 08:19 PM

Good point BRD! maybe I should add a little to the description.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 11-09-2020 09:54 PM

Hey, Steve . . . Nice project. Very nice! . . . But I was wondering . . .

Did it take much to polish the tines?


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#7 posted 11-09-2020 10:23 PM

Making your own plywood (just 2-ply, but still!) and polishing your own tines, Nice work, Steve!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 11-09-2020 10:57 PM

Oh how I love to polish! 8^)

Nice useful kitchen items Steve, live like a bear!

I’d find them handy for intimidating the house cats when they decide to sharpen on my chair.

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#9 posted 11-09-2020 11:00 PM

Yep BRD that would be me then

- robscastle

Me too sir!
I understand what they are for only by the photo with the cooked meat.
I also can appreciate how much work it took to make them, nicely done.
Can’t say I’ve ever seen them before!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#10 posted 11-10-2020 12:01 AM

Neat project, very handy on BBQ days. Job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#11 posted 11-10-2020 12:10 AM

Thanks everyone!

Did I mention polishing? :)

I wish I had pictures of the set up. I clamped my portable drill to the bench, put a tine in the chuck and then worked progressively through sandpaper grits and polish levels. Repeat 60 times.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 11-10-2020 01:55 AM

Cool project Steve, what better way to shred some Q than with a home made claw.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#13 posted 11-10-2020 02:12 AM

Thanks SteveN!

From SteveR :)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 11-10-2020 06:49 PM

Well I am still not 100% on what Q means but that’s OK as its possibly an American term for pork or meat.

I may have to ask Hugh Jackman his opinion.

-- Regards Rob

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#15 posted 11-10-2020 06:52 PM

I have never seen a kitchen tool like this but it certainly will do the job in a hurry .
They look very well made and “polished ” LOL

-- Kiefer

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