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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 09-19-2021 11:53 AM 1010 views 11 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It seems customers always ask for things you don’t have. This lady asked for a pair of tongs for hot things in the toaster. I told her I’d make them from Osage orange because it is a springy wood that the Indians made their bows out of. So I found a block or Osage orange and it was big enough to make 10 pair. I made 3 and then I had this idea to make a combination tool- tongs and oven rack puller/pusher. Well the next piece had a small crack in it and the tongs broke there.There were more cracks in the remaining block so I threw the rest of the OO into the burn barrel and picked a piece of Koa to make the combo tool. There was enough of the Koa left to make a narrow pair of tongs. too. They are 5/8” thick, 1 1/4” wide and about 9” long.The combo tool is 10” long. I added a 45 degree bevel to all the edges and inside the slot.

I added as few shots of how I cut them out,

They are finished with Danish oil and buffed and waxed.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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#1 posted 09-19-2021 12:26 PM

...... same story with me…. oretty interesting order… Execution too

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 09-19-2021 12:54 PM

Really cool Jim. I’m going to make a pair of these for home. I like the idea of wooden tongs for the BBQ.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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GR8HUNTER

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#3 posted 09-19-2021 01:52 PM

this is a GR8 idea for a common problem GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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recycle1943

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#4 posted 09-19-2021 02:14 PM

cool tools, they’ll be gone before you get a chance to shuffle them around in the shop

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 09-19-2021 03:18 PM

Nicely done, good looking and practical.

-- Ron

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#6 posted 09-19-2021 03:36 PM

That combo tool is a genius pairing Jim. I see wild sales provided you bring enough of them with you.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#7 posted 09-19-2021 03:54 PM

Like that idea with the combination use!

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

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#8 posted 09-19-2021 04:20 PM

Great idea. I like to make those types of things to give as hostess gifts.

Do you think it would be easier to drill a hole at the bottom end of the tong slot with a Forstner bit and then just cut the finger to it instead of making the V cut your are using?

-- Les B, Oregon

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#9 posted 09-19-2021 04:28 PM

Very creative Jim. I gotta try making a few with rear earth magnets.

-- James E McIntyre

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#10 posted 09-19-2021 05:44 PM

i agree with all,i gotta put this on the to do list.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#11 posted 09-19-2021 05:52 PM

This are nice Jim! I need make a few of these! They would make nice gift also! Great idea with the “oven rack puller/pusher”!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#12 posted 09-19-2021 08:25 PM

Jim,

Great idea. Probably will sell a ton of those tongs.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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GR8HUNTER

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#13 posted 09-19-2021 08:48 PM



Great idea. I like to make those types of things to give as hostess gifts.

Do you think it would be easier to drill a hole at the bottom end of the tong slot with a Forstner bit and then just cut the finger to it instead of making the V cut your are using?

- LesB


i think the hole is so they can be hung up :<))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#14 posted 09-19-2021 09:43 PM

Jim, they look great. The one with the slot in the handle, is that the Combo Tool?
Osage Orange is a nice wood. Also interesting to hear History…The Indians Making Bows out of it because it is Springy. I love hearing about those things.

The Danish Oil is a good choice of Finish. Waxed and Buffed they came up really nice.

Regards…...Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 09-19-2021 10:52 PM

Thanks for the nice comments. I hope I sell the rest of them. I may have to make more from various woods.

Hi Les. I guess you could try the hole first. I thought about that but wanted to cut the fingers real straight on the table saw so I went this route because for the second cut, the inner section was not free yet and stabilized the wood for the second cut. A free section may fly out of there with the circular bade running next to it..or you could use a band saw.

Hi James, we think alike. That was my next idea to put a rare earth magnet in the handle to stick it on the side of the stove or microwave to keep it handy!!

Hi Tony, the hole is a hang hole, but I’m liking the magnets idea a whole lot better now.

Hi Cliff. that one with the slot is the combo tool. I tried it and it works the rack in and out just fine.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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