Salad Tongs for CHRISTmas

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Project by dlmckirdy posted 01-13-2011 02:38 AM 2886 views 6 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got a new 14” Bandsaw for my birthday, so my wife said I had to be productive with it for CHRISTmas. I had seen a pair of Salad Tongs made on “Woodworking for Mere Mortals” (SteveinMarin). I made a prototype with a few changes from Steve’s out of some clear white colored Poplar, which were a hit with all our family friends. They were so well liked, after seeing and handling them, that I made 8 pairs as gifts (3 Tigerwood as in the first photo, 2 Pulpleheart as in the second photo, 1 QS White Oak as in the third photo, 1 Cherry, and 1 of Tulipwood as in th fourth photo), with requests for three more (Walnut, Cherry, and Bloodwood. They were all finished with Watco Butcher Block Sealer.

My oldest daughter loves the color purple, so she got the first set out of Purpleheart. My other daughter has as many of her kitchen appliances and utencils in red as shee can find. I bought some Bloodwood, but decided that was not bright enough. Then Eric at Bell Forest Products called me back and said he had found a 4/4”x2 1/4”x24” piece of all red tulipwood (no yellow streaks at all). I resawed it to 1/2” and glued it into a 5” wide piece, which I used to make the salad tongs with. I believe that this is the pretiest pair.

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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#1 posted 01-13-2011 04:58 AM

I am a big fan of Steve’s work….These salad tongs are great!!! very nice job!!!!!!

- Laney

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi,

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#2 posted 02-21-2017 09:36 AM

These salad tongs are a nice project and I like the design.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 02-21-2017 04:38 PM

I still get requests for them. I have refined the design by making them narrower and thinner. The original design (by Steve Ramsey) would pick up the entire contents of a bowl of salad!

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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