Exotic Wood Maki Boards & Chop Sticks

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 05-28-2012 11:26 PM 2505 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another one of Mike Pietras’s random bouts of ADD resulted in him spontaneously rigging up a jig and producing chop sticks. We keep referring to this seemingly endless supply of random scraps in our shop! These hand made custom exotic wood chop sticks are a great use of “scrap” material from larger projects. We can provide any custom length and a variety of options for tapering and shaping.

Then came the idea for a complete sushi set! The Maki board is in Shedua with African Bubinga legs, hand turned Brazilian Rosewood bowl and chopstick rest, with Ebony/Anigre capped Bubinga chopsticks. There’s a few exotic woods to chew on!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 05-28-2012 11:43 PM

Kiree na! Eric san

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#2 posted 05-28-2012 11:58 PM

Beautiful work. I like the chop stick’s side storage, very nice.

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#3 posted 05-29-2012 12:47 AM

Very nice! How did you attach the leg runners under the board? Dado? Glue? Do you have to worry about wood movement since the grain is running perpendicular to each other?

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#4 posted 05-29-2012 03:53 PM

Alright, those are cool!

Jayman7, in the second picture it appears that the leg runners are set into dados.

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#5 posted 05-29-2012 09:56 PM

any chance you could post a full on front view and a bottom view? – I am intrigued!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#6 posted 05-29-2012 10:21 PM

Just stunning! Arigato gozaimashita

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#7 posted 05-30-2012 03:46 AM

Yes the legs are in dado’s and glued – IDK if I have a bottom view of it this one is out of the shop already but we have a few more in progress I’ll have to get some photos …

All Waterlox finish …

Will be a little delay – my camera and I took a bit of a mud bath on a 4wheeling expedition. It’s off getting a little R&R (repair and restoration!) ...

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#8 posted 05-30-2012 02:25 PM

Thank you Eric! I would love to see more shots :)

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#9 posted 05-30-2012 05:55 PM

How did you drill the holes long/straight enough to insert the chopsticks?

And how about some more pictures of that fantastic table!!!

-- Imagination opens the gates of the universe. –William Patten

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#10 posted 05-30-2012 06:05 PM

Nice dining set. However, food….......YUCK!

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#11 posted 05-30-2012 11:23 PM

The table will be posted soon – it’s in the finishing stages now – the base is another one of our marbleized concrete creations. This one in an abstract shape. We’re debuting it this weekend at another one of the Hopewell Valley Vineyard Art/Wine shows. Coming out REALLY nice – we got the finish on it without causing it to turn black great contrast coming through.

Unfortunately my good camera and I took a mud bath together while on a 4wheeling expedition so the photos are a bit behind. I hope to have it back before the show this weekend, but doubtful1

I was once a good redneck and thought of raw fish as bait … however once you are properly introduced you realize that cooking certain fish ruins it! – now I love a good smoked salmon, but there is something out a fresh raw rendition that is great.

Tuna can’t be beat as sushi/sashimi – gray tuna comes in a can for .99 cents … and it’s available as cat foot for even less! If you’re gonna cook tuna – save yourself the expense of buying fresh and just get it in a can! Always liked that rare … just a flash sear with a wasabi coating YUM!

The storage holes yeah – tricky. My partner is the crazy one who does those, just drill very slow with a sharp bit. Start w/ a short bit – extend it as you go is what I normally do. Clamp everything in place go very slow.

More of these are coming – some in the same series of wood others in random other exotics. Just as time allows us to make them!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#12 posted 08-29-2012 01:17 AM

That’s beautiful Eric! Perhaps you can answer a question for a new woodworker like myself! I love the dados for the legs. How did you make them at an angle like that? I know…probably a simple solution, but I’ve been racking my brain for a bit trying to figure that one out.

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#13 posted 09-01-2012 07:29 AM

Table saw – set the blade at your angle and depth and keep adjusting the fence to cut the width of the dado then clean it up with a chisel.

Thinking if we keep making these I will have a custom blade made with the teeth set at a 25 degree angle so it cuts a flat bottom groove. What would be really nice is a stacked dado set that has the angles and diameter adjusted to make a flat single cut. But – not thinking we do THAT many of these!

You can also use a router w/ a bevel bit and a dovetail bit and make a few passes.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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