salad tongs, Alderwood

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Project by Jeffery Mullen posted 07-31-2012 06:44 AM 2427 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wife requested a pare of Salad tongs, so I designed a compound cut band saw pattern then applied the pattern to the hard alder wood and made my compound cuts on the band saw. I used a mop sander that I made my self to get the in between parts of the forks smooth. I sanded the rest down with a palm sander then hand sanded it with 180 grit sand paper for a real smooth touch. I applied mineral oil to them as it is one of the oils you can use safely with food.

Notice the 2nd picture of the nice s curve to the forks. They are a extension of your hands and very easy to use and hold on to . With the curve of the forks , it is very easy to toss the salad and scoop it up out of the salad bowl and on to the plate with these nifty salad tongs I created. I took them to a friends house and we had a wonder full dinner with a toss salad my wife made and I asked what they thought of them and the first thing they said to me these are neat pampered chef forks. i told them I designed them and cut them with my band saw and they said wow, they look like something you bought from pampered chef.

thanks for looking guys .

-- Jeffery Mullen

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#1 posted 07-31-2012 09:04 AM

Nice work, I can see that you will be making more of them in the near future. Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 07-31-2012 12:42 PM

I love these! I think they are so practical and they are also beautiful. I use mineral oil all the time and I think it is a great food-safe finish for wood items. The design is wonderful and this is just a great project. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Jeffery Mullen

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#3 posted 07-31-2012 08:37 PM

Thanks Sheila

I do plan on making more to sell as a cabinet shop supplies me with lots of hard wood for free, sizes from 3 inches to 3 foot of wast boards to him. I have a few hundred dollars of hard wood already from him sizes of 3 feet long of all sorts of expensive hard wood. I plan on making spoons and other useful kitchen utensils.

I love to make patterns in compound cuts for band saw and scroll saw. Thanks again for your in trust.

-- Jeffery Mullen

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#4 posted 07-31-2012 11:58 PM

Nice salad tools! I like ‘em a lot.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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