food tongs

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Project by Von posted 06-24-2013 02:16 AM 1445 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have you ever done a project that you just can NOT master no matter how hard you try?. I have seen a lot of nice shop-built tongs on the site here and thought I would take a crack at making my own. How hard can it be? A few pieces of thin wood, laminated together….. easy! HA HA HA…..

I really liked the one-piece laminated and hinge-less design that I have seen on other profiles. My trouble is that the wood I have at hand makes those sorts of tongs rather impossible to make. I know…. I made 6 or 7 separate sets and each one either cracked at the hinge, or the tongs wouldn’t hold pocket lint without breaking. Each one would fail and I would think… “this is really kicking my bum, in a not so good kinda way.”

And then I remembered a short thin length of old oak in my hoarder’s cabinet of odd woods. I scrapped the idea of a one-piece unit in favor of more familiar territory; a pure wood joint. I scribbled out the profile for the tong and planned on laminating a small bit of scrap on the ends to build up the jaws. Each side is from the same pattern and assembled the same way. What makes them different is that one has a hole drilled all the way through to let the pin drift. The other tong is only drilled about 2/3rds and a dab of epoxy is added to the that hole. The wooden pin is pressed through both parts and get’s glued to the second half with the epoxy. It’s important to make sure that only ONE side get’s the epoxy/glue.

Tongs are made of old old old oak. I think it came out of a house from the late 1800s, it’s a chunk of wood I have had around for ages. The wooden pin is from a Juneberry shrub. Epoxy from wallymart. heh..

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#1 posted 06-24-2013 04:10 PM

Hey, I like that!

-- Steve

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#2 posted 06-25-2013 02:43 AM

von, i like the idea. does this have any type of a spring action, or purely mechanical? thanks

-- wiser1934, new york

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#3 posted 06-25-2013 09:24 AM

no spring, it’s all in the hands so to speak. they are 11” long so there is plenty of leverage when it comes to picking things up. i made them for turning food items on the grill or in an oven… hence the length

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