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Yout Thoughts on this Jig please (chopstick Master)

by Tideline77
posted 01-27-2017 03:26 PM

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#1 posted 01-27-2017 04:16 PM

I have version 2. It works well, with a substantial learning curve. Like everything else from Bridge City, it’s a quality item. Yes, it’s expensive, but so is everything they sell. They’re kind of like the Lamborghini of tool making.

There are a few negatives. One, while the plane is a good quality item, the way it sits in the sled, with the four posts sticking up makes it very difficult to hold comfortably. It doesn’t take long before your palm hurts like hell. Also, I found the final cuts for the octagon to be hit or miss. Cutting until the plane stopped taking shavings often times left one side or two too flat. I attributed that to a lack of perfect straightness in the blank. Also, grain can be a bear. It’s such a small item that once some tear out occurs, your odds of smoothing it away are slim. They make a 50º option, but I’m looking into some options myself.

I wound up making my own sled to hold my LN 102. I have it set to take the finest shavings possible. That helps with the tear out. It’s also infinitely more comfortable. I also made a jig to hold the chopstick for the final four cuts that form the octagon. I can see the progress better, and once I determine the stroke count to get the cut I want, it’s easy to repeat that cut on the rest of the pieces.

I have some other methods that differ from theirs — like the way they have you do the sanding — that result in a much more pleasing look and feel for the final product.

The biggest positive for me is it’s so relaxing. It’s like therapy after a day of milling 8/4 lumber and gluing up 75 lb entry doors. You can pretty much let your mind go blank and enjoy the piles of shavings you’ll create.

One more thing, a Grr-Ripper with the 1/8” blade attached is pretty much mandatory if you want to cut your own blanks. You can get the dimensions off of the pieces they include. I resaw, plane to thickness and then rip them. I think I figured it out once that you can get a couple of dozen out of a board foot, so even exotics come out pretty cheap compared to what they sell blanks for at Bridge City.

-- There's no such thing as a careless electrician

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#2 posted 01-27-2017 05:42 PM

my wife is Chinese and we eat with chop sticks everyday…....

so I think I will take the plunge

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#3 posted 01-27-2017 07:51 PM

Thanks a bunch for the detailed reply

I really appreciate the information

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#4 posted 01-27-2017 08:16 PM

You’re welcome. Feel free to ask questions once you get your jig. Out of the box, it’s set up to get started, which is nice.

-- There's no such thing as a careless electrician

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#5 posted 01-27-2017 10:26 PM

With everything that comes in the set, I think the price is reasonable. Especially if the plane is as good as they say it is.

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#6 posted 01-27-2017 10:39 PM

I ordered one because my wife gets splinters from my hand carved chop sticks. ;-)

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#7 posted 01-28-2017 02:32 AM

Cool tool but at $195 tad out of my comfort range. Going to keep getting extras when we go out to eat… LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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