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Have you ever burnt your fingers, used a knife, a fork or turned upside down a toaster in order to get out 1) a piece of toast, 2) a Toaster Strudel, 3) an English Muffin or 4) something flaming out of your toaster.

A solution.

My wife is going to visit her mother this week and she asked me if I had anything to send. She has also been after me to make her a Toaster Tong. She keeps losing hers.

So I went out to the workshop and picked up a couple of pieces of wood. I don't call them scrap because they are the same size they were when I bought them. a piece of Purpleheart and a piece of Chechen
My mistake the wood is not Chechen but Bocote it wasn't until I started to cut some more that I realized my mistake. I'm making some more and I'll show the Chechen ones then.

I also got a couple of piece of wood that I had set aside for making a few pens. A piece of Tiger Maple and a piece of White Oak Crotch wood On top is the original that I started my research with.



The wood is about 8" long (not critical). I resawed 4 sets of Chechen and 5 sets of Purpleheart. They are about 1/8" thick (not critical). That blade was actually running at 3000 ft per minute, and the camera stopped it. Thats neat.



I then cut the Tiger Maple into 1/2" thick strip. The other dimension is 3/4".



I then cut them about 1 1/4" long so I ended up with a few blocks and some strips of wood.



I sanded the blocks in a taper from 1/2" thick to 3/8" thick.



It was then a matter of gluing the three pieces together. Making sure that the long end of the stick was at the 1/2" end of the block. And clamp. I'm using butcher paper under the glue. The plastic coating on the paper keeps the glue from sticking.



Then glue up them all.



After about 30 minutes I took it back to the sander to true up the glue block end and to round it, I also tapered the end that will go into the toaster, to about 1/16" about 1 - 1/2" back (not critical).



I then took it into the house and put a little Canola Oil on it.



That was cool so I went and got a Bocote one and sanded it and gave it the oil treatment. I rounded the Bocote one a little deeper into the side. I think I like it better.



Now to get the rest done so my wife can take 5 sets to Kansas City for her family and mine.

Could make great Christmas nick-nack gifts.

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Great simple project. I am cleaning my scrap short pile.
 

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Excellent post Karson.

It's definitely that time of year, I'm out looking for ideas for nice, simple christmas gifts. This one fits the bill perfectly.

Everyone do post what you've made. Mostly because I want to see how they look. Seeing Karson's I know I'm going to put together some out of Tiger Maple, those look cool.

What are the thoughts on wood to food compatibility? Any particular woods to avoid?

What type of glue would work best? I think you'd want something that you could get a little wet, seeing how it's going to be in the kitchen and around food. What about glue strength? The joint is going to be stressed every time it is used. I'm thinking epoxy here? Would PVA be good enough? Urethane?
 

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A unique and thoughtful gift Karson.
You might want to put one of thoee blind knife handle rivets in the joint.
They are brass and may add to decorative interest ans well a strength to the tongs.

Bob
 

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Made a few more tongs last night before I went to bed. I had save some left-over strips of wenge and chunks of yellowheart. Glued em and they are waiting for sanding and finishing touches. Will post photo's here a bit later. Great project Karson!
 

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The original that my wife found had a staple in it and (no or about no) glue. I used Titebond II, maybe Titebond III would be a good choice. Titebond was easy to because about 10 seconds and it was stuck enough to put a clamp on it. Dan had a problem with the Poly glue, it was very slippery. He ended up clamping the open end also.
 

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Used the same basic recipe as Karsons tongs.
Blocks are about the same dimensions,... 1/2 and taper to 3/8 but the strips are about 1/2 wide.


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What did you use as a finish Dan? and yes 3/4" width would not be a requirement. Whatever was handy.
 

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Mineral oil is I used.
Same stuff I used on my corn cob pokes and cutting board projects. Bought it at Walmart.

Read somewhere that mineral oil is made from soy beans. I grew up on a small farm in Iowa, so next to corn, soybeans are special >grin<.... Like pigs too, ... and the state flower and bird too… ( I'm too funny … yuk yuk yuk …. sic ….)
 

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Thanks, Karson - I'll definitely make these.
 

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Karson - I love the chechen ones! - that's a wood I want to investigate. This is definitely a great project for the fast approaching Christmas rush.
 

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Nils I made a mistake. the wood that I identified as Chechen was really Bocote. It wasn't until I started to cut up some more that I realized my mistake.

I have cut some chechen but haven't put them together yet..
 

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Y'all are having too much fun; I'll have to make a few of those too.
Thanks for the inspiration Karson. ;-)
Gary
 

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With little adaptation the toaster tong can become an Art Ploonker

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which is indispensable for the creation of "Jar Fairies".

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Don't worry folks, I made the ploonker (used to place dainty flowers and lace into a glue bed at the bottom of a frillied-up glass jar). My wife Pam ([email protected]) made the fairy. I am happy about the division of labor.
 

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Another great utilization of the great tongs.
 

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Another wonderful project to add to my list …great way to use up a bunch of scraps : ) thank you Karson !!!
 

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nice one done!

Whooha! that is one beefy (carbide?) bandsaw blade…. what's the size on that ? 3/4? what are you running it on?
 

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The blade is a 1 1/4" Laguna Resaw King blade. About $1.75 per inch.
 

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Cool! I'm putting them on my "fun gifts projects" list.
 

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Look great Karson. I made a couple of these and they really come in handy.
 
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