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How to make a Fork-Spoon utensil for camping

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Step 2 - Marking cutmarks.jpg
Step 3 - Making the cuts.jpg
Step 4 - Replicate cutmarks.jpg
Step 5 - Grinding smooth.jpg
Step 7 - Apply the adheasive.jpg
Step 6 - Mix up the adheasive.jpg
Step 8 - Clamp until dry.jpg
There are many tools available to the camper, and many varieties to choose from. For example, you could have a hatchet with a short handle for single handed operation, or one that is longer so that you can use two hands for leverage. I am going to discuss how to make one tool that most campers overlook, silverware. You have two types of campers, those that use disposable plastic forks, and those that bring washable silverware. I will not count the third "bare-hands" group. To begin with, you will need to gather your materials and tools. In this case I used a Dremel tool with both a grinding and cutting attachment. Because of this I would suggest eye protection. I also had a marker to indicate where my cuts were going to go, and a steel epoxy named J.B. Weld. It has a quick drying time, as well as a strong adhesive nature. I also had my fork set, and spoon set. Both of these were bought from Walmart for one dollar, and came in packs of four. Next you will want to mark where your cuts are going to go. I aligned the handles so that the curves were away from each other, and there was a small gap between. I then decided how long I wanted my handles, and marked the extra to be cut off. I also decided I wanted to shorten the tines of the fork. I cut off the portion I marked, and ground the edges down. This way I didn't have to worry about sharp edges while holding the utensil, or trying to eat my food. I mixed up the epoxy, and placed it on the inside of each utensil, and used a couple of hand clamps to hold the piece firm while it dried. After waiting patiently, I was able to grind out any imperfections and buff the tool. It is now ready for me to bring out on any adventure I may have.
zazenergy2 years ago
congratulations on posting your first instructable! I think this would make a great step by step Instructable. It might be easier to read if each step was broken out with associated photos. let me know if you need any pointers. happy to help :)