Somehow every project I start ends up being more complicated than it needs to be. We needed a pair of salad tongs and I had a nice block of wood so this should be quick and easy... As it turns out, the piece of wood I wanted to use was nicer than I thought so rather than put yet another weird shaped scrap of wood back on a shelf, I made as many things as I could from this single block of wood.
I ended up making a pair of salad tongs, two wooden spatulas, a rice paddle, a pair of chopsticks with a chopstick rest, two wooden spoons, a butter knife, and a jam spoon (spoon on the front, knife on the back... scoop and spread). Not wanting to fill my house with sawdust, I made it at TechShop
For this project you'll need:
a 3"x3"x12" piece of wood (I used what I think is quilted maple)
a band saw
a belt/disc sander
a dremel with a carving burr
and a food-safe finish (I used Good Stuff, though walnut oil or salad bowl finish or something would be fine)
Let's get started!