Picture of Pocket sized collapsible eating utensils.
In this instructable, I'll show you how to make some really cool, collapsible, and versatile eating utensils. They're great on-the-go silverware, cooking, sampling foods, and endless possibilities!!! Read on for some funky utensils that will make you the envy of your friends.

These utensils can be collapsed to be pocket sized, and even smaller than normal eating utensils, or they can be extended for any sized hand. They're sturdy, and will last a long, long time.

ENJOY!! And please don't forget to VOTE for this instructable if you enjoyed it. I also appreciate comments.

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Step 1: Materials and tools.

Picture of Materials and tools.
For this little pocket project your going to need:

A spoon you don't mind getting rid of.
An extendable radio or television antenna.
Something to cut both the antenna and spoon.
Two part epoxy, JB weld for example.

I used a spoon with a narrow, neck, I guess you could call it. The narrower the better, this means that you can use one of the smaller slots on the antenna, therefore being able to make it extend further.

I used an antenna from a boombox I found at the dump, so far, it's one of the best uses I have found for them.

Step 2: Cut spoon and antenna.

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Gather your spoon and your cutting device. You could use a hack saw, tin snips, aviation shears, a dremel, or break it off in a vice or the likes. Cut the head of the spoon off about one half of an inch down the neck, leaving your self with a little room for the spoon to fit into the antenna.

Now, take the head of the spoon and compare it to the different sized sections of the antenna. Find one of the sections that looks like it's the same width of the neck of the spoon, and cut ONE SIZE SMALLER than that piece. Push the cut off end into the bigger piece and make sure the spoon fits in the end.
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gunman154 years ago
1 of my cheap spoons broke so im hot glueing it to my lighter leash that i got a while back
wtfnot4 years ago
very good for people with short arms :)
JamesTB134 years ago
Ok. Straight from the JB Weld website: ' Is JB Weld toxic?' 'No, JB Weld is non-toxic, but we don't recommend consuming it.' There you go, just don't eat the JB Weld. Also, JB Weld has a tensile strength of 3960 psi, and it can withstand a constant temperature of 500 degrees farenheit. So, you could pull on it really hard in a giant oven and it wouldn't break. Although, in a giant oven at 500 degrees, you'd die, anyway.
raceryz3505 years ago
GianniMora5 years ago
this is awesome
duck-lemon7 years ago
i'm gonna put 7 antennas together to make the
well maybe
collapsible spear? perhaps?
Briguy95 years ago
This isn't collapsible, this is telescoping
SpiroExDeus5 years ago
Just two concerns here. 1. Is JB Weld non-brittle/safe for human consumption? If not it might be better to use silver solder if you have the capability. 2. How would I stop my fork/knife from retracting to nothing if I was, say, cutting into a steak?
guy905 years ago
Have you thought about insulating the handles?- after all, you'll be holding these over or near a heat source, at some point. I find fire cement to be good for that, or little sheets of wood- for when i made saucepans.
guy905 years ago
Great idea! BBQ sessions will be easier, in the future
they sell these for like 5 bucks
To keep the fork from stabbing in your pocket, stick it into a piece of cork or something.
makes me think of 'dirty rotten scoundrels'
Burf7 years ago
I don't want to be too negative, but it appears that the overall length of the utensils before and after is nearly the same. And, I can't think of many uses for the additional length afforded by the telescoping action. I have used almost the same technique to make what I call a "grabber" by epoxying a strong magnet to the end of the antenna. A well executed Instruct able, nonetheless.
Gunk on Floor (author)  Burf7 years ago
I see what you're saying and I agree. Though as I told Coerul, I tried to find the smallest antennas I had. Spoons and forks are already pocket sized, but I wanted to put a twist on them, because, well, it'd be kinda weird making an instructable on how to put a regular fork and spoon in your pocket. I have another trick up my sleeve though for a new instructable on telescoping items, but that will have to wait until I find one more antenna. ; ) Thanks!
goodwill, my friend, is a wonderful place. a lot of good, cheap materials.
If you could figure out a way to make a locking hinge at the attachment point so the utensil could open and then close back against the handle. Then you might have a winner.
Braeburn Burf6 years ago
you use it to eat others food. DUH
cdizzle5 years ago
thats badass dude
beavis2k7 years ago
I have been wanting to make one of these since i saw it on Good Eats, they are called the "freeloader fork" and the "sneaky spoon". I though about making one, but welding it to the antenna directly didn't seem too practical, didn't think to use epoxy. Thanks for the Instructable.
I also loved the ones I saw Alton Brown use on "Good Eats", and wondered where to get them. I also wonder about the food safety issues of epoxy. A safer, although more complex, method might be to use lead free jeweler's silver solder, or something like that.
rudolph darus677 years ago
Epoxy, when cured, is food safe. It is often used to coat the inside of wooden drinking vessels.

Umm... No. It's not. Although that is a Wiki, I am sure that it is not food safe.

A much better solution would be to sand down the diameter of the handle on the utensil, and use not epoxy but silicone to secure the handle inside the antenna.
Gunk on Floor (author)  Spokehedz7 years ago
JB Weld FAQ, I hope this answers everyones questions about the health concern with the epoxy JB Weld. This comes straight from the JB weld companies FAQ, where someone asks if it is toxic. They responded with no, and so I hope this settles the dispute.

Thank you
From "is it toxic?" of the FAQ
No. J-B Weld is non-toxic. However, we do not recommend consuming the product.
well would you eat epoxy anyway? i know i wouldn't...
Gunk on Floor (author)  santy227 years ago
I'm pretty sure they mean consuming the product while it's still in malleable form. It would be impossible to consume once dried, assuming that it's on something that would be impossible to eat. It's like toothpaste, it's not toxic, but it's not recommended that you make a diet out of it.
any alternatives to JB ? (i.e.- duct tape , super glue ...)
Food-grade epoxy, food grade silicone sealant, or possibly silver solder.
Gunk on Floor (author)  Spokehedz7 years ago
I would have soldered it, but my soldering skillz are those of a fish. I never really have gotten any soldering practice, but I'm going to try soon on my next project. It's a big hushy hush! ; ) If you haven't voted yet, every one counts! Thanks!
good cause i doubt my dad will let me use his JB weld
Gunk on Floor (author)  foghat7 years ago
Super glue would definitely be a better alternative than duct tape. I don't know whether it's toxic or not, but it may not taste very good if it got on the business end of the fork. If you haven't voted yet, every one counts! Thanks!
JB Weld is not just epoxy, it's epoxy and steel (and probably some other stuff). JB Weld when cured is still semi-porous enough to absorb food product, as well as more easily leech weirdness into the food product.

"Normal" epoxy, when cured, is just a form of solid plastic. The curing process probably emits some chemical which would certainly need washed off before use. Some epoxies are specifically labeled as being food grade. These can be found in the form of paint, and are often used to coat the inside of large water containers among other things.

My experience has been with things like these
Kaiven6 years ago
hmm. need to try this if i get the parts one day
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dude its an opinion not the word of god
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