Introduction: Pocket Sized Collapsible Eating Utensils.

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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.

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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.

Step 3: Construct Extending Spoon.

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Now, take the head of the spoon that you cut off in the last step and make sure one last time that it fits in the section of the antenna that you wanted it to. If it doesn't fit quite right, use some pliers to flatten the antenna section just a bit so the flattened part of the spoon fits better.

Prepare your epoxy, making sure that it's half and half in quantity of the black substance to white substance. Mix it together and put a dab into the end of the antenna where the spoon will go.

Insert the end of the spoon into the dab, and then get some more epoxy mixture and put it around the part where the antenna meets spoon. Smooth it out and let it dry. I think that JB weld, what I used, takes something like 12 hours to dry at a warmish temperature. When it's done drying you can use it for a multitude of things.

Step 4: Old Utensil and New Utensil Comparisons.

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After your utensil dries, you can make another for a matching set. So far I have done one fork and one spoon. These extending utensils can be used for many things. Fondue parties where an extending fork is neccesary, wanting to use your own silverware at resteraunts, going to an even where unsure if there will be utensils, bar-b-queing, reaching into deep pots of hot liquids, reaching over other plates, and many other things.

Here are some comparison pictures of regular utensils and the extendable ones. Keep in mind that the extended utensils in unextended form do fit in pockets. In fact, they fit very well in pockets, and are great for traveling!! They can also be extended to fit any sized hands, from babies, to grown men.

I hope you have enjoyed this instructable, please leave a comment, and voting is most graciously appreciated! As in PLEASE VOTE!! I appreciate feedback and voting from all.

VOTE and enjoy the legacy of the extending utensils.....

Comments

pablodacooki (author)2009-06-21

they sell these for like 5 bucks

wenpherd (author)pablodacooki2009-06-21

so

Mark 42 (author)wenpherd2016-03-27

This is Instructibles... the correct word isn't "so", it's "sew".

gunman15 (author)2010-12-24

1 of my cheap spoons broke so im hot glueing it to my lighter leash that i got a while back

wtfnot (author)2010-11-18

very good for people with short arms :)

JamesTB13 (author)2010-06-21

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.

raceryz350 (author)2010-01-15

y?

GianniMora (author)2009-09-26

this is awesome

duck-lemon (author)2008-04-03

i'm gonna put 7 antennas together to make the
SUPER KNIFE...
well maybe

collapsible spear? perhaps?

Briguy9 (author)2009-07-20

This isn't collapsible, this is telescoping

SpiroExDeus (author)2009-07-19

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?

guy90 (author)2009-07-17

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.

guy90 (author)2009-07-17

Great idea! BBQ sessions will be easier, in the future

SnuffyDaPenguin (author)2008-04-06

To keep the fork from stabbing in your pocket, stick it into a piece of cork or something.

pdub77 (author)SnuffyDaPenguin2009-05-30

makes me think of 'dirty rotten scoundrels'

Burf (author)2008-04-03

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)Burf2008-04-03

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!

pdub77 (author)Gunk on Floor2009-05-30

goodwill, my friend, is a wonderful place. a lot of good, cheap materials.

Burf (author)Gunk on Floor2008-04-03

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 (author)Burf2008-04-07

you use it to eat others food. DUH

cdizzle (author)2009-04-21

thats badass dude

beavis2k (author)2008-03-18

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.

darus67 (author)beavis2k2008-03-19

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 (author)darus672008-03-20

Epoxy, when cured, is food safe. It is often used to coat the inside of wooden drinking vessels.

Spokehedz (author)rudolph2008-03-20

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Is_JB_Weld_food_safe

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)Spokehedz2008-03-21

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
-Gunk

santy22 (author)Gunk on Floor2008-03-24

From "is it toxic?" of the FAQ
No. J-B Weld is non-toxic. However, we do not recommend consuming the product.

bigpinecone (author)santy222008-07-03

well would you eat epoxy anyway? i know i wouldn't...

Gunk on Floor (author)santy222008-03-24

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.

foghat (author)Spokehedz2008-03-25

any alternatives to JB ? (i.e.- duct tape , super glue ...)

Spokehedz (author)foghat2008-03-26

Food-grade epoxy, food grade silicone sealant, or possibly silver solder.

Gunk on Floor (author)Spokehedz2008-03-26

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!

foghat (author)Spokehedz2008-03-26

good cause i doubt my dad will let me use his JB weld

Gunk on Floor (author)foghat2008-03-26

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!

rudolph (author)Spokehedz2008-03-20

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

Kaiven (author)2008-07-03

hmm. need to try this if i get the parts one day

DELETED_jorgegunn (author)2008-03-26

maybe instead of just fussing about my comment being bad you should answer the question. Why do you make them. To me it might be a waste of time but maybe you should spend less time being defensive and more time explaining why you like to do it, then our conversations would be beneficial you would be educating instead of just being defensive. Hey maybe why you do it will convince me to give your project a try. I wasn't intentialy like this is so stupid rather i didn't see how it would be usefull but im totally open to the idea that it could be.

I'm sorry if I came off as being defensive and rude, but if you want to know the uses for what I have made here, your best bet is to read my instructable in full and/or read some of the peoples ideas in the comments below. What I have done to these utensils is made them more easily accessible in different situations, by making them so that they can change size. Sorry if I have come off as an arrogant donkey, but the last few days haven't been some of my best. Sincerley, Gunk on floor

rogue13_13 (author)Gunk on Floor2008-05-21

There is big money in making things smaller and lighter. If you could sell these to a camping eq manufacturer, they would be a hit... BUT i think they need one improvement: They really do need to be shorter for any benefit over the original. But it is still a great idea. If you could find or make a telescoping mechanism that had 4 or 5 one inch sections, it would be the perfect size. (opens to 4-5 inches, closes to 1).

i dont think your an arrogant donkey nor did i intend to upset you, rather i think our lives collided when i was at a rather awkward and unrelentingly angry with life time. Sorry_ Jorge

dz0004455 (author)2008-05-12

wow, thats very creative, great work!

SpinWard (author)2008-04-04

Congrats on being the random winner. When we go camping, roasting forks are too long to pack in our bins. I don't really believe in cutting the limbs off trees just to roast my marshmallow. I found collapsible roasting forks at Walmart for $4 each. I'll definitely use this instructable to make more. The ones I found collapse to less than a foot and extend almost 3 feet! Instead of the fork or spoon, I'll probably bend a good solid wire in a tight U shape for the hot dog or marshmallow of my choice! Thanks for the instructable!

Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)2008-04-03

Neato! I wouldn't bring these into an airport though... you might get tackled for having a "suspicious extending weapon".

---E *Poke*



:D

Darn, didn't work.

Lol, It worked on the email that was forwarded to my yahoo account. XD

Cool, glad you got the joke! Otherwise that would have made no sense at all. :P

It also worked here.

PocketSized (author)2008-03-27

I'm going to make myself a Collapsible Knife and Fork =P
Great Instructable, and just ignore any of the pointlessly-negative comments (such as jorgegunn's).

This is a nice, and fun idea.

mondaymonkey (author)PocketSized2008-03-27

Hopefully my pocketknife won't see me doing this instructable. It might disown me. I saw at some store or another they advertised a "Special" on new Titanium Folding Sporks. Guess the price tag? 30 BUCKS! I'm pretty sure I could buy a Silver spoon, do this mod, then electroplate the handle and still be under 30 bucks

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