Step 1: What You'll Need
- a piece of hardwood at least 2" x 9" (grain running long ways) x 3/16" thick
(I used walnut but you could also use maple, ash, birch, oak, or poplar)
*There are places online that you can buy hobby wood that is already the thickness you need it, which would save you a bunch of cutting/sanding. One good one is:
- a piece of hardwood (same or different variety) at least 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 5/16" thick
- print out of toaster tongs pattern (pdf provided below)
- wood glue
- ruler or measuring tape
- 2 small clamps
- butcher block oil
- 1x sheet each of 320, 220, & 120 sand paper (not pictured)
- paper towel (not pictured)
- double stick & masking tapes (not pictured)
- table saw (not necessary if your starter wood piece is already squared)
- table saw
- disc sander
Step 2: Squaring Up Your Scrap Wood
IMPORTANT: You want the wood grain to run the length of your piece. (like pictured)
Step 3: Cutting to Size: the Tong Arms
You will now be cutting off a 'long way' slice that is 3/16" thick and at least 2" x 8 3/8", so mark the 3/16" using your pencil and ruler.
Set your fence and when cutting, please use a push stick to make extra sure that your hands are safe. If you have a re-saw blade for your band saw, that would work even better than the standard one I used.
*REMINDER: There are places online that you can buy hobby wood that is already the thickness you need it, which would save you a bunch of cutting/sanding. One good one is:
Step 4: Sanding Your Tong Arm Wood
Start with the 120 grit paper and gently sand until all visible marks are gone. Try to use even pressure when sanding so that the finished product has uniform thickness. Once all marks are removed, next up is the 220 grit for a few passes, then the 320 grit as a smoothing finisher.
Once the first side is done, gently remove your thin piece from the 'handle' and repeat the above steps for the other side. You will be left with a lovely thin and smooth sheet of 'tong arm' wood.
Step 5: Cutting Your Tong Arms to Size
Step 6: Sanding: Part Two
Tape the two arms together using masking tape so that the ends line up as best as possible.
Using the 220 grit sand paper or a disc sander, lightly sand both ends of the arms, removing as little material as possible, so that the ends are even.
Step 7: Cutting Your Center Piece
Step 8: Shaping Your Center Piece
Then carefully sand the piece into it's final tapered shape. (Like pictured. See pdf print out for measurements.)
Make sure there's a nice close fit between all three pieces.
Note: The final measurements of all your pieces don't have to be exactly the same as mine as long as they all match up with each other.
Step 9: Sanding: Part Three
Step 10: Get Gluing!
Step 11: Unclamp and Smooooth It Out!
Tear a small piece of 320 grit sand paper off of your sheet and use to soften all the edges of the tongs, removing any roughness or potential for splinters.
Step 12: Oil 'em
Step 13: Buff 'em!
You are now the proud owner of a toaster safe bread/bagel/english muffin removal device! Nice work!
Let me know if you have any questions or comments!
Step 14: Toaster Tongs in Action