So in this instructable I'm going to be showing how you can make chopsticks from scrap hardwood that otherwise would be hard to use.
For this instructable you will need:
Scrap hardwood. I had some maple and walnut left over from a chess board I had made so that is what I used.
Something to cut the wood with. I used a handsaw.
Something to shape the wood. I used a file mainly but sandpaper, a carving knife, a rasp or a sander could all be used.
Sand paper. A mixture of grits might be needed but I only had to use 220 grit.
Mineral Oil or another food safe wood finish.
Lets get to it...
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Step 1: Find Some Scrap Hardwood and Cut It Into Square Blanks
I used a hand saw to cut the scrap hardwood pieces I had to about a quarter of an inch square by around a foot long blanks.
A table saw or band saw would make this go a lot quicker but due to the small size of the blanks you might want to do these cuts by hand.
Step 2: Shape the Blanks Into Chopsticks
Use either a wood rasp, a scraper, rough grit sandpaper or a file to shape the square blanks into rough chopstick shapes. If you have a belt or disk sander those would probably work really well for this step.
I found that the wood rasp worked quite well to remove lots of material. I then switched to scraping and finally finished by filing.
For the walnut chopsticks I rounded down the ends and tapered them into squares about a quarter of an inch thick where you hold them. For the maple ones I ended up accidentally gouging one of the edges as I was cutting it so I decided to add a cut out around the edge to hide that mistake.
Step 3: Sand and Finish With Mineral Oil
Thoroughly sand your chopsticks until smooth. Since the file I was using didn't leave many marks in the surface of the wood I jumped right to 220 grit sandpaper. If you are using a rasp then you might want to sand with a 100 grit or a rougher sandpaper before going straight to the fine 220.
Once you have everything sanded down smooth apply a few coats of mineral oil with a rag to finish your chopsticks. I followed the finishing guide
Step 4: Enjoy Your Super Fancy New Chopsticks!
Order some Chinese food and enjoy your new handmade chopsticks!
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