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    Mad Man makes toothpicks

    I was cutting snakewood the other day and things were not going well.
    In a short time I became mad (can be taken either way).
    So I did what any good woodworker would do;
    I blamed the wood and threatened to turn it into tooth picks.
    The results...


    Now I am going to take them home and use them as spears for finger food.
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    Great idea! You could sell those on Etsy!
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    Great work Mark!

    Chopsticks in some of the custom woods would be popular I bet.
    I have seen some cool ones guys have made out of G 10 and micarta...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpikeC View Post
    Great idea! You could sell those on Etsy!
    Nope, they are going home with me.

    One other time when I was in a weird mood I made about a dozen sets of chopsticks.
    I put them in one of our galleries and they all sold right away.
    Seems they kept getting bought by women who were using them in their hair.
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    Nice. You make these on a lathe?

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    What happened to the sheath wood????

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    I'll take your next set of chopsticks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pabloz View Post
    What happened to the sheath wood????
    Too many scattered checks and flaws. All I was able to get were some sets of scales and a few blocks.
    Hence the frustration.

    Quote Originally Posted by BurkeCutlery View Post
    Nice. You make these on a lathe?
    No, these were a few minutes shaping freehand on a stationary belt sander. Around here "lathe" is a bad word, like "normal". We don't use the "N" word around here.

    Quote Originally Posted by tk59 View Post
    I'll take your next set of chopsticks.
    They might be kind of funky looking but I will put a set in the mail soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burl Source View Post
    ...a stationary belt sander...
    I can't imagine using one that is running around...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tk59 View Post
    I can't imagine using one that is running around...
    Your comment reminds me of a story.
    One time I was at my work bench sanding with a hand held belt sander and I kicked the circuit breaker for the power strip.
    My boss came walking over to see what I was working on.
    Since it was obvious I was running too much off the one power strip I unplugged a couple items.
    Then I hit the reset button.
    The belt sander ran across the work bench and flew about 10 feet through the air barely missing my boss. It pulled the plug and stopped.
    When I lost power the trigger for the belt sander was locked into position. I had forgotten to unlock it before restoring power.
    My boss gave me a look, to which I replied "it might not be safe for you to be hanging around here".
    Good thing I wasn't using an extension cord. I would have been chasing that sander all over the place.
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