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    New Chopstick design/profile

    After suggestions from several of you guys for a more traditional Japanese style chopsticks, I am trying something different.
    This thread will show what happens as I fumble my way through the process. Feel free to post any suggestions or tell me I am messing up.

    I am using some old Indonesian Ebony for the wood. Since it is a really hard and durable wood I thought it would work out good for the strength needed for sticks with thin tips.

    This is a photo ecchef posted along with some of the Ebony.


    First I ground a side profile.


    Then did the same thing for the other sides.


    Right now they are too angular, but I have a profile to work with.
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    http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/sh...ry-Chop-sticks!!!

    Randy has some good quality photos in this post of the ivory chopsticks he made. I think the profile is perfect.

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    Lookin good! I like the design of the reference photo and the contrast in that first pair that you're working on looks like it's going to be really nice.

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    Here I knocked off the corners of the top half of the stick.


    Looking at the end you can see the shape is not exact but most of the bulk is gone.


    So far the shaping has been done on a stationary belt sander.


    I am not overly coordinated so this is as far as I will be going on the belt sander. It can eat a lot of wood really quick so now I go to hand sanding for the rest of the shaping. A lot slower, but I will have much more control.
    I made a sanding block with a flat piece of wood and adhesive backed 180 grit sandpaper.
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    Here I have it rough sanded to shape.
    A bit more rounded with the end about 1/16".



    Does this look better to you guys?
    If yes I am going to make a bunch.
    If you have any suggestions for changes, please let me know.
    Thanks, Mark
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    They look good, but why not make a test batch and sell them to see what the feedback is?

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    man, i gotta learn to use chopsticks. i'd buy a set in a second, if i could. these look great!

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    I have dozens of chopsticks collected over the years, and they all have smoothed but still square handles, presumably for better control. Since they are all like that, I guess it is important. Randy's ivory chopsticks in the photo are that way, and work perfectly.
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    Have you tryed a spokeshave? Clamp one end in a vise and shave away, them reverse. It would save you a bunch of time and energy, and make shavings instead of dust.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Neal View Post
    I have dozens of chopsticks collected over the years, and they all have smoothed but still square handles, presumably for better control. Since they are all like that, I guess it is important.
    I agree that smoothed square ends would be good, and would presumably be less work as well (maybe?). The Japanese chopsticks I have are that way.

    Regards,

    Mark

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