Toaster Tongs

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egnald

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Greetings from Nebraska!

It goes to prove that necessity is the mother of invention (or at least the mother of building something ad-hoc in the workshop). Dear wife was sticking a metal fork into the toaster yesterday to retrieve her stuck sourdough, so I went to work in the shop to build a safer alternative.

I cut the set of tongs from a 9-inch piece of Hickory scrap. Drilling with a Forstner, cutting on the bandsaw, sanding, sanding, and more sanding finally revealed a bonafide one-piece sourdough safety retrieval tool. I finished it with a couple of coats of Flax Seed oil. This is the same stuff that I use to re-season Cast Iron cookware. It is essentially a food grade Linseed Oil and can be found at GNC or other nutrition/supplement stores.

I think the tongs turned out pretty good considering they were Jerry built from a piece of scrap wood. I'll have to wait to see how well they hold up under daily use.

Regards,
Dave

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jjjaworski

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I had not seen these made in years. Nice job. I made one for my wife years ago ( probably like 1974 ) when i was apprenticing as a wood patternmaker. One of those government jobs we used to sneak in from time to time. I dug it out and am attaching a photo. Just a slightly different style is all.

I went outside for a quick photo in this 104 degree temperature.

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