A gift as precise as the work.
A unique table top tool, the Chopstick Master™ allows anybody, regardless of experience, age 8 and up, to make a pair of gallery quality chopsticks.
Professional quality tool made primarily of anodized aluminum parts. Precision Mini Block Plane for superb finish; honing guide and abrasive strip easily allows you to keep the plane in top shape. It provides a unique woodworking experience for anyone, even those with zero woodworking experience. Easily accepts your own homemade chopstick blanks (7mm x 7mm x 270mm).
410mm x 210mm x 85mm
Green Arm for CSM (making 2mm Tip Chopsticks). 50 Deg. Honing Kit (1 Hardened Steel Iron, 1 Honing Plate). 30° Mini Honing Guide. Chopstick Master Wedges (Set of 2). Chopstick Master Abrasive Strips (Set of 5). Plane Iron for HP-8. Chopstick Master Sleeves (Set of 10). Maple Chopstick Blanks & Sleeves (Set of 10). Padauk Chopstick Blanks & Sleeves (Set of 10). Wenge Chopstick Blanks & Sleeves (Set of 10). 15ml Oil Bottle for Chopstick Master. Flat Arm (Arm for Planing Flat Stock on the CSM.
Chopstick Master Base Unit. Red Arm for 5mm Tip Chopsticks. Red Acrylic Clamping Wedges. Mini-Block Plane with Depth Skids. Pivoting Depth Sled. 8000 Grit Abrasive Sharpening Strip. 400 Grit Finishing Sandpaper. 30 Degree Honing Guide for Plane Iron. 20 Chopstick Blanks (10 Pair) . 10 Fabric Sleeves with Drawstring, 5 w/Blue Motif, 5 w/Red Motif. Oil Bottle. Logo Marking Pencil. Instruction Manual
What is the difference between the Chopstick Master 2015 (the original) and the Chopstick Master Version 2?
On the Chopstick Master Version 2, the main body has been simplified and the hook that lies flat against your workbench has been re-designed. The sliding table and saw blade have been eliminated making this unit much more kid friendly. The original depth skids are now set flush with the HP-8 plane sole to which a new, PIVOTING depth sled is attached and the pyramidal finial is now cut with the plane. In addition, the Chopstick master 2 box is half the size of the original version. The Chopstick Master 2 comes with one red arm for making Chinese Chopsticks (5mm octagonal tip.) The Green Arm for making Japanese Chopsticks (2mm octagonal tip) can be purchased as an accessory. The Chopstick Master 2015 (the original) comes with both the red arm as well as the green arm for making Japanese Chopsticks (2mm).
What is the Flat Stock Arm (blue) used for?
The Flat Stock Arm (blue) is used in conjunction with the HP-8 plane and will allow you to thickness plane banding, inlay strips and other thin stock requirements down to .06" thick. Its also great for Kumiko projects.
I have very difficult grain encounters with my chopstick blanks. What do you recommend for this type of wood?
If you are making your own blanks out of scrap bin or if you run across wood with difficult grain, the 50° Honing Kit is excellent for this type of situation. The micro bevel on this iron is 50°. A 50° attack angle and a very narrow mouth opening on the HP-8 Block Plane will really help in many difficult grain encounters. The plate allows you to set the iron the correct distance to repeat this hone.
If I wanted to make my own chopstick blanks, what is the size of the blanks?
You can make your own chopstick blanks and the size of each chopstick starts out at 270mm x 7mm square. There are videos on the internet explaining how to make your own blanks.
What can I do to alleviate tear out when making my finial cut?
There are a few things that could cause tear out, which probably happens at the corners of the diamond finial. Here are a few things you can try: 1. Ensure that your plane iron is sharp since you want clean cuts. A dull blade will pull the grains rather than cut. 2. Make sure your plane is set to do fine cuts (closed mouth with a shallow depth of cut). Lighter cuts will less likely to tear out than rougher/deeper cuts. 3. Since you are working with end-grain, some types of wood will be more likely to create tear outs than others. Be careful with harder or "grainier" woods because they are more likely to chip/tear out. 4. Lastly, be gentle with your cuts! The process of planing the diamond finial should be a motion of gentle skew cut with minimal back and forth cutting motion. Let the blade do most of the work. You are only applying gentle pressure.
Do any chopstick blanks come with the Chopstick Master?
Yes. There are enough blanks in the box to make 10 sets of chopsticks. In addition, there are 5 red bags and 5 blue bags to hold the chopsticks.
Can I purchase more chopstick blanks?
Yes. Bridge City Tool Works carries several different types of blanks in a set of 10 including Teak, Maple, Walnut, Ceylon Iron Wood, Padauk and Cherry. (Depending on availability.).
The Chopstick Master™ allows anybody, regardless of experience, age 8 and up, to make a pair of gallery quality, flawless chopsticks. Each chopstick starts out as a 270mm x 7mm square blank. When completed, it becomes a gracefully tapered and perfectly proportioned chopstick that is square on the outboard end and transitions to an impeccable octagonal tip either 2mm or 5mm in diameter. The finish of the wood, because it was cut with a block plane, is as smooth as you can make wood. The final touch, a pyramidal finial, is cut with a few simple passes over the adjustable stop and takes a few minutes to complete. This cut elevates the chopstick from amateur to professional status. It is possible for one’s very first woodworking project to be perfect even by someone with ZERO woodworking skills. The Chopstick Master™ comes complete with enough blanks to make 10 pairs of chopsticks, and when you divide the cost of the kit by 10, you can get a ball park cost for a pair of chopsticks. Over a period of time, as you make more and more chopsticks, the initial cost of the unit becomes almost negligible. Currently in the U.S., hand-made finished chopsticks are retailing around $60, and they can go much higher. For those of you who have a creative voice that needs to be heard, chopsticks make a great platform for expression. They can be painted, air-brushed, gilded, lacquered, embellished, and the list goes on. We have seen chopsticks in both China and Japan that are well north of $500. They make terrific gifts. The Chopstick Master™ is a professional tool with an all metal base and is designed to last multiple generations.