A gift as precise as the work.
A unique tabletop tool, the Chopstick Master™ allows anybody, regardless of experience, age 8 and up, to make a pair of gallery quality Chinese (5mm) chopsticks.
The Chopstick Master Version 2 is made primarily of anodized aluminum parts. 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 (oil not included) 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 Acetyl Depth Skids & Acetyl 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. Empty 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 acetyl depth skids are now set flush with the HP-8 plane sole to which a new, acetyl 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 Wenge, Teak, Maple, Walnut, and Padauk. (Depending on availability.).
How do I make a Perfect Octagon?
When making the octagon tips for the chopstick, there's a few things that could affect the symmetry or end result. The primary cause would be bowed/curved blanks as it will cause you to remove more material on one side over the others. When picking out blanks, quickly eyeball them to ensure that there are no "dramatic or exaggerated" bowing in the blank as this will affect your end result. You can work with the bowed blanks, but it's a bit trickier!
The next thing is to make sure is that your sides are all evenly planed. When done correctly, both ends of the chopstick should look perfectly squared. While planing the sides, make sure all sides have been planed completely. Often times, the user might not have planed a certain side completely. This could be caused by not applying enough pressure or bowing of the blanks, which will cause the user to think that they've "completed" a side. When planing the sides, try to attack it from a different angle (skew cut) to see if it will remove a little more material.
When rounding off the edges to make the "octagon", apply even amounts of cuts on all edges to keep it symmetrical. For example, if the blank was bowed then you might be making 10-15 cuts on one edge but only 5-10 cuts on the opposite edge (as the plane is not catching as much material). Its useful to cut each edge a "set" amount of times, then inspect to the shape of the blank and correct for any imperfections. If needed, you can also use something to shim (such as a small piece of paper) under the jig, which will elevate the blank a bit higher. Also, please remember to have the jig set to the proper height setting (Green arm set to #3 setting and Red arm to #2 setting) and that you rest the blank all the way against the top edge of the jig (as this would affect the shape too).
Tell me about Sharpening of the iron
If you look at the factory iron, there is actually 2 different grinds applied to the iron. There is a 25* degree bevel and an additional 5* degree micro-bevel. The honing guide provided is set to 30* degrees and it's a user-friendly way to help users sharpen their iron, however it is not a foolproof method as it can affect your angle if not set & used properly. The honing jig can be used with sharpening stones to get a proper edge. The angle difference should not affect the planes performance, but please make sure to try to maintain the proper angle when sharpening.
Are there some woods that shouldn't be used for Chopsticks?
Wood Allergies can vary from person to person. For example, cocobola is mildly toxic so it would not be recommended as allergic reactions can vary for each person. Any domestic types of wood (such as maple, walnut, oak, cherry, etc.) should be relatively safe to use as these are commonly used materials for wooden kitchen products (spoons, bowls, cutting boards, etc). Just be more careful when experimenting with exotic woods. Here's a useful website for different types of wood and their allergic reactions. It will give you a general idea and explain all the different types of species of wood in great detail. Definitely a cool website!
A unique tabletop tool, the Chopstick Master™ is an all-in-one set that allows anybody, regardless of experience to make a pair of gallery-quality Chinese (5mm tip) chopsticks in minutes! Whether you are an experienced woodworker or someone that has never touched a tool in their life, the Chopstick Master is not only easy to use, it is also really fun!
- Everything you need in an all-in-one set.
- Compact design - all you need is a little countertop space!
- Perfect for all ages (recommended 8 and up).
- Easy to use, Easy to clean, Easy to store.
- Chopstick Master Jig
- HP-8 hand plane with Acetyl plastic skids and rocker
- 10 chopstick blank sets (20 pieces -3 different species)
- Empty Finishing oil bottle (Can be filled with any food grade oil)
- 10 Chopstick bags