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 5 mm Chinese chopsticks and 2mm Japanese chopsticks. This original design utilizes a Japanese blade to form the finials on the end of the Chopsticks.
The Chopstick Master Version 1 is made primarily of anodized aluminum parts. 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
16.1 x 8.25 x 3.35
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) is sold separately.
Chopstick Master Base Unit. Red Arm for 5mm Tip (Chinese) Chopsticks. Green Arm for 2mm Tip(Japanese) Chopsticks. Red Acrylic Clamping Wedges. Mini-Block Plane with Acetyl Depth Skids & Pivoting Sled. Japanese Blade. 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 size chopsticks can I make with the Chopstick Master 2015, Version 1 (the original)?
You can make both Chinese Style (5mm) and Japanese Style (2mm) chopsticks with the Chopstick Master 2015, Version 1. The kit comes with a red arm for making Chinese Style Chopsticks which are a 5mm octagonal tip. It also comes with a green arm for making Japanese Chopsticks which are a 2mm octagonal tip. The Chopstick Master Version 2 comes with the Red Arm and you can buy the Green Arm as an accessory.
How many chopstick master blanks come with the Chopstick Masters?
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.
What if I run out of chopstick master blanks. 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, Wenge and Padauk. (Depending on availability.).
Can I make my own chopstick blanks?
Yes. Each chopstick starts out at 270mm x 7mm square. There are videos on the internet explaining how to make your own blanks.
Why would I use the 50° Honing Guide?
If you are making your own blanks out of scrap bin or if you run across wood with difficult grain encounters.
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. The flat arm is sold separately.
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.
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!
The Chopstick Master™ allows anybody, regardless of experience, age 8 and up, to make a pair of gallery quality ,Chinese Chopsticks (5mm) and Japanese Chopsticks (2mm). Each chopstick starts out as a 270mm x 7mm square blank. When completed, it becomes a gracefully tapered chopstick that is square on the outboard end and transitions to an 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 Japanese blade which is mounted on the side of the Chopstick Master™. 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 an all metal base and is designed to last multiple generations.