Man invents chopstick-making kit for home use


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/05/23/man-invents-chopstick-making-k.html


#2

Is making your own set of chopsticks considered rude if you do it in the restaurant?


#3

I think homemade chopsicks have been a thing for thousands of years…?


#4

I’m pretty sure if you were selling chopsticks at 10 dollars a pop you’d be laughed at a lot.


#5

Right? Pretty much completely defeats the purpose ^^’ .


#6

Five things you should never do when eating in Japan

Why does BB refer to “you” instead of, for instance, “people”?

The community guidelines seem to discourage making things personal:

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But, remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

• Name-calling.
• Ad hominem attacks.

Remember, it is not all about “you”. There are also individuals, some, anybody, the average person, etc. A whole range of linguistic possibilities which allow for referring to a hypothetical person without first resorting to jabbing one’s finger in their eye.


#7

Indeed!  


#8

To me that set looks like a beginning hobbyist kit for the blossoming sport of modern miniature benchtop crossbow archery.

The kit comes with a top quality CNC machined accurized crossbow made of 6061-T6 alloy, a maintenance set (with a bottle of fluoropolymer rail lubricant) and a generous selection of bolt stock. Individual bolt covers provided for no extra charge!

Naturally you have to make your own bow string (jig sold separately) and bolts to be taken seriously. Selection of the right wood type for you shooting style is crucial and a very personal choice. Remember, tree pedigree is key to national level performance!

I am looking forward to seeing you in one of our monthly Yahoo group meetups!


#9

Not at Fyre Festival.


#10

High-end chopsticks are actually a thing.

http://www.memorablegifts.com/gifts/pc/Silver-and-Black-Chopstick-Gift-Set-p1579.htm

https://www.ebay.com/p/?iid=222479759446&&&chn=ps


#11

Yes…I have a couple of fancy sets. They’re useless in practicality.
The high lacquer or even the highly smooth finished one makes them difficult to use because food tends to slip off them.
And sometimes the lacquered one have an after taste…a lacquery taste.

Even the basic plastic square ones are more practical to use.


#12

But these are artisanal chopsticks! Locally produced! And (perhaps) from sustainable wood!


#13

So, I got an idea that a bigger than average pair of chopsticks might suit my hands and carved a pair without any of the fancy jigs in this video. It took a heck of a long time for something that looks so simple.


#14

They mean you, the viewer of the video, should not do the following. But, come to think about it, you sound very defensive. How many of them have you done?


#15

That would be making general principles into a personal problem!

That would be making general principles into a personal problem!

That would be making general principles into a personal problem!


#16

I HAVE MIGHTIER NEEDS


#17

So they should have talked in vague tone, and not directed to the viewer of the video?


#18

now if it had a mini wood-miser band saw lumber mill you could feed sticks and boards into in order to make the blanks then i’d be sold.


#19

Disposable chopsticks are waaay more work than one would imagine.
From the Japanese version of How It’s Made


#20

It IS a bargain. Just have a look what a typical tool from Bridge City Tools costs. And here you are getting a plane, a gizmo for holding blanks and a primitive version of their iconic jointmaker. NO! It does not make that kind of joint :wink:
My favorite is http://www.bridgecitytools.com/default/tools/what-s-new/jmpv2-jointmaker-pro.html . I would buy one in an instant for my shop. If it did not cost $1500. For that price you can have high quality bench-top lathe with a “Z axis” for your cross-carriage for milling.

What you see in the video linked in a BB post is chopsticks maker version one. They have version two that doesn’t use saw to cut the end to the “diamond” shape. And of course they sell accessories for it. http://www.bridgecitytools.com/default/tools/what-s-new/chopstick-master-version-2.html
It is a shame you have to use precisely machined blanks (7x7x275mm) to “make” a pair of chopsticks. It would be much more impressive if you could start with a rough piece of wood chopped off with an axe.