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Chopstick Master Version 2

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Quick Overview

The Chopstick Master allows anybody, regardless of experience, age 8 and up, to make a pair of gallery quality chopsticks.

The Chopstick Master™ includes the following:
•  Chopstick Master Base Unit
•  Red Arm for 5mm Chopsticks
•  Removable Bench Hook with Leg & Adjustable Stop
•  (2) Red Clamping Wedges
•  Sharpening Abrasive Strip
•  Mini Block Plane with Adjustable Depth Skids
     and Pivoting Depth Sled
•  30° Mini Honing Guide for Plane Iron
•  (10) Fabric Chopstick Sleeves
•  (4) Cherry Chopstick Blanks
•  (4) Maple Chopstick Blanks
•  (4) Padauk Chopstick Blanks
•  (4) Walnut Chopstick Blanks
•  (2) Ceylon Iron Wood Chopstick Blanks
•  (2) Teak Chopstick Blanks
•  Food Grade Chopstick Oil

Optional accessories such as the Green Arm for 2mm Chopsticks and Chopstick Master Gift Box are available to purchase separately.

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Product Description

We are pleased to introduce version 2 of the Chopstick Master and it is the best deal we have ever offered in our 33-year existence. How did we do it?

John Economaki, our founder and inventor of the Chopstick Master recently invented a device called the Pivoting Depth Sled, and it makes cutting the diamond finial on the end of the chopsticks so easy, we don’t believe these cuts can be improved upon. See for yourself in this short video:


The Pivoting Depth Sled provided a way to eliminate a number of components of version one and timing on its completion could not be better.

My Thoughts on the Chopstick Master™ by John Economaki

I have been designing tools full-time for over 32 years and can honestly say that nothing in my past prepared me for the reception of this tool. The whole story is crazy and you can read how this amazing tool came to be here.

What I realized, completely serendipitously, is that we live in a culture that is craving something more than what technology provides. We now have two generations of Americans who likely were never exposed to Industrial Arts in their education. Nobody knows how to make anything anymore and it’s no surprise that some of the best paying jobs in America are plumbers and electricians.  I know of kids who had to call AAA because they had no clue how to put the spare tire on their car. Looking back, I wish it was mandatory that boys were exposed to home economics. I also know of one young teenager, who when informed by her father that her checking account was over drafted responded by saying, “That is impossible Dad, I still have checks.” My own grown son recently told me that he will never forgive me for not teaching him furniture making. When I reminded him of his youthful comment that “people who work with their hands are stupid,” he said “I shouldn’t have listened to him.” That is one person who is not getting a family discount from Bridge City!

And the same thing is true in China. Nobody knew how the ubiquitous chopstick was made, and I too was clueless until this little tool popped out of my head.

Between March and August of 2015, over 1,000 pair of chopsticks have been made. The response of the makers, whether here in the U.S, China, or Taiwan is simply pure joy.  I have never been associated with any tool that simply makes people feel this good about themselves. And it just may be that during this process, people are rediscovering the enriching experience of “making”.  It sure beats being addicted to Facebook.

“What a cool thing, to make perfect and beautiful chopsticks on the first try. In this 'digital world' it’s so nice doing something fun by making and using something that is real.” 
- R. West, St. Paul, MN

“The Chopstick Master is so much fun it literally tricked some dinner guests into becoming woodworkers. They still send me selfies of them eating with their chopsticks (burritos, with chopsticks, really?), and I won’t be surprised if two of them come back for woodworking lessons.” 
- Christopher Schwarz, Ft. Mitchell, KY

The Chopstick Master™ allows anybody, regardless of experience, age 8 and up, to make a pair of gallery quality chopsticks. What I mean by that is they are flawless. Each chopstick starts out as a 270mm x 7mm square blank. When complete, 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 status to professional and I assure you, nobody has seen this done more efficiently or more accurate, particularly by someone with ZERO woodworking skills. 

In other words, it is possible for one’s very first woodworking project to be perfect. I certainly cannot make that claim and I doubt many can.

“The people behind the Chopstick Master have thought of everything needed to make this remarkable, well-made device something the whole family can enjoy.”  
- R. Bare,  Preston, CT

“Perfect diamond cuts on the end – I am really impressed, this thing is so much fun. The Chopstick Master™ is even higher on the instant gratification list than turning – this is addictive!  
- Konrad Sauer, Ontario, Canada 

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. I have seen chopsticks in both China and Japan that are well north of $500.  They make terrific gifts.

For those of you who shy away from using chopsticks, I believe that if you made your own, the impetus for use will overcome current inabilities. Chopsticks are fun and much more graceful than stabbing your food with a fork.  And with proper care, a single pair can last a lifetime.

“We hosted a chopstick making party and all our guests were non-woodworkers. Who knew you could make grown men and women so happy by building chopsticks – we had loads of fun!”  
- M. Garahi,   Denver, CO

 The Chopstick Master™ is a professional tool with an all metal base and is designed to last multiple generations. And to see first-hand the joy I have described above, I invite you to host an Asian food themed party where your guests make their own chopsticks or “they go home hungry.”  I have hosted five such parties this summer and the results are identical – it is a giant fun fest!  I guarantee you will have hosted one of the most fun and memorable dinner parties your friends have ever experienced.

When you ponder the price of the Chopstick Master™, ponder this: we have sold thousands of the HP-8 Mini Block Plane that is included in this kit for $249 and up. The Chopstick Master™ is the best tool value we have ever produced, and clearly the most fun tool you will ever use.

5 Year Limited Warranty
Fine Tools, LLC, or any of our authorized dealers, warrants to the original retail purchaser that the Chopstick Master™ tool shall be free from defects in material and workmanship for five years from the date of purchase.

This warranty shall be limited to the cost of repair or replacement of the defective item, at Fine Tools' or an authorized dealer's option, and shall not include incidental or consequential damages. Some states do not allow the exclusion of or modification of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.




Please note as well that the plane that comes with this unit is compatible with the 1st version of the Chopstick Master (2015), however, the earlier version is not compatible with this unit.


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). The Chopstick Master 2015 (the original) comes with both the red arm as well as the green arm for making Japanese Chopsticks (2mm).


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.).


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.


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.

Customer Reviews

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  1. Chopstick Master Review by Hammer

    I thought for years riding in a UH34D being chauffeured around,was the most fun you could have with your clothes on,But this fun tool proved that wrong.I carve Bowel's large mostly and it gets to be work,this is fun relaxing and friends and family love the Chopsticks,I have already started cutting my own blanks,as I have lots of small pieces of exotic and rare wood,like American Chestnut,now I will use those scraps for Chopsticks. The Tool Is top shelf in material and workmanship,hope to have a few years of enjoyment with it,before Arthritis and age sinks me.Thanks For the great tool (Posted on 8/25/17)

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