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Chopsticks for the undexterous.

If you're all thumbs when it comes to using chopsticks, this simple woodworking project may help you save face the next time you confront a bowl of chow mein. Like giant wooden tweezers, these connected sticks don't require the dexterity that eludes so many chopstick beginners. You'll also find them handy for extracting toast from a toaster oven.

The chopsticks are made from two thin pieces of solid hardwood (we chose teak and walnut). You'll need a table saw, Cclamp, waterproof glue, and sandpaper.

Rip both types of wood to a 3/16-inch thickness. For each pair of chopsticks, rip one piece into two 3/16- by 3/16-inch sticks, 10 inches long. Rip the other into a short, inch-Wide Strip, 1 3/4 inches long. Sand smooth without rounding edges.

Glue the strip between the two sticks; clamp, wipe off excess glue, and let dry. Finish sanding, slightly rounding the glued end. Seal with mineral oil.
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