Chopstick Stand & Rests


Asian food and the use of chopstick are becoming more and more popular, friends of ours recently spent time in Japan and came back totally hooked on the whole Asian food experience.  They brought back some very impressive Chopsticks that are far to good to be hidden away in a draw, so we came up with the idea of a display stand, similar to the stands used for a Samurai Sword.


The Stand & Rests are both laminated using 2 dark and 1 light wood, the design details within the Stand are cut out first, the three woods are then laminated together. The Kanji (Japanese characters) scrolled out within the Base represent “Happiness – One happiness scatters a thousand sorrows” we thought quite apt as sharing food with others is usually a happy occasion, you could of course use any Kanji you wish or any other design that pleases you.


Material list

Chopstick Stand

Base – 3 x 190mm x 45mm x 2mm (2 dark wood, 1 light)

Roof – 3 x 190mm x 55mm x 2mm (2 dark wood, 1 light)

Sides – 2 x 170mm x 60mm x 6mm (dark wood)


Chopstick Rests

1 x 18mm x 18mm x 45mm (laminate 3 x 6mm x 18mm x 45mm – optional)


01.  Getting started – Chopstick Stand

First make 2 copies of the roof pattern and 1 each of the base and side panels.

Prepare the surfaces of your chosen wood by sanding the outer surfaces only, adhere strips of the extra wide masking tape prior to attaching the patterns, this does make the pattern much easier to remove.


02.  Using a 1.5mm drill bit, drill all the blade pilot holes in the roof and base sections.



03.  Set the Scrollsaw with a small No.3 blade and carefully remove the inner cuts of the kanji within the base section.



04.  Then cut the short line detail within the roof working along the line from left to right, make the first cut into each line down the left hand side, thus finishing the cut on the right side, this will help to support the rest of the piece as you work to the end. 


05.  Sand the underside to remove the bur as you go, to keep everything nice and flat.



06.  Leave the long cut at the top of the roof until last, again this will help support the piece until the very last cut.



07.  Once all the inner cuts have been made, cut approximately 6mm around the out side of the pattern, when the roof and base are laminated together they can then be cut as one.


08.  Cut along the top of the roof section to remove the scalloped detail, as the scalloped detail is only seen on the lighter wood that is in the middle of the lamination.


09.  Next cut around the scalloped detail at the top of the lighter middle section of the roof.


10.  then as before cut around the outer edge leaving a 6mm gap.


11.  Use the cut out base and roof sections with their patters still attached, to trace around the prepared remaining woods to complete the laminations.


12.  Remove the pattern from the middle (light wood) section of the roof before laminating.


13.  Apply an even layer of glue and then laminate the base and roof piece together, remove any glue that may have oozed out within the cut out detail


14.  Check as you clamp that the pieces do not slip out of alignment and then leave to dry.


15.  Meanwhile, secure the 2 side panels together with masking tape and attach the pattern, then set the scrollsaw with a No.5 blade before cutting around the perimeter.


16.  Once the base and roof sections are dry, cut around the outer edge.


17.  Than remove the patterns and masking tape.


18.  Using a fine grade sandpaper 320grit, lightly round over the edges to give that finished look.


19.  Check the fit, the base and roof sections should fit snuggly into each of the side panels, make any adjustments if needed.

Apply a finish of your choice; we applied 2 coats of a clear Liquid Polish, giving a good buff in-between.


20.  To make the Chopstick Rest’s

First fold the pattern along the dotted line and then attach it to the prepared wood.


21.  Using the same No.5 blade, cut along one side of the pattern retaining the pieces as you go, reposition the cut pieces and secure them with masking tape, turn the piece over and cut along the other side of the pattern.


22.  Once both sides of the pattern are cut out, cut through each pattern to make the individual rests.




FREE Pattern downloads


23.  Apply a finish of choice; we applied 2 coats of Tung Oil, letting it dry thoroughly between coats.


It makes a great gift, hope you agree :-)


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