Chopstick Maker Set

15
$180 AUD

Please Note: Due to popular demand we anticipate a 2-week delivery time in getting this product to customers. 

Our chopstick-making jig is a massive hit wherever we go. Aside from turning out aesthetically beautiful and functional chopsticks, it is a great introduction into the world of woodworking, a great learning tool for understanding grain in timber, and a gentle way of acquainting oneself with the function of a Japanese plane.

We are fond of setting up a few jigs (as many as we can fit, really) at shows, festivals and markets and letting people run riot. Children find the process of making their very own chopsticks fun and achievable, and adults gain the same immense satisfaction from a project well done that all woodworkers are familiar with.

This kit includes a chopstick making jig, a 42mm Japanese plane, and 6 timber blanks - enough to make three pairs of chopsticks. If you have access to a band saw or table saw, rip down your preferred timber to 8mmx8mm blanks and cut to the length of the slot in the jig for an almost unlimited supply of chopsticks. If you don't have access to such machinery, we offer blanks for sale for use with this jig here.

For detailed instructions on using the jig, click here. Before its first use the plane will need to be setup - for detailed instructions on that process, click here. To keep your plane in optimal cutting condition, we recommend a 1000/3000 combination stone, which can be purchased here individually or here as part of a kit.

At JTA we are proud of our order turnaround times and work hard to ensure the best possible service. Our shipping policy has been developed to provide a fast, safe and environmentally sustainable shopping experience for all of our customers.

We are NOT a drop-shipping company and hold all of our stock in Sydney. We dispatch every weekday, and we are usually able to dispatch orders received before 1.30pm on the same day. If you urgently require your purchase to be dispatched on the day you order it we suggest that you call us or be sure to select express shipping at checkout to ensure we prioritise your parcel.

Shipping Charges:

We have revised our logistics systems to offer the best possible postage price to our customers. All prices are in $AUD. Dispatch within 24hrs of purchase.

Within Australia:

Regular Post: $8.00, tracking number emailed to you at dispatch

Express Post: $14.50, tracking number emailed to you at dispatch

Some thin and light items are able to be shipped at a letter rate of $3 (replacement saw blades, small rulers, abrasives and non slip mats, for example). Please note that letter rates are regular post only (no express) and are not available with tracking.

Within New Zealand:

We are now able to offer our New Zealand customers $15 flat-rate shipping on orders under 2kg.  For orders heavier than 2kg the following rates apply:

<2kg: $15

3kg: $24

4kg: $28

5kg: $32

Prices to Canada and US:

 

Express Courier International:

Estimated Delivery Time - 3-5 Business Days (to metro areas of major cities)

Flat Rate - AU$30 on orders up to 2kg (4.4lbs)

For orders over this weight:

<3kg: $56

<4kg: $63.40

<5kg: $70.75

For orders over 5kg in weight, please email us at info@japanesetools.com.au

Prices for all other international orders are calculated at checkout according to Australia Post’s standard rates.

Delivery Times:

From the date of dispatch we expect the following delivery times within Australia:

Regular Post: Within 3-5 business days (metro areas) or 4-8 busines days (remote areas)

Express Post: 1-2 business days (metro areas) or 3-6 business days (remote areas)

Plastic-free Policy:

Japanese Tools Australia is an environmentally conscious company and we endeavour to eliminate plastics in as many parts of our business as possible. Your purchase will be shipped in recycleable non-plastic materials, and we re-use cardboard and paper wherever possible in our shipping process.

Exceptions to plastic-free policy:

Unfortunately, we are required to dispatch some express items in pre-paid satchels and in such circumstances we have no choice but to use a plastic satchel. Please keep in mind these satchels are 100% recyclable. Our suppliers also use plastic in their packaging of some products, and we do not remove these protective measures before shipping. We are considering strategies to eliminate these two remaining sources of plastic in our shipping process. As many of our items are hand-made, they do not arrive to us or to you with extraneous packaging, though this is not the case for all of our products.

Breakage in shipping policy:

We pack our shipments in specialised materials to ensure that our customers find them in the same condition that we send them. If you receive your products in a damaged condition, please email info@japanesetools.com.au with your order number and photos of the condition of the products within a week of collection. If an item is deemed to have been damaged in transit we will replace it with like kind at no extra shipping cost to the customer.

If you are unhappy with the condition of your product and it has not been damaged in transit, please refer to our returns and exchanges policy. 

We stand behind the quality of our tools. If a tool is found to be faulty or damaged in transit, we will verify the issue with you, and offer a refund or exchange when the problem is brought to our attention within 30 days from purchase. If problems arise outside of this period this policy will apply at our discretion. Where a refund or exchange is agreed upon, we will mail you a paid addressed bag to return your items, verify their condition once we receive them, and then process a refund or mail the new item.

If a tool is purchased as a present or the purchaser changes their mind, we will exchange for stock of equal value or store credit when we are contacted within 2 weeks of the purchase. We ask that the customer covers the cost of shipping in these instances. We will take a payment for shipping over the phone, send you a paid addressed envelope, verify the goods' condition once we receive them, and then mail the new item.

If a tool is damaged through improper use, we encourage you to contact us. We may not be able to exchange the tool, but may be able to offer advice on technique or recommend a more appropriate tool. Where possible, we encourage our cutomers to ask us questions about our tools' use before they purchase them. We can be contacted at info@japanesetools.com.au or 02 9527 3870.

Sorry, we can't exchange gift cards.

Want to try this product? Come in to the JTA Showroom / Workshop in Kogarah Sydney and let our expert team show you the beauty of Japanese tools.

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10/22/2019
I recommend this product

Hey kids, hands off my tools!

Actually the truth is that I’ve been keen to get my kids spending more time in my workshop and using tools, and they’ve loved creating chopsticks and a pile of shavings. It’s a great set.

AH
Alan H.
Australia
07/02/2019

Fun jig. Needs careful setup.

Picked up my Chopstick Maker today from the post office. Overall a great fun jig that saves you a lot of time making chopsticks. The jig material is better than I expected - very well made with high quality wood. Whether it was mentioned under the item description and I missed it or it was not mentioned, here are few facts about this jig I want to mention: 1. Before using the plane, you need to set it up, and it may take longer than you expected. I'm only familiar with Stanley type planes and took me a while to figure out how after watching online videos. I didn't want to force the blade too much so I had to shave its path a little. The sole was quite flat and the blade just needed little sharpening. 2. The chopsticks came out very thin. Roughly 6/32 inch at the thick-end. Even for a Japanese style chopsticks, I thought they could be a little thicker. So I carved off and sanded the groove that the wood blanks go in. Now, the end comes out at around 9/32 inch, and also, I only used 1 & 2 side of the jig and shaved just a few passes on all 4 sides of the blank (instead of turning to 3 & 4 side). 3. I think JTA threw in some free blanks with the jig purchase, and I really appreciate it, but those blanks are just way too light to make reusable chopsticks. I made walnut and figured maple blanks using a band saw with a fence. Even the walnut chopsticks felt so light when they came out, but after a few coats of food grade oil, the weight felt somewhat right. I'll be making a lot of chopsticks with this jig. Thank you JTA.

JL
Johsua L.
06/10/2019

Set up right, fun

Once the plane itself was set (took longer but rewarding), the chopstick maker is a lot of fun – and the first venture for our 10 yo into making his own money :)

A Japanese Tools Australia  Customer
PV
Pascal V.
Australia
08/21/2018

Chopstick maker

It is a beautifully made jig , also the smoothing plane that comes with it has a really nice feel, and as it is my first plane I feel the jig actually helps you to get started with the small adjustments that need to be made to the blade. My only negative feedback would be that the jig only limits you to a standard size chopstick, as I like mine to be 40 to 60 mil longer. All in all a great jig to get started,

DL
Dino l.
05/01/2018

Chopstick Maker Jig Review

(It would be much appreciated if this review is not published on any social media. Thank you.) The package arrived promptly and in good condition. I love my jig; I would have love it more if not for the following: 1. I have difficulty setting up the plane as recommended in the instructions that come with the package. I managed to set the blade depth but not the chipbreaker as there was no instructions on this (or maybe I didn't understand fully what was written). Now I have a plane that works but with the chipbreaker not 'functioning'. Also, in the attempts to adjust the blade and the chipbreaker, I 'damaged' the back of the wooden plane with dents and marks. 2. I accidentally cut one of the timber blanks to 238mm instead of 240 and it could not be locked tightly in place in the jig, affecting the quality of the end product. Thus I would like to clarify this statement given in your website "There is some adjustability in the locking mechanism to allow for slightly shorter or longer lengths". What is the 'slightly shorter or longer lengths' that can be used with the jig? It would be good if this is stated more clearly so users can get the correct length from the start. 3. I had to find a saw to cut the timber blanks to length before I could put it in the jig. Since the jig only accepts blanks of a fixed length, it would be good if the blanks come cut to size and ready for use. This would greatly benefit those users who do not have a saw on hand.

LP
Lih P.

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Customer Reviews

4.9 Based on 15 Reviews
5 ★
87% 
13
4 ★
13% 
2
3 ★
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100reviewers would recommend this product Write a Review

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10/22/2019
I recommend this product

Hey kids, hands off my tools!

Actually the truth is that I’ve been keen to get my kids spending more time in my workshop and using tools, and they’ve loved creating chopsticks and a pile of shavings. It’s a great set.

AH
Alan H.
Australia
07/02/2019

Fun jig. Needs careful setup.

Picked up my Chopstick Maker today from the post office. Overall a great fun jig that saves you a lot of time making chopsticks. The jig material is better than I expected - very well made with high quality wood. Whether it was mentioned under the item description and I missed it or it was not mentioned, here are few facts about this jig I want to mention: 1. Before using the plane, you need to set it up, and it may take longer than you expected. I'm only familiar with Stanley type planes and took me a while to figure out how after watching online videos. I didn't want to force the blade too much so I had to shave its path a little. The sole was quite flat and the blade just needed little sharpening. 2. The chopsticks came out very thin. Roughly 6/32 inch at the thick-end. Even for a Japanese style chopsticks, I thought they could be a little thicker. So I carved off and sanded the groove that the wood blanks go in. Now, the end comes out at around 9/32 inch, and also, I only used 1 & 2 side of the jig and shaved just a few passes on all 4 sides of the blank (instead of turning to 3 & 4 side). 3. I think JTA threw in some free blanks with the jig purchase, and I really appreciate it, but those blanks are just way too light to make reusable chopsticks. I made walnut and figured maple blanks using a band saw with a fence. Even the walnut chopsticks felt so light when they came out, but after a few coats of food grade oil, the weight felt somewhat right. I'll be making a lot of chopsticks with this jig. Thank you JTA.

JL
Johsua L.
06/10/2019

Set up right, fun

Once the plane itself was set (took longer but rewarding), the chopstick maker is a lot of fun – and the first venture for our 10 yo into making his own money :)

A Japanese Tools Australia  Customer
PV
Pascal V.
Australia
08/21/2018

Chopstick maker

It is a beautifully made jig , also the smoothing plane that comes with it has a really nice feel, and as it is my first plane I feel the jig actually helps you to get started with the small adjustments that need to be made to the blade. My only negative feedback would be that the jig only limits you to a standard size chopstick, as I like mine to be 40 to 60 mil longer. All in all a great jig to get started,

DL
Dino l.
05/01/2018

Chopstick Maker Jig Review

(It would be much appreciated if this review is not published on any social media. Thank you.) The package arrived promptly and in good condition. I love my jig; I would have love it more if not for the following: 1. I have difficulty setting up the plane as recommended in the instructions that come with the package. I managed to set the blade depth but not the chipbreaker as there was no instructions on this (or maybe I didn't understand fully what was written). Now I have a plane that works but with the chipbreaker not 'functioning'. Also, in the attempts to adjust the blade and the chipbreaker, I 'damaged' the back of the wooden plane with dents and marks. 2. I accidentally cut one of the timber blanks to 238mm instead of 240 and it could not be locked tightly in place in the jig, affecting the quality of the end product. Thus I would like to clarify this statement given in your website "There is some adjustability in the locking mechanism to allow for slightly shorter or longer lengths". What is the 'slightly shorter or longer lengths' that can be used with the jig? It would be good if this is stated more clearly so users can get the correct length from the start. 3. I had to find a saw to cut the timber blanks to length before I could put it in the jig. Since the jig only accepts blanks of a fixed length, it would be good if the blanks come cut to size and ready for use. This would greatly benefit those users who do not have a saw on hand.

LP
Lih P.