Maybe your scrap bin looks like mine: with lots of left over acrylic with seemingly useless odd shapes. Hate to throw it away…? Here’s a super simple project to make from such scraps: Toaster Tongs.!
In its simplest form, just laser cut a l-o-n-g rectangle out of 1/8" (GF Medium) acrylic. . (I made radiused corners and tapered sides) Then use a heater strip or heat gun to gently soften the acrylic in the middle and hand form into a curved tongs shape. Leave it slightly bird beak “open” to use the natural flex of the material as a spring. I etched a small circle as a locator to super glue on a strong mini magnet–the finished tongs stick to the toaster, ready for use!
(Maybe do a different version cut out of plywood with a multiple slit bending design? or a multiple part version with s
lot-together handle with separate blades…?)
.SVG file on request, but really…?!
I forget what’s the melting point of acrylic? I am not sure I want to poke a hot toaster with it?
No problem–unless you leave the tongs in the slot while the toaster is toasting.
Really nice! Simple and practical! well done!
Entertained! And it has kind of a retro vibe.
I going to make me Some Toaster Tongs Too… now think, think, think… Plastic toaster, duct tape, and a piece of acrylic, Glowforge, heat gun, butter and toast. I GOT THIS!!!
Thanks for posting something cool and inspirational for folks. I really think it’s a pretty sweet practical cut.
I’ll just add this idea for those who really want ot max out their ‘Waste Not’ merit badge: inside the disposable toothbrush heads of a Sonicare Toothbrush are some GREAT super strong mini magnets. Harvest them before you throw out the used brush heads. Bust them free with a pair of needle nose pliers and glue them to your toaster tongs.
Neat practical project! You could even engrave a few ridges on the inside tips of the tongs to give it a grippy surface.
Heck with a heat gun available all sorts of bowls and display bits are possible.
I like it lol, simple and useful, the best projects!