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.