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Blog entry by Mary Anne posted 1433 days ago 7197 reads 53 times favorited 58 comments Add to Favorites Watch

How could I pass up the opportunity to make a blog with a title like that?

Here is the finished project, a cheese slicer:

Thanks to SPalm for the original idea, blog, and parts source for making these cheese slicers. I offer this blog up because I used some slightly different methods in creating mine. Thanks to degoose for his “drunken” cutting board design that was the inspiration for my design. I think mine goes beyond merely drunken to wasted. Thanks to poroskywood for offering beautiful curly maple at a reasonable price. And thanks to all LJs for making my woodworking journey less solitary and so much more fun.

To paraphrase Hillary… it takes a village of LJs to cut the cheese.

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Start with a board, plain or any design you choose, measuring approximately 5.75” x 9.75” x .75”.

Step 1—about 1/2” from the edge, drill a 1/4” hole 3” deep. It is important to get it straight (I found that out the hard way!) A drill press would work best, but mine is only a benchtop model and not big enough. I improvised by using my lathe as a horizontal drill press. I would recommend building a jig to get the right height and hold your workpiece flat and parallel instead of a wobbly stack of wood like I used. “Do as I say, not as I do!” LOL

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Now over to the CSMS. Adjust it so it will only cut about 1/4” into your wood.

And make a slice into your board 2.75” from the end where you drilled the hole. Depending on your blade, you may need to make a couple of passes to accommodate the slicing wire.

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Next, take it to the band saw and make a 3/4” through cut that lines up with the slice you just made. Again, depending on your blade, you may need to make 2 or 3 cuts to make it wide enough for the slicing wire to easily fit. Do this on the same side you drilled the hole. This is where you will attach the handle.

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Sand off the sharp edges or shape to suit you. I routed all edges with a round over bit on my router table.

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Treat the board with your favorite food safe finish. I used plain mineral oil, but I think salad bowl finish might be a better choice for durability and less maintenance.

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Assemble the handle and wire, add some feet if you want, and you’re ready to cut the cheese!

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I enjoy good cheese and I eat it often, and I really, really like this slicer. It is simple, attractive, and does a better job than anything else I have used. These would make great gifts! I made this the day before I left for my beach vacation and liked it so much I took it with me and used it every day for my afternoon snacks.

*Parts can be found here at cheeseslicing.com



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Hacksaw007

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#1 posted 1433 days ago

A very nice looking cheese board! You are just amazing. I bet the racoon enjoyed the cheese?

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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SPalm

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#2 posted 1433 days ago

WooHoo. A hardy congrats to you.

These guys do really make nice gifts, and yes, they are one of the best cheese slicers I have ever used.

You are quite the clever girl with the operations. Good for you.
Smells good too,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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BritBoxmaker

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#3 posted 1433 days ago

I like the pattern. Could you tell me what kind of cheese was used in the demo pic,lol. Nice one Mary Anne.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Mary Anne

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#4 posted 1433 days ago

Hacksaw
Yep, the raccoon enjoys a cheese snack now and then. If you look at the last pic you can see a black and white paw and nose of another of my “helpers” in the kitchen.

SPalm,
Thanks, Steve. They really are wonderful slicers. I still have to make a Swiss style one like yours. Love that one!

BritBoxmaker,
I don’t know, I think the pattern looks a little cheesy compared to your impossibles. LOL
That was a limited edition Dutch double creme spring cheese. Mighty tasty! :)

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patron

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#5 posted 1433 days ago

i think grizz is the expert
at
cutting the cheese

beautiful board !

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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closetguy

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#6 posted 1433 days ago

I like the board pattern. Pretty neat.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design changes....www.dgmwoodworks.com

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degoose

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#7 posted 1433 days ago

I think extra credit should go to Scott Porosky for taking my drunken chessboard and making his Alice in Wonderland design.. and thanks to MaryAnne for posting her version of all our designs combined into one very favourable piece.
I have not yet made one but I think it is time for a DRUNKEN Lazy Larry… keep watching this space..
cheers.
Larry

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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whitedog

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#8 posted 1433 days ago

Very cool … another one for my list.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 1433 days ago

Beautiful board, Mary Anne. It is a nice design and really looks good.

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Mary Anne

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#10 posted 1433 days ago

patron
Grizz and his chili is good competition, but I once earned the Fartiste title in the crepitation contest.

Thanks, closetguy. It’s a pretty easy pattern to do on a bandsaw… just a couple of glue ups.

degoose,
Hey, Larry, can you tell that I made the pattern from memory of what I thought you and Scott had done? Either that or I was a bit more drunk than either at design time. LOL

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Mary Anne

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#11 posted 1433 days ago

Thanks, Sheila. You could probably do this with a scroll saw, couldn’t you? How limited are you on thickness with the scroll saw?

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Mary Anne

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#12 posted 1433 days ago

Give it a try, whitedog, they are handy little boards to have around or give as gifts.
Fun to make, too!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#13 posted 1433 days ago

I was thinking about that, Mary Anne. I would like to give one of them a try. But I would probably have to cheat and cut double layers and make two of them :)

Part of me wants to give it a try one day. I love all the boards I see here and I LOVE cheese! Maybe this will get me going to try one. (after I butcher my shoe!) LOL

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Mary Anne

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#14 posted 1433 days ago

scrollgirl,
It is not cheating! To make this design you would layer the light and dark woods together when you make the cuts and end up with two boards. Maybe I should blog the board design, too?

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ellen35

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#15 posted 1433 days ago

What a great project, Mary Anne! I love the design and the tutorial is pretty easy to follow.
We have so many “teachers” on LJ… we are so fortunate here.
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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