Bread Slicer - Ambidextrous

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Project by joejt posted 12-06-2007 07:41 PM 9940 views 14 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About a year ago, I made this little project to use up some small cutoffs of maple. This is a quick project and makes a nice gift.

This Bread slicing miter box will make 30 degree slices from either side so it is useful in households with left-handers and right-handers.

The core of the design is an insert with a 30 degree knife slot and another insert for 90 degree cutting. The inserts are slid into dovetail slots in the back fence of the bread cutting “miter box”. The 30 degree insert is installed in one direction for left handers and flipped to the other direction for right handers.

It is finishd with mineral oil.

-- joejt

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#1 posted 12-06-2007 07:57 PM

Hmmm… I never thought of using a miter box as a bread slicer. :-)

But as a lefty, I do appreciate being able to use it from either side.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 12-06-2007 10:00 PM

it’s a dandy!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 12-06-2007 11:23 PM

Hmm…I wonder what would happen if I just used my miter saw for bread? Would I want an 80 tooth finishing blade on it? Or would it be okay to use something with a rougher cut.

If I hook it up to my dust collection system…I’m afraid of attracting rodents.

Two words: Lathe bread.

Okay…I’ll stop.

Cool project by the way. I never would have thought of it….

-- Scott, Austin-Texas...

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#4 posted 12-06-2007 11:53 PM

Just think of this as a variation of the breadboard. It is more closely related to the breadboard than it is to the miter saw.

Once you have sliced bread with this little tool, you will wonder how you lived without it.

You are right, bread crumbs in your dust collector will attract rodents (and ants). For that reason, I don’t have food in my shop.

When turning bread on your lathe, it should be in the very fresh stage, otherwise it makes a lot of crumbs. Don’t use the bowl gouge.

-- joejt

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#5 posted 12-07-2007 12:10 AM

Your bread slicer is really tickling my fancy. I think I want to make one with an adjustable stop for slice uniformity. Only woodworkers would think it as funny as I would…but hey….

-- Scott, Austin-Texas...

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#6 posted 12-07-2007 02:24 AM

Great project. A interesting angle on slicing bread.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 12-07-2007 03:10 AM

What a neat gift idea. Nice design of what appears to be a very useful kitchen appliance. By the way, does it have a drawer for the box of bandaides us clumsy need when using sharp knives?

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#8 posted 12-07-2007 05:05 AM

Very clever design. I usually just freehand my bread cuts.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 12-07-2007 01:31 PM

Actually, this is the perfect gift for someone who has everything, because nobody has one of these! I think this project is pretty cool and shows some real inventiveness. Would I buy one? Naw. Would I use one? Sure! You could get some pretty thin slices out of one of these. It would also make a unique bagel slicer by just adding some kind of bagel holding jig. I’d also go one step further by adding something “cutesy” to the backboard. Like tiles, or cut out heart shapes. Chicks dig “cutesy” stuff.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#10 posted 12-07-2007 09:11 PM

Great idea from someone who loves homemade bread. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 12-08-2007 06:58 PM

I usually buy my bread pre-sliced, then I can eat and go back to my sanctuary. But for those who use a micrometer to gauge the portion control of their carbs, this is the tool.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#12 posted 12-09-2007 03:16 AM

Thats a novel idea Joejt. I will keep it in mind for something for the relatives down the track or have you got it patented?.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 07-22-2008 04:26 PM

Wow ! This is just the gift that I can make for a bread lovin’ friends of mine birthday present ! Thank you for the great idea… all I need is to get a measurement from their breadknife as to the proper blade kerf to avoid as much tear out as possible and maybe that stop block that was mentioned earlier isn’t such a crazy thought after all : ) Thank you so much and have a wonderful day… is there a secret compartment that you stow the angle guides in when not in use ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#14 posted 07-22-2008 07:08 PM

You could make the base tall enough to hide the unused guide underneath. There is only one guide to be concealed. The 30 degree guide is flipped when going from left-handed use to right-handed use (so make only one of these).
I didn’t make a secret compartment, but a sliding dovetail channel can be made underneath or on the back side. Probably the easiest could be a sliding dovetail holder vertically on the back. That way a quick changeover would be facilitated.

Rather than a stop block, inlay a contrasting wood strip at 1/2” on each side of the slot. (Probably on the insert). The inlay also could be across the base. If the inlay strip is 1/4” wide, this creates a guide for 1/2” and 3/4” thick slices depending on which side of the inlay you line up. Also, it doesn’t compicate the use.

Creeping elegance can destroy the usefulness.

-- joejt

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