Bread Slicer

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Project by Woodwrecker posted 05-20-2012 04:24 PM 6773 views 14 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son is a really good bread baker.
And, tomorrow is my wife’s birthday.
Birthday present & justified shop fun!
Turn one big old oak board into a Bread Slicer!

A little jointing.

A little cutting.

A little measuring.
(14 slices, and it just worked itself out evenly to 1/2” each, plus a 1/8 kerf for the knife to pass through easily.)

Some shelf liner adhered to the bottom with spray adhesive so it doesn’t slide around on the kitchen counter.

And presto, a birthday present and some shop fun.

I didn’t use any glue and didn’t cover the screws with plugs in case one of the sides have to be replaced in the future. The fingers flex a little because of depth of cut, and I’m figuring some where down the road, one will probably give.
The General Finishes salad bowl finish really made the grain look nice.

(I will spare you my gift wrapping picture. No one should be subjected to that king of imagery ! LOL)

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

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#1 posted 05-20-2012 04:27 PM

Nice project! I feel like most of the bread I bake ends up failing because of inadequate cutting (aka didn’t wait for it to cool down before trying it). Great project, great gift!

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Jeremy Greiner

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#2 posted 05-20-2012 04:27 PM

Those slots aren’t nearly big enough to accommodate a chain saw. What do you mean normal people don’t slice bread with a chain saw?

That’s a great looking project, the finish really does bring out the oak grain nicely.


-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer:

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#3 posted 05-20-2012 04:33 PM

Good idea, Eric. I keep the idea for a bagle slicer though. Thanks for the seed!



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#4 posted 05-20-2012 04:34 PM

Uber cool! Gotta love those useful projects… :-)

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#5 posted 05-20-2012 05:09 PM

I love the smell of fresh baked bread in the morning!!

Great Job!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 05-20-2012 05:11 PM

This is really cool! She is going to love it! :)


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

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#7 posted 05-20-2012 05:31 PM

Serge: We had a bagel slicer in my office. We ran a Friday bagel club where different people brought bagels for all members of the club.

One person sliced their hand, ergo the bagel slicer.

Great design Woodwrecker. You just didn’t tell us how you cut the slots.

I’m making banana bread as I type.

See I didn’t post a non woodworking blog. I responded to a blog.

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

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#8 posted 05-20-2012 05:31 PM

What a great gift to your wife on her BD. The project is so good and useful that I will soon start making one for my wife too.


-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 05-20-2012 05:54 PM

Picture #5 shows the cuts on the band saw. One side, then the other.
That loaf you posted in your comment sure looks good!

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Jim Bertelson

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#10 posted 05-20-2012 05:59 PM

Pretty neat, Eric. We have an acrylic version from a while back, but that looks a lot more fun.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 05-20-2012 06:07 PM

Thanks I guess i didn’t look at all of the pictures.

It is pretty good. I’m on the forth slice. I’m baching it for 3 weeks and the bananas were over ripe. I smoked chickens and a brisket yesterday. So I’m building up my supply.

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

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#12 posted 05-20-2012 06:20 PM

My fondest childhood memories are of my mom baking home-made bread from scratch several times a week. (Scratch as in grinding her own wheat to make the flour, and no bread-maker appliances etc. All by hand.) House always smelled wonderful and we kids used to raid the kitchen as soon as she pulled them out of the bread pans. Tasted fantastic smothers in real butter.

My father liked to bake too. He made the BEST foundation bricks that any marble cutter and brick layer would envy. Almost always inedible. He couldn’t follow a recipe if his life depended on it. When we would find out dad was in the kitchen pretending to bake we (mom and kids) would bailed out of the house for a few hours till he got over that fit.

My dad gave one of these bread slicers to mom for a Christmas present after I got into the habit of cutting a “slice” off the loaf several inches thick.


-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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#13 posted 05-20-2012 06:33 PM

My wife bakes bread maybe every week, But her’s is usually flatter in shape. But it’s usually whole wheat and it doesn’t raise too fast.

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

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#14 posted 05-20-2012 06:47 PM

Great Idea other than working the wood baking is the other thing I really like to do. I’m going to have to make one of those for my kitchen.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#15 posted 05-20-2012 08:26 PM

That’s the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Good job.

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