Bagel - Bread Slicer

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Bagel-Bread Slicer Completed
I’ve always loved bagels, and my wife enjoys baking bread occasionally in our bread maker.  So I had this idea(not entirely original) to make a box that would allow us to cut both more easily.  I made this bagel – bread Slicer slicer from a single oak board, but I suppose any hard wood would do just fine.  If you decide to finish this make sure you use a food safe finish.  I used a product called Salad Bowl Finish, but there are certainly others out there.  This is a great beginner project if you’re new to woodworking.  It’s also a great one afternoon type of project as well.

For this project I also have a short video and free project plan over at my blog site at:


Not a lot for this one.  I used a single board that I was able to pickup at Lowe’s.

  •  1/2” x 6” x 4’ – Oak Board (I used Oak, but any hardwood should do)

Milling & Assembly

Bagel-Bread Slicer Rough Cuts
Bagel-Bread Slicer Pieces
I was able to cut all of the boards used in my project with a table saw.  There are only four sides to this box, and nothing complex about this.

Bagel-Bread Slicer Rounding Markup
Bagel-Bread Slicer Slot Markup
For cutting the rounded sides I first taped my side boards together using painters tape.  I used the Quick Corners Set marking tool to help with that.  After that I flipped over the boards and marked out my slot cuts for the knife to pass through.  I inset it in 1 inch and then cut a total of 6 slots every 1/2 inch.

Bagel-Bread Slicer Bandsaw Cuts
Bagel-Bread Slicker Bandsaw
To cut off the rounded areas I used a band saw.  I also used my band saw to cut the slots into the boards.  I had to make two passes for each slot to get the desired width needed for the knife to pass through.

Bagel-Bread Slicer Clampup
For Assembly I glued up all of my sides using a waterproof glue.  I then clamped it  up and finished it off with a few brads for extra support.


Bagel-Bread Slicer Finishing
To finish this, I sanded all of my boards using a medium and then fine grit sandpaper.  To seal the boards I used a food safe finish called Salad Bowl Finish I applied five coats to mine to ensure it will be protected for years to come.

-- Daris, Indianapolis,

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#1 posted 03-11-2013 03:21 PM

Cool idea. Thanks for sharing.
I made something similar for one of the kids. Mine was more like a miter box. First suggestion from him was to add a narrow, shallow saw cut on the base along the cut lines. That way the knife will cut all the way through the bread/bagel before it contacts the base.

-- tomsky

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#2 posted 03-11-2013 03:28 PM

Interesting idea,I just wonder how well red oak will hold up to getting wet when cleaned frequently even with the finish ?

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 03-11-2013 03:43 PM

Cool idea and nice job. I like the concept but I would be afraid the strips between knife slice slots would be very vulnerable to break with the grain going the way you have it.

-- Mark, Newton, NC.

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#4 posted 03-11-2013 04:02 PM

Hmm, I don’t know Mark. Hah, I hadn’t thought of that. I’ve had this in the kitchen for a week now. We’ve used it for bagels so far. Seems to be holding up. I guess time will tell.

-- Daris, Indianapolis,

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#5 posted 03-11-2013 04:07 PM

It’s a miter box for bread!


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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#6 posted 03-11-2013 04:36 PM

Nice project. Great post with all the pictures and information.

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#7 posted 03-11-2013 07:18 PM

I don’t think slots would weaken the wood much. I have a bread cutting board made from 1/2” maple and over the years the knives have really worn away at the wood in some cases by at least 1/8”, but it’s still fine. It’s not like the wood is being put through a lot of flexing stress.

In any event, the slot can be really shallow and still accomplish its goal. Probably 1/16” would be sufficient.

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#8 posted 03-11-2013 11:09 PM

Hah, your right RMAC, it does resemble a miter box. LOL…

-- Daris, Indianapolis,

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