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Forum topic by Matt Przybylski posted 01-06-2016 01:17 PM 445 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Matt Przybylski

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01-06-2016 01:17 PM

I’m trying to make a cheese slicer as seen here:

I’ve spoken with Mitch through email but he’s a busy man to track down and while I’ve gotten responses to my questions I’m still not 100% sure I’m understanding him correctly. What I’m trying to accomplish is the tensioning mechanism with the knob on top. I emailed him about this and this was his response:

“one end of the wire attaches to the coupler, the other end attaches to an 8-32 nut and screw which can either be threaded into a hole or left short to be used to clamp the end. the body of the slicer comprises of two pieces of wood glued together. one is bored to allow for coupler nut to slide, the other 1/4” thick piece on top has a 9/32” hole drilled for the thumb screw. make sense?”

Unfortunately it still doesn’t make sense to me as I don’t know how the wire is attached to the coupler, how the coupler is able to slide with regard to the knob, and in general really how to put this all together. I replied but have gotten no response and I don’t want to keep peppering him with questions so thought I’d post here to see if I can get some more ideas on how to do this or something similar to it.

I’ve thought about it a lot and even tried to epoxy the wire to a bolt to see if it would work and i was able to just rip the wire out of the epoxy (a silicone based epoxy so that its food safe which is probably not as strong as it should be).

I’m all out of ideas and need to figure something out as I’m trying to make this for my wife as our anniversary gift. Any thoughts or other ideas how to duplicate this would be greatly appreciated. I’m just not able to picture how this works at all :\

-- Matt, Illinois,

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#1 posted 01-06-2016 06:00 PM

The way I would do it is threaded the wire trough a hole in a metal all-thread rod (I’m guessing 1/4 inch in diameter) about 1/2 to 5/8 inch long with a tiny hole drill thru it. Thread the wire thru it and wrap it around about 3-4 turns.

Then I would make 2 wooden disks with a blind hole drilled and tapped to match the threads on the All-thread rod. Then I would screw them on tight around the wire. This would then slip into the open hole drilled into the body of the moveable arm.


I would make the rear disk the same as the front disk using all-thread but not drill a hole thru it. The wire would just slide around the all-thread rod.

For the tensioning I would again use an all thread rod that goes through from top to bottom of the arm and tap it to the same thread size. At the bottom of the rod I would again drill a tiny hole thru which the wire can be fed and wrapped a couple of times around it. At the other end attach a knob sandwiched between 2 nuts.

That’s my idea of how I would do it. Hope it helps.

Maybe I may make one of these … pretty cool. Hope you post your creation when done.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 01-07-2016 01:42 AM

@Tyvekboy: I’m kind of understanding what you’re saying but losing you in some parts. I guess this is my problem, I’m just having such a hard time trying to figure this out and written explanations aren’t doing me justice, lol. I think I need to re-think some of my approaches as I have not thought about holes through all-thread lengthwise, my prototype actually had a hole through it running with the threads and i tried to put it through the hole and made a cut into the threads (like a tap) where i put the wire so I could still move it freely in a coupler. I had attached the wire with a food friendly silicone epoxy but it just wasn’t strong enough and i was able to rip it out rather easily.

-- Matt, Illinois,

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