Say Cheese for the Holidays

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Project by SPalm posted 11-23-2009 03:11 AM 13660 views 161 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I always try to make some Christmas presents in the shop so I knocked out cheese slicers for the four kids and one for the wife unit. They are all kind of a variation of a theme, and from the same piece of cherry, so this is kind of cosmic. And they were fun to build. They are about 5 3/4 inches by 9 inches and 7/8 inches thick.

I found the mechanisms on the web at They are about $5 a pop. You can get them in chrome or black. They were nice to deal with and even offer deals for multiple purchases.

I needed to make some jigs to make the boards. First was a circle (semi-circle?) jig for the bandsaw. I used the miter gauge slot to hold the jig in place. I glued a fence to the pivot arm and clamped the pieces to it. The pivot point is about 16 inches from the blade and I think this gave a nice gentle curve. I kept track of pieces so I could reassemble them to get matching grain. I spent some time creating a matching sanding block, but found that I was able to do nice glue-ups without sanding any of the curves. Straight from the bandsaw to the clamps. I did the surface leveling after the glue dried with a thickness sander.

These boards need a 1/4 inch hole drilled into the rear corner. This is 3 inches deep, so I used a jig clamped to the drill press to keep everything vertical and true.

They also need a groove cut into them for the wire. This groove is about 3/16 inches wide. It goes almost all the way through at the rear of the board (so the wire can wrap around the handle) and just 1/8 inch deep at the front. I settled on about a 5 degree angle and used a sliding table on the bandsaw. I placed a scrap stick behind the board at the bottom to create this angle. The groove is 2 1/2 inches from the end. I clamped a stop block to be able to repeat this. I found that I needed about two saw curfs to create a good groove width.

They were sanded to 220 grit, coated with sanding sealer, and then oiled. I plan to add a couple more coats of oil, and silicon sticky feet before they go under the tree.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#1 posted 11-23-2009 03:28 AM

Really Neat idea. Hope you don’t mind if I copy this!

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#2 posted 11-23-2009 03:56 AM

Great idea, i like it ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 11-23-2009 05:13 AM

what part did you order? they all say replacement handle or cutting wire.

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#4 posted 11-23-2009 05:17 AM

Ok Cheeze for the Holidays:-)) cool boards


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#5 posted 11-23-2009 05:29 AM

Great idea, gift and well done!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#6 posted 11-23-2009 03:09 PM

I ordered the Black Replacement Handle Arm Assembly, Item Number PPR-101AB. But it looks like the chrome one, or the chrome arm and black handle would be the same dimensions (?).

Another little trick that I used for finishing was to stick a six inch dowel into the drill hole. Kind of like a Popsicle. Then I was able to clamp these into a vise during drying, allowing me to finish all sides at once. It looked pretty silly with all five of them sticking up around the shop. I only have four vises, so I even clamped one upside down into the drill chuck.


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#7 posted 11-23-2009 08:47 PM

Very cool

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#8 posted 11-24-2009 07:27 PM

Awesome project… Always looking for stocking stuffers.

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#9 posted 11-30-2009 12:41 AM

Very cool gift! I like it! I have a box of exotic wood given to me with pieces around 16 – 24 inches long it ould be perfect.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 01-27-2010 01:53 AM

Thank you for all of the great pictures and links that you’ve provided , Steve !
Those are some very artistic cheese slicers…....did you have any problems getting the feet to stick after oiling the boards ?

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

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#11 posted 01-27-2010 03:30 AM

Feet stick? I don’t know, I just make ‘em and give ‘em away. I suppose I should use something other than silicon sticky feet, but they are easy and grab the counter so well. I do clean the corners of the boards with mineral spirits before applying. They do seem to stick when they leave the shop.


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#12 posted 01-28-2010 10:49 PM

I’ve always used the rubber feet that get screwed onto the board , replacing the standard screws with Stainless Steel ones , to prevent rusting if someone does not dry their board properly. Maybe next time I will give your style a try : ) Thanks for the feedback .

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

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#13 posted 08-13-2010 05:55 PM

Great explanation and pics. While reading this I was surprised on how much thoought went into this. Great work and should help all of us who chose to make them. Thanks Spalm good to see your work again!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 02-23-2011 08:08 PM

i just want to warn people and tell them these parts are for a right handed cheese slicer… not a lefty. I learned the hard way last night :P

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#15 posted 05-03-2012 08:55 PM

What a gr8 way to cut the cheese. Very nice and gooda

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