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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 CheeseSlicing.com. 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.
http://www.cheeseslicing.com/site/681068/page/924433

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.

Steve

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

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Great idea, i like it ;-))
 

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

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Ok Cheeze for the Holidays:)) cool boards
 

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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.

Steve
 

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Awesome project… Always looking for stocking stuffers.
 

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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.
 

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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 ?
 

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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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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 .
 

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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!
 

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