Wood Cheese Slicer

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Introduction: Wood Cheese Slicer

This was one of those back burner projects that we had always had on our list, but just never really got around to making it. One of those, "let's just see if we can make it" type projects. The idea was to make a wood cheese knife and I think we achieved what we were aiming for.

Check out the video we made to go with this project.

What you might need (materials):

  • Two types of wood
  • Dowel
  • Wood Glue
  • Some kind of finish
  • Food safe finish
  • Masking tape

Tools:

  • Various Sanders
  • Band saw or scroll saw
  • mallet
  • drill

Step 1: Creating the Pattern

We just created our pattern on the fly. We roughed out a shape on one sheet of paper and then transferred it to another piece. The second time we ran the pattern from corner to corner on the paper to make it longer. Then we transferred that to our first piece of wood.

Note: these pieces of wood were already about 1/4" - 3/8" thick.

Step 2: Rough Cuts

We cut the inner sections out with the scroll saw. These areas are both decorative and will help whatever is being cut to release from the blade more easily.

All of the outer cuts were done on the band saw. We made sure we stayed on the outside of the line when doing this. We will sand up to that line in the next step.

Step 3: Sanding and Shaping

We used the disc and belt sanders to shape the knife up to the lines we had created. We also spent some time thinning the stock of the blade and also adding a slight edge to it.

Step 4: Scales

After we had the shape we were happy with, we cut out the knife's scales. This is the outer shell of the handle. We just simply traced the handle of the first piece onto a second piece of wood and then made a pair of scales. We cut these out on the band saw.

Step 5: Attaching the Scales

We lined everything up and drilled some holes for the pins that will help give the handle its bulk and rigidity. We used wood glue to hold it all together and tapped pieces down onto the dowels with a rubber mallet. This worked out pretty well. You could also use clamps in this step.

Step 6: Final Shaping and Clean Up

We sanded down the remainder of the handle so that everything was flush. We then rounded over all the edges of the handle using a rotary too drum sander.

Step 7: Finishing

We taped off the blade with masking tape and sprayed the handle with a few coats of spray lacquer. Once that was dry we applied a few coats of cutting board finish to the blade. This is a food safe finish and worked wonderfully.

Step 8: All Done!

It's not the sharpest knife in the world, but it works pretty well for cutting cheese and I would assume other like foods. In the end, we set out to make something specific we had in our minds and ended up with something we were pleased with.

Hopefully, you had some fun seeing how this was made. Even more so, we hope it inspired you to make something. If you have any questions or would like to weigh in on what might have worked better, feel free to do so in the comments. If you didn't get a chance, make sure you check out the video. We would greatly appreciate it.

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    is tulip poplar ok for the cheese knife?

    Looking forward to getting started on this. Christmas 2018

    Cool project, looks really nice, however, how did you sharpen the wood blade.

    Thanks. Just angled it on the belt sander.

    Cool, I wonder how sharp you could get a wood knife on a whetstone.

    You can use sandpaper to get them sharp enough to be dangerous. But you should start with a hard closed porous wood like hard maple or beech or walnut. Or even better would be a rosewood, Jatoba or Bubinga would make a longer lasting edge. They are great for letter openers.
    I made a batch a few years ago, I started with some maple offcuts that were about 1/4 x 1 x 24". I glued some short pieces at the center of the maple and then cut them in half to get two knives which I shaped on the belt sander. I think I made a dozen of them in an hour or two.

    Here is one I sold on Etsy

    You would need to use a very hard type of wood to get a sharp edge on the blade. In Western Australia we have some of the hardest woods, Slow growing desert trees like Jam, Western Mayal, Gimlet to name a few.

    Ebony is 1 that ive tried thats hard and will do.

    Might want to be careful, some species of wood are toxic.

    only if you ingest it. so dont eat the knife.