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November 13, 2010

Cheese Saw

And this saw blade has Zero (0) teeth per inch.  Inspired by an artifact, this is a reproduction of an early cheese slicer.  On the original only the iron frame was extant, the wire and handle were missing.  I needed a cheese knife/slicer/saw, so I asked Mr. Schramm, Master Blacksmith to make one up.  And he made three, two of which I still have to handle.

I would normally make up all three at once, but I needed one for my kitchen so I went ahead and handled one up for myself.  I have several square tapered curly maple handle blanks, so I just grabbed one, marked the center and using a 1/4″ gimblet bit drilled a hole to the desired depth.  Then using a small 1/8″ chisel I worried the hole to a square taper.  I also used a 1/4″ chisel to flatten the inside cheeks then a small square file to finish up.

After I fit the handle, I used a small cold chisel to upset some barbs on the corners of the tapered tang.  I then gave the handle a coat of Hemp Seed Oil before driving the handle onto the tang.  At last something to do with all my piano wire.  I put the iron frame in a clamp and compressed it while I twisted the ends of the piano wire.  When I removed the clamp, the wire went taught.  When plucked I believe it is R sharp.

And it works on some hard Parmesan cheese.

Now it is on to handle the others and make a handle for that spatula as well.

Stephen

7 Comments »

  1. We have some excellent artisanal cheese makers in my area who sell at local Farmers Markets. What might one of these cost,if you’re interested in selling?

    Comment by Tico Vogt — November 13, 2010 @ 7:13 pm

  2. Tico,

    We are making these for sale for a holiday sale/show up at the Park. So more than happy to sell them, $65.00 finished, if you want to put on your own handle, a kit with the iron frame and wire is $45.00. Should fit in a flat rate box.

    Stephen

    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — November 14, 2010 @ 7:00 am

  3. That’s a pretty sweet cheese slicer. How long does it take to manufacture one of them?

    Comment by Cheese Slicer Guy — November 14, 2010 @ 12:38 pm

  4. Zero teeth per inch? Are you sure? It looks like one of those billion teeth per inch blades I’ve been seeing in all the fancy saw-blade stores.

    Comment by Ken Pollard — November 15, 2010 @ 6:24 pm

  5. Cheese Slicer Guy,
    Takes the blacksmith about an hour to make one. Takes me less than a half hour to handle it up and put on the ‘blade’.

    Ken,

    I will let you count them, I will send you a piece of the blade for analysis.

    Stephen

    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — November 19, 2010 @ 12:43 pm

  6. Where did you get the Piano Wire? What is the thickness/ gauge? I am interested in making one so just looking for some specs. Thanks for your time.

    Comment by Clay Hanna — November 23, 2010 @ 8:30 am

  7. Clay,

    Welcome, a piano manufacturer here in Utah closed down and the piano wire was heading for the dump. I gave it a home, about 150 pounds of 16,17,18 and 19 gauge wire {American Wire Guide}. Glad to send you some if you pay the postage.

    Stephen

    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — November 23, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

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