It may be more convenient to buy pre-sliced loaves of bread, but you can save money by baking your own. Plus, you'll have the smell of freshly baked bread wafting through your home. Or you may prefer to purchase artisan loaves from a local bakery. Either way, to cut even slices at home you'll need a guide. With a wooden bread slicer you can make yourself and a long serrated knife, you can evenly space your cuts for uniform bread slices.
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Things you need
- Wood craft board, 1/2-inch by 6-inch by 24-inch
- Hand saw
- Power drill
- 1/4-inch drill bit
- 3 or 4 dowel rods, 1/4 inch by 48 inches
- Medium-grit sandpaper
- Wood glue
- Tack cloth
- Carnauba wax (or any other food-safe sealant)
- Foam applicator or lint-free cloth
Cut the wood craft board to fit the length of bread you most commonly slice. If you prefer soft loaves from standard loaf pans, for example, the board should measure 1/2 by 6 by 9 inches. If you frequently buy or make French baguettes, keep the length at 16 inches.
Measure and mark several points 1/2 inch from both the left and right sides of the craft board. Using those marks as a guide, line the ruler up and draw a line down the length of each side of the board to make two 1/2-inch side margins. Divide the margins you just made in half, lengthwise, by drawing a new line down the middle of each side, 1/4 inch from each edge.
Draw a line every 1/2 inch along the length of the board within your margins. These will form plus (+) signs on both sides, marking the centre of each drill spot.
Sink your 1/4-inch drill bit into the centre of each plus sign to a depth of 1/4 inch.
Saw the dowel rod into 3-inch sections. If you are using 48-inch rods, you will get 16 sections. If your wooden bread slicer will be 9 inches long, you will need three dowel rods. If your wooden bread slicer will be 16 inches long, you will need four.
Sand both the craft board and dowel rod ends to remove any splinters or rough edges.
Drop a bit of wood glue into each drill hole and insert a dowel rod section. Wipe off any excess glue and allow to dry.
Sand off any remaining glue residue and wipe the entire project with a tack cloth to remove dust.
Apply a layer of carnauba wax, beeswax or other food-safe sealant, such as mineral, tung or linseed oil, with a foam applicator or lint-free rag.
Slice your bread into 1/2-inch slices by placing your loaf on the board between the rows of dowel rods. Using the dowel rods as a guide for your knife, steady the loaf with your hand and slice the number of pieces you want. For a thicker, Texas-toast cut, skip a space between each slice.
Tips and warnings
- Make a second wooden bread slicer, but drill your holes at an angle. Hang it lengthwise on an entry door for a mail organiser. Use the last two dowel rods to hang your keys.
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