This bread slicing guide is made by myself in Lincolnton, Georgia from solid 3/4" oak lumber.
By raising and lowering the guides slicing table any thickness of bread may be sliced from approximately 3/8" to 3/4" using a bread knife or electric knife. Notice in the pictures the saw cut lines on each side board of the guide. The lines are there so that you can set the depth equally and easily when adjusting your bread slicing thickness. The adjustment is quick and easy to accomplish yet still slices perfect slices of bread
This slicing guide will ship with a anti slip sheet pad that is placed under the slicing guide to stop it from sliding on your countertop while slicing. If your pad wares out you can purchase one locally.
These guides are also offered in Poplar lumber at a lower price. What is the difference between the two types of wood you might ask? Oak is much heavier and denser than Poplar. Oak is much stronger than Poplar. But, Oak lumber cost almost twice as much as Poplar lumber.
Should I buy this Oak slicing guide over the Poplar slicing guide? That's like asking should I buy a Ford or a Lincoln. Both slicing guides, Oak or Poplar will do the job and should last a life time if cared for properly. It all comes down to personal preference and cost. All of my guides work on the same principle of aligning the knife even with the bread. So it really doesn't matter if you spend $10 or $40 they all will slice perfect slices of bread.
Finished used is Howard Cutting Board Oil. The mineral oil used in "Howard Cutting Board Oil" is from virgin mineral oils and has no contact with nuts, gluten or other potentially allergenic materials either in production, storage, or transport. Their Cutting Board Oil meets US FDA requirements for food contact surfaces, and is safe for all food preparation surfaces. The penetrating quality of food-grade mineral oil brings out the depth of grain in wood and helps prevent drying and cracking.
Videos available on how it works:
My goals were to make it easy to use, affordable, durable, easily stored and most of all slice straight slices of bread every time. It also needed to be compatible using either an electric (see IMPORTANT note below) or bread knife. Plus be usable by right or left handed people.
IMPORANT: The guides cutting slots for the knife are 3/16" wide. If you are going to be using an electric knife, make sure the blade assembly thickness is less than 3/16". Make sure you check the thickness at the tip of the blade where the two blades are connected together. If it measures 3/16" or greater you will not be able to get the blade into the slot to slice your bread. We use a Cuisinart electric knife and it fits the slot without any problem.
I feel I accomplished all of my goals in designing and building this bread slicing guide. After you try it I think you will agree. You can spend a lot more for other guides that will not work any better than this one. In fact I think this one works better than all others I have tried. It will last a lifetime with proper care. Just clean with a damp cloth. Do not soak with water.
A few words of advice:
The guide is over 7" wide and will not work with a short 8" bread knife. I use one that is 12" long. They are available on line or most home good stores. Our electric knife has a blade length of 7 1/2" and works fine since it does the sawing, not you as in a bread knife that needs to saw back and forth.
Accepts bread loaf widths up 5 1/2" wide
It has been my experience that even though the guide has a 1/2" slice thickness measurement for example, the actual thickness can very slightly. Loaf density or pressure applied by the cutter does effect the slices thickness by a small amount above or below the measured 1/2". As you gain experience in the use of the guide, you will be slicing your bread like a pro every time.
The bread needs to rest on your counter and cool down to room temperature. We find that the longer it rest the better it will slice. We let ours rest for at least 4 hours before slicing.
Use caution while slicing with a knife to avoid injury. Knife not included with guide.
The guide comes completely assembled. Simply loosen the four wing nuts using your fingers to adjust the bread tray up or down. Align the tray with the lines on the two sides so it is equal distance from the knife slot and hand tighten the wing nuts. You are ready to slice. Tools are not required to make the adjustment.
Finished used: Howard Cutting Board Oil
Overall width: 7" (Accepts bread loaf widths up 5 1/2" wide)
Height: 3 1/2"
Weight: 2 lbs. 14 oz.
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Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
No exchanges, returns or refunds will be made for iteams made out of wood I find in the forest surrounding my home.
Bread slicing guides may be returned if unused and in original condition. The shipper is responsable for the return freight.
Shipping damage or loss will be covered by USPS shipping insurance.
Why such a hard line policy?
The wood I am using to make each item (this does not apply to Bread slicing guides since they are made of new material) has been laying on the forest floor for many years. It has been subjected to insects, rain, wood decay and green moss. Then baked in the Georgia heat and humidity.
So.......the finished item can and may have cracks, bug holes, wood decay, nicks, marks, green moss and be discolored due to its exposure to nature over the years.
That is why....each wood item I make is so unique and one of a kind. They are different!! That is why you are buying it!!
I cant guarantee natures work. I can only assure you that when I am working on the wood all the skill and ability I have will go into what nature has provided me. My craftsmanship is in every piece I turn.
What happens after the piece is done in the mystery wood shop will be a mystery to all.
PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION OF THE ITEM YOU ARE LOOKING AT CAREFULLY AND STUDY THE PICTURES CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU MAKE YOUR PURCHASE. Remember what you see in the picture is what you get, minus color variation due to monitors and lighting conditions.
No exchanges, returns or refunds will be made with the excepton of Bread Slicing Guides.