IBM Computing Cheese Cutter [Restoration]

פורסם בתאריך 1 אוק 2021
This restoration is on a ~1920s International Business Machines (IBM) cheese cutter. Several different parts of this machine were all patented between 1901-1907 by William G. Templeton. The main patent can be seen here:

This item was brought to me by a friend for restoration, so I made sure that whatever restoration choices the needed to be made were discussed with him. The cheese cutter was most likely used for commercial purposes in a local deli, but the exact provenance is completely lost with time.

Most of the time spent restoring this tool was spent on me trying to figure out why it was so much more complicated than it needed to be. I finally figured out how the cheese cutter works, and you can skip to the end of the video for a detailed explanation by me.

Beyond the usual repainting of parts, several parts were missing and had to be completely re-fabricated from scratch. The "warp-proof" wooden board was made out of maple and walnut wood in layers with alternating grain direction. I've never made my own plywood before, so that was something I hope to never do again.

I am excited to see where this cutter goes next and I think I would be really neat to see it back in action a local deli.

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  • Ever think of investing in a laser rust remover since most restoration jobs have a lot of cleaning and derusting works to do?

  • "So I hope to never do again." ROFL! what a quiet way to describe frustration! Marvelous video, and you are very talented. Thanks for sharing! and kudos to the engineer(s) who thought this up.

  • Think i would have had this powdercoated.

  • Wouldn't it be nice if they still made things to last these days instead of being a throw away society and they wonder why our landfills are full. You go buy 5 bags of groceries and you get 1 bag of rubbish from those products.

  • A failure of imagination on my part: What on Earth is a 'Cheese Computer?' Why would anyone need such a complex device to cut cheese? Ah, I see. A bit of a niche product, but useful if you ran a cheese shop. Um, wouldn't such a person get pretty good at cutting cheese?

  • When I saw this video. I thought the title was some kind of sarcastic joke or something.

  • When he pulled out that baby mini cheese at the end to cut it… I died 🤣🤣

  • This guy could use one of those:

  • That's an IBM System 360º if I ever saw one!

  • That baby bell at the end had me rolling. Excellent work!

  • When I saw IBM Cheese Cutter I Thought You Were Joking.

  • "I should restore a large planner" lmfao!!!

  • That tiny cut at the end, that was very gouda.

  • Nice work

  • “Before restoration it was worth way more, brehhhh.”-Antique Roadshow Dude

  • WTF was going on with the wood working? It was absolutely painful and scary to watch. Other than that it was all amazing!

  • Hi

  • Thats awesome

  • Great restoration. Anyone who thinks / says old technology is useless should see this. No plastic or electronics. It's not likely to break or wear out any time soon.

  • That was so cool!

  • WOW ! 🌹

  • Hand tapping when you could power tap the holes on the same press.. smh

  • ... and that day marked the end of fights ove pizza slice sizes in the Hand Tool Rescue family ... and they lived happy ever after.

  • omg ... i felt the pain!

  • From a 1980s sitcom opening to a full feature Jaques Tati film. Excellent!

  • Dude, don't use the caliper as wrench! ;) What's the magic spray? WD40?

  • The central plateau could have been made of normal wood (and he did not chamfer it). Well, and the corner of the blade, facing the center, it was reasonable to round off, you can see that he tears the cheese. And too lazy to make high-quality scales... Центральное плато можно было б и из нормального дерева сделать (и фаску у него не снял). Угол лезвия, обращённый к центру разумно было закруглить, видно что он рвёт сыр. Ну и со шкалами схалтурил.

  • Lazer cleaner looks good do you have one ..

  • What's it worth? Would you sell it?

  • Big Blue before he became famous

  • 0:07 Well, when life gives you lemons 😂

  • 80s/90s inspired intro... well done!

  • Ngl at 3:28 I would’ve immediately gave up

  • My little mind is in deep overload. 🤯

  • Really amazing

  • But is it for a specific kind of cheese? Surely different cheeses have different densities...

  • 28:12 your alternator belt on a damp day.

  • Very cool

  • You should totally record the customer's reaction! at least the audio, that would be amazing👌🏻 Also, where on earth did you find such a tiny cheese?!😲

  • The analogue computing functionality was pretty nifty. Being able to get more-or-less the right amount in one cut would have been a big draw for shop owners a century ago.

  • So amazing thank you

  • I had to stay to the end to see how the heck it operated. You’re spot on in that it truly is “amazing”. There’s a lot of smart people in this world…

  • too dirty, could not finish watching

  • super!

  • Looks like the inside of the blade (the vertical part at the centre) could be sharpened as well. I could see cheese getting pretty mangled on the inside of the wedge without it (as it kind of does in the video). Beautiful restoration, really enjoyed watching! Thank you!

  • It really is pretty amazing!

  • It's kind of funny because you restore tools and really seem to love tools but then I think I saw you using a chainsaw multi-tool wrench thing to unscrew some flat head screws! 😂 Not that it didn't work but I would sort of expect you to have a set of your favorite screwdrivers that you love to use.

  • A million woodworkers cried out in AGONY watching you fabricate a plywood circle you could have bought for $20. Seriously cool video as usual but holy was that both funny and painful.

  • 16:52 why do you hate having fingers?

  • If it was my video it would have been 7:10 long….

  • Cool video - thanks! Not sure if I was missing something but at the end when you said you were dialing 8 Oz it looked to me like it was actually set halfway between the 10 and 15 - so 12.5? But then it ended up being 8 oz, so .... ? Lol Cool contraption tho and great job with the restoration!

  • Anyone else think of the channel clickspring when he started brass working? 🤣😁 awesome work though 👏

  • How do u ppl know what part is missing, what it does and what it looks like

  • This is why John Cleese's father changed his name from Cheese to Cleese. Besides, a cheese cutter, isn't that a bloody fast sailing ship?

  • Are you authorized to repair IBM devices?

  • I stumbled on this truly enjoyable video, so I subbed! The cutter is gorgeous and all of your cool tools! Seat🏔tle 🤗

  • Really cool, I now understand thanks to you an the sharing of this video.

  • 16:45 yeah fuuuck that

  • Amazing 😉 the scale

  • dude you wont live long if you dont use protective equipment.

  • I like to watch these vids at .75 speed so they last longer. I fall asleep to them and dream about dipping things in Evapo-Rust. Best ASMR on ILaward, hands down.

  • That bandsaw tho.

  • That is some of the coolest stuff I’ve seen

  • I would have called IBM tech support

  • Literally subscribed just for the intro! Awesome.

  • What is tool handle wax? That was amazing. Where do you get replacement decals?

  • Lol I like how you use a chainsaw wrench as your flathead 🤣

  • A++

  • Total skill !!!!! Fantastic!

  • Never knew that it was so complicated to cut the cheese.....

  • Wow!!! Great job! You are a genius!😃 Kind of reminds me of the Antikythera Mechanism!

  • That opening was hilarious. Upvote just for that.

  • Then after all that, he discovers he's lactose intolerant.

  • Awesome

  • How cool is that???

  • Amazing! Amazing!

    • Math exists in the Universe!

  • Take it from an old man, 40:33 is not a good thing to do.


  • Watching these videos makes me want to find some old tool or thing and just take it apart, not even super old stuff either. I just wanna go find an old VCR or something and just start disassembling it

  • Wow’ I love that thing! Great job you did there.🐝❤️🤗

  • why on earth would IMB compuiting have a cheese cutter

  • Generally not a great idea to hold fabric near the chuck of a spinning tool. Easy way to loose a finger

  • I think your circle making jig just said, "love bites."

  • I would say leave it alone but it came out completely restored 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼🍺🧀

  • That intro was CHEESY, but it RESTORED my faith in the ILaward algorithms.

  • Awesome 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾

  • Crazy cool 😎

  • THAT’S WHY IT’S DEAD TECH!!!!!!!!!!!

  • You´re so great. :oD

  • Хорошая работа,ты молодец!

  • Imagine the ancient cheese residue on that

  • 0:35 Эврика! Сырорезка!!!

  • in this episode HTR cuts the cheese

  • That is beautiful. I had one of those I used for a decoration in my kitchen, but sold it when I moved. I am now regretting it after seeing your amazing restoration and demonstration. I had no idea how it worked.

  • Always interesting watching another person that loves working with old school machines and tools. Love the hand crafted look that forms in the result. Beautiful work my friend. 👍🏻😎👍🏻

  • Just a smidge too fast with the mill. Oops!! Fortunately you can buy bit sets of very good quality for quite cheap.

  • Knurling, so that's how it's done!!

  • Love the design of the ratchet wrench

  • Now I defo want one of these amazing computing cheese cutters 🧀 Fabulous restoration 👌👍🤘

  • very cool