A Cabbage shredder -- I take it that you have never even seen one, and
I know that if you had ever used one that you would not have to ask the
So here goes.
you have a two part base of wood, and a sharp thin blade. the in part
of the base is smooth and is about 3/4 the length of the entire cutter
assembly, and wide enough to take the largest cabbage. then a THIN sharp
blade is mounted just slightly higher than the in base board at the
inside end of the base, and goes from side to side. Set the height of
the blade to the hight to give you the thickness of cut that you want,
and it will be fixed in place and will not be changed after the unit is
built. then mount an output base board even with the top of your cutter
blade for the cabbage to slide on after going through the cutter. With
two low side pieces to hold the base boards and blade together and to
keep the cabbage from sliding off the base sides.
To use, set the cabbage slicer over a pan or bucket, and start pushing
the head of cabbage back and forth across the cutting blade. It works
fast but watch out that you do not slice your fingers. You could also
make a push block with very short teeth on the bottom by which you would
hold the cabbage down as you push it through.
Belive me, it will do a head of cabbage faster than you ever thought.
How it works? picture the top of a jointer. the input side is set lower
than the output side. I would suggest that you cut the cabbages in half
before starting to shred them. If the blade is held in with small
screws, then the blade can be removed for sharpening.
Thanks for taking the time to explain how the shredder works.
I was thinking of using some discarded surface (131/2") planer blades.
Then I realize that I still have an old good working 6"jointer entirely
build with aluminums.
I do not use it anymore because its too light. Maybe I should try to shred
a cabbage on it, just joking!
By relating it to how a jointer works you have given me a good picture. Now
I have to figure out how to secure the cutting blades.
You need thin blades.
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And if you really insist on wood, buy it and throw away everything but
the blades. :-)
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Buying an already made slicer is not my problem.
My challenge is to make my own. At the end It may be costing me more to
make my own then buying one already made.
As for the thickness of the blades I thought about using discarded bread
slicing machine blades.
It's called a mandolin.
Unless you plan to do at least 8-10 heads of cabbage at a time a
mandolin is a complete waste of time that will inflict some cuts in
you fingers as part of the process.
Give me my 10", Henkels Chef's knife and a poly cutting board.
Can trim, quarter, core and slice a head of cabbage in less than 5
minutes, and I'm not a chef, don't even play one on TV.
I tend to agree with you. However it is for the challenge of making my own.
BTW I do have an Henckels Chef's knife. I wonder why you are using a poly
cutting board instead of
wood? The problem I have is to slice the cabbage very thin like shavings.
Anyway I have asked my wife to get me some commercially made sauerkrauts for
this week or until I can make my own slicer.
> I tend to agree with you. However it is for the challenge of
making my own.
> BTW I do have an Henckels Chef's knife. I wonder why you are using
> cutting board instead of
It's cheap, fast and FDA approved.
> The problem I have is to slice the cabbage very thin like shavings.
Make sure your knife has just had a meeting with your sharpening steel.
Work with a 1/4 head at a time.
Are 1/4" ribbons OK or do you want 1/8"?
> Anyway I have asked my wife to get me some commercially made
> this week or until I can make my own slicer.
Tell her to get the stuff in the plastic bags that is kept in the
refrigerated section along with the pickles and cheese.
The stuff in the cans belongs at harbor Freight, not a grocery store,
Assume you have some smoked ham hocks for that kraut along with some
Granny Smith apples?
Just a suggestion, but try to find a place that has a Brun mandoline in
stock and take a good look at it--a properly designed and equipped mandoline
is more than a cabbage slicer, it's kind of a neander Cuisinart.
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