IBM Computing Cheese Cutter [Restoration]

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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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  • Carlos Consorcio Castellano Pérez
    Carlos Consorcio Castellano Pérez11 orë më parë

    That's cool and all, but can it run crisis ?

  • Makujah
    Makujah13 orë më parë

    Back when you could take any instrument apart without breaking it. Now there are welds, rivets and other permanent stuff all over the place

  • Donald Butcher
    Donald ButcherDitë më parë

    Smart folks our ancestors

  • Robert E
    Robert EDitë më parë

    Damm!! If I hadn’t watched you take it apart and clean it then mill the replacement parts there is no way I would believe that it is the same cutter you started with. Great work u got a subscriber.

  • Thomas Daltry
    Thomas Daltry2 ditë më parë

    This was not a waste of 46 minutes and 56 seconds of my time. I never knew such a computing device existed. Fascinating to see it restored and operating. You got my sub. Thank you.

  • Adventure King
    Adventure King2 ditë më parë

    Kept laughing at the opening every few minutes watching the whole video. Amazing.

  • kenkire
    kenkire2 ditë më parë

    Nice restore! How have you not lost a finger? No safety gear. Also, did you have specs on that part you made?

  • Don Kelley
    Don Kelley2 ditë më parë

    That is too cool!!!! Boy there were some REALLY DANGEROUS TOOLS IN THE OLD DAYS, gotta say, but the math is so clever. IBM - who knew. It says IBM toronto, just wanted to point out. That's weird, right?

  • Terry Rogers
    Terry Rogers3 ditë më parë

    That thing would be like restoring an octopus, good nite that thing has a lot pieces, it’s a mechanical computer. Thanks for the vid, nice job young man.

  • IQ Bang
    IQ Bang4 ditë më parë

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

  • Tim Moore
    Tim Moore4 ditë më parë

    "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.

  • jcmate
    jcmate4 ditë më parë

    Think i would have had this powdercoated.

  • jcmate
    jcmate4 ditë më parë

    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.

  • Charles Mouse
    Charles Mouse5 ditë më parë

    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?

  • Charlie Davidson
    Charlie Davidson5 ditë më parë

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

  • Erica ❤️‘s
    Erica ❤️‘s6 ditë më parë

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

  • Rehoboth Farm
    Rehoboth Farm6 ditë më parë

    This guy could use one of those:

  • Dennis Williamson
    Dennis Williamson6 ditë më parë

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

  • Gary Tepool
    Gary Tepool7 ditë më parë

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

  • JohnGames2005
    JohnGames20057 ditë më parë

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

  • Lee Chrastil
    Lee Chrastil8 ditë më parë

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

  • Jason Jindrich
    Jason Jindrich8 ditë më parë

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

  • Matt Berg
    Matt Berg9 ditë më parë

    Nice work

  • Charles A Williams Jr
    Charles A Williams Jr10 ditë më parë

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

  • Bob Whelk
    Bob Whelk11 ditë më parë

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

  • Ganesh Ram
    Ganesh Ram11 ditë më parë


  • Aaron Songer
    Aaron Songer12 ditë më parë

    Thats awesome

  • True Aussie
    True Aussie12 ditë më parë

    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.

  • Greg Feneis
    Greg Feneis12 ditë më parë

    That was so cool!

  • Maria. Luisa. Garcia
    Maria. Luisa. Garcia14 ditë më parë

    WOW ! 🌹

  • Grip Phillips
    Grip Phillips14 ditë më parë

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

  • Max Headrom
    Max Headrom14 ditë më parë

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

  • Max Headrom
    Max Headrom14 ditë më parë

    omg ... i felt the pain!

  • Max Headrom
    Max Headrom14 ditë më parë

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

  • Max Headrom
    Max Headrom14 ditë më parë

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

  • Никитос
    Никитос15 ditë më parë

    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.

  • cdw willow
    cdw willow15 ditë më parë

    Lazer cleaner looks good do you have one ..

  • Zomby Woof
    Zomby Woof15 ditë më parë

    What's it worth? Would you sell it?

  • Hibah Price
    Hibah Price15 ditë më parë

    Big Blue before he became famous

  • Beschter Mann XD
    Beschter Mann XD16 ditë më parë

    0:07 Well, when life gives you lemons 😂

  • The Cat Ate My Shoe
    The Cat Ate My Shoe16 ditë më parë

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

  • Senai Robinson
    Senai Robinson17 ditë më parë

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

  • Gregorio razgado
    Gregorio razgado17 ditë më parë

    My little mind is in deep overload. 🤯

  • Umut keser
    Umut keser17 ditë më parë

    Really amazing

  • Brian Baigis
    Brian Baigis18 ditë më parë

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

  • DaBirdman1989
    DaBirdman198918 ditë më parë

    28:12 your alternator belt on a damp day.

  • Hescher99
    Hescher9919 ditë më parë

    Very cool

  • Lula Concheiro Pérez
    Lula Concheiro Pérez19 ditë më parë

    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?!😲

  • Roxor128
    Roxor12819 ditë më parë

    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.

  • Tricia K
    Tricia K20 ditë më parë

    So amazing thank you

  • Jim
    Jim21 ditë më parë

    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…

  • Camila Michel
    Camila Michel21 ditë më parë

    too dirty, could not finish watching

  • Mohammad Imran
    Mohammad Imran21 ditë më parë


  • A Massive Hippo
    A Massive Hippo21 ditë më parë

    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!

  • Christopher Salisbury
    Christopher Salisbury21 ditë më parë

    It really is pretty amazing!

  • Christopher Salisbury
    Christopher Salisbury21 ditë më parë

    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.

  • Thom Pardoe
    Thom Pardoe22 ditë më parë

    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.

  • OppirompaMiDotCom
    OppirompaMiDotCom22 ditë më parë

    16:52 why do you hate having fingers?

  • Justin Strik
    Justin Strik22 ditë më parë

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

  • TruthSeeker
    TruthSeeker22 ditë më parë

    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!

  • Ollie Neate
    Ollie Neate22 ditë më parë

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

  • kenny theshark
    kenny theshark22 ditë më parë

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

  • Voor Naam
    Voor Naam22 ditë më parë

    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?

  • David S.
    David S.23 ditë më parë

    Are you authorized to repair IBM devices?

  • Lisa 11:11
    Lisa 11:1123 ditë më parë

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

  • Master Phoenix
    Master Phoenix24 ditë më parë

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

  • Jiří Brabec
    Jiří Brabec24 ditë më parë

    16:45 yeah fuuuck that

  • ngo hung
    ngo hung24 ditë më parë

    Amazing 😉 the scale

  • ely elena
    ely elena24 ditë më parë

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

  • Jack Bouley
    Jack Bouley24 ditë më parë

    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 ALthe, hands down.

  • Ricky Buchanan
    Ricky Buchanan24 ditë më parë

    That bandsaw tho.

  • Keagan Starks
    Keagan Starks24 ditë më parë

    That is some of the coolest stuff I’ve seen

  • B M
    B M24 ditë më parë

    I would have called IBM tech support

  • Elizabeth Johnson
    Elizabeth Johnson24 ditë më parë

    Literally subscribed just for the intro! Awesome.

  • jill552
    jill55225 ditë më parë

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

  • Corey Cox
    Corey Cox25 ditë më parë

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

  • eyes wide shut
    eyes wide shut25 ditë më parë


  • Leo Barnelli
    Leo Barnelli25 ditë më parë

    Total skill !!!!! Fantastic!

  • Darren Erickson
    Darren Erickson25 ditë më parë

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

  • Denise Stover
    Denise Stover25 ditë më parë

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

  • Bokkan B
    Bokkan B25 ditë më parë

    That opening was hilarious. Upvote just for that.

  • Bryan Ekers
    Bryan Ekers26 ditë më parë

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

  • Ben Rockzo
    Ben Rockzo27 ditë më parë


  • lumgs2009
    lumgs200927 ditë më parë

    How cool is that???

  • Paul Millet
    Paul Millet27 ditë më parë

    Amazing! Amazing!

  • Paul Millet

    Paul Millet

    27 ditë më parë

    Math exists in the Universe!

  • Art Szabo
    Art Szabo28 ditë më parë

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

  • Kenny Martin
    Kenny Martin28 ditë më parë


  • Big uzi vert
    Big uzi vert28 ditë më parë

    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

  • Deborah Danhauer
    Deborah Danhauer28 ditë më parë

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

  • Willow Tough
    Willow ToughMuaj më parë

    why on earth would IMB compuiting have a cheese cutter

  • Mr Boberson
    Mr BobersonMuaj më parë

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

  • raleigh gd
    raleigh gdMuaj më parë

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

  • Max Gallegos
    Max GallegosMuaj më parë

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

  • Jason Wojcik
    Jason WojcikMuaj më parë

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

  • Egor Chernishov
    Egor ChernishovMuaj më parë

    Awesome 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾

  • Jay Singh
    Jay SinghMuaj më parë

    Crazy cool 😎

  • Chris Baylor
    Chris BaylorMuaj më parë

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

  • Sandro M. Rebl
    Sandro M. ReblMuaj më parë

    You´re so great. :oD

  • Yegor Burov
    Yegor BurovMuaj më parë

    Хорошая работа,ты молодец!

  • Beefy J
    Beefy JMuaj më parë

    Imagine the ancient cheese residue on that

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