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IBM Computing Cheese Cutter [Restoration]

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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  1. xXVintersorgXx


    Vor 3 Stunden

    you have a bandsaw.. why did you resaw the planks on a table saw?

  2. Carlos Consorcio Castellano Pérez

    Carlos Consorcio Castellano Pérez

    Vor 16 Stunden

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

  3. Makujah


    Vor 19 Stunden

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

  4. Donald Butcher

    Donald Butcher

    Vor 2 Tage

    Smart folks our ancestors

  5. Robert E

    Robert E

    Vor 2 Tage

    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.

  6. Thomas Daltry

    Thomas Daltry

    Vor 2 Tage

    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.

  7. Adventure King

    Adventure King

    Vor 2 Tage

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

  8. kenkire


    Vor 2 Tage

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

  9. Don Kelley

    Don Kelley

    Vor 2 Tage

    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?

  10. Terry Rogers

    Terry Rogers

    Vor 3 Tage

    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.

  11. IQ Bang

    IQ Bang

    Vor 4 Tage

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

  12. Tim Moore

    Tim Moore

    Vor 4 Tage

    "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.

  13. jcmate


    Vor 5 Tage

    Think i would have had this powdercoated.

  14. jcmate


    Vor 5 Tage

    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.

  15. Charles Mouse

    Charles Mouse

    Vor 5 Tage

    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?

  16. Charlie Davidson

    Charlie Davidson

    Vor 5 Tage

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

  17. Erica ❤️‘s

    Erica ❤️‘s

    Vor 6 Tage

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

  18. Rehoboth Farm

    Rehoboth Farm

    Vor 6 Tage

    This guy could use one of those:

  19. Dennis Williamson

    Dennis Williamson

    Vor 7 Tage

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

  20. Gary Tepool

    Gary Tepool

    Vor 7 Tage

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

  21. JohnGames2005


    Vor 8 Tage

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

  22. Lee Chrastil

    Lee Chrastil

    Vor 8 Tage

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

  23. Jason Jindrich

    Jason Jindrich

    Vor 9 Tage

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

  24. Matt Berg

    Matt Berg

    Vor 9 Tage

    Nice work

  25. Charles A Williams Jr

    Charles A Williams Jr

    Vor 10 Tage

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

  26. Bob Whelk

    Bob Whelk

    Vor 11 Tage

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

  27. Ganesh Ram

    Ganesh Ram

    Vor 12 Tage


  28. Aaron Songer

    Aaron Songer

    Vor 12 Tage

    Thats awesome

  29. True Aussie

    True Aussie

    Vor 12 Tage

    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.

  30. Greg Feneis

    Greg Feneis

    Vor 12 Tage

    That was so cool!

  31. Maria. Luisa. Garcia

    Maria. Luisa. Garcia

    Vor 14 Tage

    WOW ! 🌹

  32. Grip Phillips

    Grip Phillips

    Vor 14 Tage

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

  33. Max Headrom

    Max Headrom

    Vor 14 Tage

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

  34. Max Headrom

    Max Headrom

    Vor 15 Tage

    omg ... i felt the pain!

  35. Max Headrom

    Max Headrom

    Vor 15 Tage

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

  36. Max Headrom

    Max Headrom

    Vor 15 Tage

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

  37. Никитос


    Vor 15 Tage

    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.

  38. cdw willow

    cdw willow

    Vor 15 Tage

    Lazer cleaner looks good do you have one ..

  39. Zomby Woof

    Zomby Woof

    Vor 15 Tage

    What's it worth? Would you sell it?

  40. Hibah Price

    Hibah Price

    Vor 16 Tage

    Big Blue before he became famous

  41. Beschter Mann XD

    Beschter Mann XD

    Vor 17 Tage

    0:07 Well, when life gives you lemons 😂

  42. The Cat Ate My Shoe

    The Cat Ate My Shoe

    Vor 17 Tage

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

  43. Senai Robinson

    Senai Robinson

    Vor 17 Tage

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

  44. Gregorio razgado

    Gregorio razgado

    Vor 17 Tage

    My little mind is in deep overload. 🤯

  45. Umut keser

    Umut keser

    Vor 18 Tage

    Really amazing

  46. Brian Baigis

    Brian Baigis

    Vor 18 Tage

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

  47. DaBirdman1989


    Vor 18 Tage

    28:12 your alternator belt on a damp day.

  48. Hescher99


    Vor 19 Tage

    Very cool

  49. Lula Concheiro Pérez

    Lula Concheiro Pérez

    Vor 19 Tage

    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?!😲

  50. Roxor128


    Vor 19 Tage

    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.

  51. Tricia K

    Tricia K

    Vor 20 Tage

    So amazing thank you

  52. Jim


    Vor 21 Tag

    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…

  53. Camila Michel

    Camila Michel

    Vor 21 Tag

    too dirty, could not finish watching

  54. Mohammad Imran

    Mohammad Imran

    Vor 22 Tage


  55. A Massive Hippo

    A Massive Hippo

    Vor 22 Tage

    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!

  56. Christopher Salisbury

    Christopher Salisbury

    Vor 22 Tage

    It really is pretty amazing!

  57. Christopher Salisbury

    Christopher Salisbury

    Vor 22 Tage

    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.

  58. Thom Pardoe

    Thom Pardoe

    Vor 22 Tage

    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.

  59. OppirompaMiDotCom


    Vor 22 Tage

    16:52 why do you hate having fingers?

  60. Justin Strik

    Justin Strik

    Vor 22 Tage

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

  61. TruthSeeker


    Vor 22 Tage

    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!

  62. Ollie Neate

    Ollie Neate

    Vor 22 Tage

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

  63. kenny theshark

    kenny theshark

    Vor 22 Tage

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

  64. Voor Naam

    Voor Naam

    Vor 22 Tage

    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?

  65. David S.

    David S.

    Vor 23 Tage

    Are you authorized to repair IBM devices?

  66. Lisa 11:11

    Lisa 11:11

    Vor 24 Tage

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

  67. Master Phoenix

    Master Phoenix

    Vor 24 Tage

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

  68. Jiří Brabec

    Jiří Brabec

    Vor 24 Tage

    16:45 yeah fuuuck that

  69. ngo hung

    ngo hung

    Vor 24 Tage

    Amazing 😉 the scale

  70. ely elena

    ely elena

    Vor 24 Tage

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

  71. Jack Bouley

    Jack Bouley

    Vor 24 Tage

    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 DEbases, hands down.

  72. Ricky Buchanan

    Ricky Buchanan

    Vor 24 Tage

    That bandsaw tho.

  73. Keagan Starks

    Keagan Starks

    Vor 24 Tage

    That is some of the coolest stuff I’ve seen

  74. B M

    B M

    Vor 25 Tage

    I would have called IBM tech support

  75. Elizabeth Johnson

    Elizabeth Johnson

    Vor 25 Tage

    Literally subscribed just for the intro! Awesome.

  76. jill552


    Vor 25 Tage

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

  77. Corey Cox

    Corey Cox

    Vor 25 Tage

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

  78. eyes wide shut

    eyes wide shut

    Vor 25 Tage


  79. Leo Barnelli

    Leo Barnelli

    Vor 25 Tage

    Total skill !!!!! Fantastic!

  80. Darren Erickson

    Darren Erickson

    Vor 25 Tage

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

  81. Denise Stover

    Denise Stover

    Vor 25 Tage

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

  82. Bokkan B

    Bokkan B

    Vor 25 Tage

    That opening was hilarious. Upvote just for that.

  83. Bryan Ekers

    Bryan Ekers

    Vor 26 Tage

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

  84. Ben Rockzo

    Ben Rockzo

    Vor 27 Tage


  85. lumgs2009


    Vor 27 Tage

    How cool is that???

  86. Paul Millet

    Paul Millet

    Vor 28 Tage

    Amazing! Amazing!

    • Paul Millet

      Paul Millet

      Vor 28 Tage

      Math exists in the Universe!

  87. Art Szabo

    Art Szabo

    Vor 28 Tage

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

  88. Kenny Martin

    Kenny Martin

    Vor 28 Tage


  89. Big uzi vert

    Big uzi vert

    Vor 28 Tage

    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

  90. Deborah Danhauer

    Deborah Danhauer

    Vor 29 Tage

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

  91. Willow Tough

    Willow Tough

    Vor Monat

    why on earth would IMB compuiting have a cheese cutter

  92. Mr Boberson

    Mr Boberson

    Vor Monat

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

  93. raleigh gd

    raleigh gd

    Vor Monat

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

  94. Max Gallegos

    Max Gallegos

    Vor Monat

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

  95. Jason Wojcik

    Jason Wojcik

    Vor Monat

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

  96. Egor Chernishov

    Egor Chernishov

    Vor Monat

    Awesome 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾

  97. Jay Singh

    Jay Singh

    Vor Monat

    Crazy cool 😎

  98. Chris Baylor

    Chris Baylor

    Vor Monat

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

  99. Sandro M. Rebl

    Sandro M. Rebl

    Vor Monat

    You´re so great. :oD

  100. Yegor Burov

    Yegor Burov

    Vor Monat

    Хорошая работа,ты молодец!