I saw this tool at a yard sale today. It appears to be some sort of slicing or cutting device.

The construction however seemed fairly lightweight, I couldn't picture putting something dense, heavy, etc. through it.

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    When using this watch your fingers!
    – GdD
    Sep 21, 2020 at 9:17

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Phil is right, it is for slicing vegetables. Specifically it is a mandoline. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandoline

  • Given the wooden construction, non-stainless metal, and protruding fasteners I hadn't imagined this would be used for food.
    – UuDdLrLrSs
    Sep 20, 2020 at 20:20
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    Given the size, I'll bet "kraut slicer" specifically. To slice cabbage for sauerkraut.
    – Ecnerwal
    Sep 20, 2020 at 20:56
  • @UuDdLrLrSs why were you asking on Seasoned Advice if you didn’t imagine it was food related?
    – Spagirl
    Sep 21, 2020 at 7:18
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    @Tetsujin Ahh... that information doesn’t show up on the mobile app. I was very confused!
    – Spagirl
    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:22
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    @Spagirl initially I had no idea what it was for at all (other than looking like a cutting device) but people on the DIY site were pretty confident it was for food prep. Seems like "alls well that ends well" :) Sep 21, 2020 at 10:53

That tool is indeed a slicer for cutting cabbage in preparation for fermenting it in a large pottery crock for sauerkraut. My mother used one very similar to make a five gallon and a ten gallon of crock full of sauerkraut every year back in the 50's and 60's.


It looks like a vegetable slicer

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