The inspiration I had to make this was that I enjoy looking back at historical events and the craziness that is the French Revolution is a period in time in that country’s history that is fun to look at. One of the objects that goes hand in hand with this time period is the guillotine. I wanted to turn this once menacing device into something more comedic today and what better way to do that than to integrate a weapon of execution in the basic process of vegetable chopping.
I will utilize the aesthetic of the original guillotine from the 18th century. In order to build this functionally, I will be primarily using wood and a steel knife’s blade, as well as twine or some string to raise and lower the guillotine. Now even though there are guillotine like kitchen utensils out there like bagel slicers, those do not stick with the traditional guillotine aesthetic and structure. I will be making sure mine sticks closely to the old, raising and lower of the blade by rope functionality.
My plan is to stand two vertical pieces of wood up on either side of the “cutting board” and the distance between them will be the thickness of the blade. There will be a horizontal peice of wood at the top stopping the blade from being pulled up and out of the mechanism and I may add springs at the top to project the blade downward faster when released.
The overall size of the chopper will not be too invasive. I am thinking about 4 inches wide by 7 inches long and 5 inches high, more or less. This may change depending on the stock material I get. I may try to add a painting scheme to make the chopper appear more “dreary” like they did back then but I do want it to be usable and paint mixing with products we ingest may not be a good combination.