I’ve worked in restaurants off and on since I was a teenager. As a result, I’ve gotten pretty good at eyeballing consistent sizes when slicing anything. Then, I was given the gift of a Mandoline Slicer.
I love this contraption! Now, any dish I prepare that is best served by consistenly sized veggies (e.g., pickle chips or scalloped potatoes or sliced radishes for salad) is prepared using my mandoline. There are a couple reasons why consistent size is important; 1) same-sized veggies cook evenly, and 2) a dish with even sized pieces presents better, too! Things just look and taste better, in my humble opinion. Another BIG plus is that slicing goes SO much faster!
If you think a mandoline is a tool you’d like, one thing I’d strongly recommend is to look at one that includes a knuckle guard. The last thing you want to do is get caught up in your work and get too close to the blade.