Rocking Pizza Cutter
Updated: May 8, 2021
My friend Robert has a Birthday coming up soon. He has been making pizza several times a week lately, and I knew he needed a better way to cut all of those delicious pizzas. So I found this pizza cutter kit on Amazon and decided to make him one myself. If you are interested in any of the tools or supplies that I use in this project you can find links to them at the bottom of this page.
Luckily I had recently traveled to my parent's house and came home with a car full of lumber.
The cracked piece of walnut that you can see in the bottom left corner is what I decided to use for this project. This piece of walnut had been air drying since at least the 60s, so I was very excited that it was finally going to be made into something.
I used the table saw to cut the board down the crack and also remove the live edge. After that, I used my miter saw to cut it to length. At this point in the project, my piece of wood is still larger than needed, but much smaller and more manageable for this project.
After getting the handle cut to rough length it was time to use the jointer and planer to get everything flat and parallel.
After everything was flat and parallel it was time to cut the slot for the blade of the pizza cutter to slide into. To do this I set the blade to the center of the handle and cut a 1 5/8" deep groove. This is in my opinion the most dangerous part of this whole process, so if you are doing this project as well, be careful, go slow and be sure to use a push stick.
After the slot was cut I was able to do a dry fit and decide how long and how wide I wanted the handle to be. I ended up making my handle approximately 16" x 3".
After the handle was cut to its final length it was time for sanding with the new serious grit sandpaper I recently got. I also added a chamfer to the top edge. I did later end up completely rounding over the chamfer with sandpaper because I wanted a smoother edge. Next time I make one of these I will just use a round over bit.
I was then so excited to see what this piece of walnut was going to look like that I decided to finish it before attaching the blade. In retrospect, I should have epoxyed the blade in first and then finished the wood, but I really didn't want to wait for the epoxy to dry to see what this thing was going to look like. I used walrus oil on this and I'm very happy with the way it turned out.
To attach the blade to the handle I first taped off the edge of the handle to keep the epoxy off of it. This did remove some of the walrus oil so I had to reapply it. To attach the blade to the handle, I used a standard 2 part epoxy that you can pick up at any hardware store.
Once it was all finished up of course I had to make sure it worked before I gave it to Robert!
Links to tools and supplies:
woodriver pizza cutter https://amzn.to/3xVSF9Y
JB Weld 2 Part Epoxy https://amzn.to/33qcXKu
Serious Grit Sandpaper https://amzn.to/2QVfvhn
Walrus Oil https://amzn.to/3tzWX3k
Ryobi Table Saw https://amzn.to/3vLogZY
Ryobi Orbital Sander https://amzn.to/3erRpnk
Ryobi Palm Router https://amzn.to/3vV6nYD
Dust Mask https://amzn.to/2Q2mpAX
Dewalt Goggles https://amzn.to/3xWsq30
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