A Weapon For Emma!

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Blog entry by lew posted 07-30-2011 09:10 PM 2935 reads 3 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

And what a weapon it is!!
Extremely well made, heavy- 12.5 ounces (without the handle), sharp, and the blade is mounted on the axle so there is absolutely no “wobble”. No pizza stands a chance against this mighty duo!

Emma wanted something to match her stunning outfit so a laminated blank of cherry, maple and walnut was glued up.

After mounting in the lathe, a hole is drilled to accept the threaded insert. As per the instructions, this is a 15/32” brad point bit. The hole is about an inch deep.

The tailstock is repositioned to hold the piece securely and a circle drawn to indicate the smallest end circumference to accommodate the cutter.

The blank is rounded and the rough diameter turned.

Beginning the shape-, Emmy said it reminded her of herself but her head was too big.

I have a love-hate relationship with the skew chisel. You know when you have it just, almost, nearly there- just one more shaving and BAM!! The skew has created more diameter/design changes than I care to admit.

Sanded and burnished ready for trimming.

The instructions provided detail how to install the threaded insert. A cut off bolt and some threaded nuts create a “mandrel”. The insert is threaded onto the bolt and the bolt is chucked into the drill press. The drill press assures the insert is threaded straight into the pre-drilled hole. DO NOT TURN ON THE DRILL PRESS. Turn the drill chuck by hand while “winding” the quill down- applying moderate pressure the engage the insert threads into the wood.

On the first attempt at installing the insert there was one problem, however, and it was probably my fault. During the insert installation, the first handle split. The split occurred on a glue line so I suspect the joint was not glued properly. In addition, what I failed to notice was that the threaded insert is tapered on the outside.

On the second handle, I took some extra precautions- just in case. A cushioned hose clamp relieved the pressures created by the tapered insert. Also once the insert was started, using the allen wrench included in the kit, and the technique for tapping a hole in metal; thread in a little, back out a little; the operation was completed without a problem.

As we speak, Emma is in search of a rogue pizza. I pity him when she finds him.

Emma’s weapon can be obtained from Rockler

Emma and I thank you for looking!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#1 posted 07-30-2011 09:33 PM

Lew, Very nicely done. Pizzas will be running for miles around.
Great project outline, looks like a fun project.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#2 posted 07-30-2011 09:41 PM


I have had simular experience’s with my glue up’s spliting, I have been there done that!! I really like the handle on Emmas Weapon ;) You did a great job stay clear of Emma….

Thnans for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 07-30-2011 10:09 PM

This is great Lew.

very nice handle. Thanks for the detail pictures.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 07-30-2011 10:30 PM

Adventures with a skew for Lew! Been there too buddy. Nice post. Thanks Bob

-- Bob A in NJ

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#5 posted 07-30-2011 10:41 PM

Great job Lew, it’s been awhile since I’ve been on LJs. Sorry for missing any other beautiful tidbits you may have made. This is beautiful, and useful. You are right, no pizza stands a chance.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 07-30-2011 10:52 PM

Thanks for blogging on this Lew. I’ve wanted to make one but wasn’t sure the quality of them other than they looked good and the box felt really heavy. I think I’ll have to make a couple now.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#7 posted 07-30-2011 11:13 PM

That’s a cool pizza slicer with a personal touch.
Very good tip on the threaded insert.
I might need that when I make my BBQ cover handles in the next couple of weeks.

Also, here’s another cool pizza slicer.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#8 posted 07-30-2011 11:23 PM

nice job I am not sure that the skew was the right tool for use on that part of the turning. Hey it’s all about fun.You have done a great job.These types of repair/ recovery is an art in it’self and you have proven yourself worthy well done my friend Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#9 posted 07-30-2011 11:55 PM

Lew, thank you for the project blog.

Never imagined a so elegant pizza cutter.

Seems you´ve been busy lately.
thanks for posting

-- Back home. Fernando

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#10 posted 07-31-2011 12:00 AM

OK, the lathe is looming bigger on my purchase list. Unfortunately, it is behind a big band saw, and perhaps a real jointer….........we’ll see how things go. Some purchases have been put off till next spring. La Conner drained us pretty dry, and we still want to buy a car for down there…............

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 07-31-2011 12:07 AM


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#12 posted 07-31-2011 12:08 AM

.......and oh my gosh, Emma, Mario (I assume that is the slicer’s name because he is such a cutup), and Bruno the Blockhead all have matching outfits…...........pretty neat.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#13 posted 07-31-2011 02:14 AM

Nice job, Lew. The Pizza will run for its life.

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#14 posted 07-31-2011 02:27 AM

Lew: another great kitchen tool that you’ve made. You are becoming the Kitchen Tool Czar.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#15 posted 07-31-2011 03:24 AM

Nice job Lew.

A nicer slicer I’ve not seen.

I always thought Emma was a pretty capable fighter without any weapons at all, but I guess she must be getting on by now.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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