Pizza Party for a Cause

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Project by CFrye posted 10-07-2014 10:16 AM 3806 views 11 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

LJ, Don Broussard put out a request for auction items for the Water for People conference in Tulsa this month. This is what I came up with. I had seen this style of pizza cutter and peel on line and thought I’d give it a try. The wood is a glued up panel of pecan that I received from William at the Crawfish Boil this past May. I have heard dried pecan wood referred to as ‘pecrete’, so I figured it would do nicely for this project. I cut the cutter out of 3/4” panel, drilled a hole with a forstner bit and made the ‘cutting edge’ by running it over the belt sander at an angle. While doing this I started thinking about a micro bevel and a back bevel. Can you tell I hang out in the hand plane forums?
For the peel, I ran the 3/4” x 11” wide board through the planer down to 1/2” thick. Even taking very light cuts, the planer complained, LOUDLY! Biscuits were employed to join the two sides together and the shape was cut out on the band saw. Then, more sanding. The flats were smoothed with the random orbital sander and the leading edge on the belt sander. Everything received multiple coats of mineral oil and buffed.
During the mineral oil stage I began to have doubts as to weather or not the cutter would actually cut. I went back to the online pictures and it seemed they were thinner than I had made. So, I had to make a proto-type. Yes, I know, you’re supposed to do that first. I rarely do what I’m supposed to. Second cutter was made. One coat of mineral oil applied and then it was put to the test as seen in the last picture. It WORKED!! Whew!
The peel is 16 7/8” x 16 7/8” x 1/2” with an 8” handle and weighs a hefty 3lbs 10 oz. The cutting edge on the cutter is 17”
The next one will be resawn and planed to 3/8” thick for both pieces and the cutter will be beveled on one side which will make it easier to be used as a slice server as in the inspiration piece. And I need to get some bee’s wax to add to the finishing regime.
I hope these pieces will help out the Water for People cause. I had fun making them. Questions, comments, suggestions are appreciated.

-- God bless, Candy

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 10-07-2014 10:29 AM

Really nice, Candy! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 10-07-2014 10:35 AM

WOW!!!!!!!!! Excellent pieces, Candy. They will love them

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 10-07-2014 10:48 AM

Thanks, Sheila and Jim! Appreciate input for you both.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 10-07-2014 10:50 AM

Great looking culinary implements!!!

Kudos to both you & Don (& others), for your contributions to such a good cause.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 10-07-2014 11:01 AM

Thanks, Randy! I’m glad Don is involved in this and drew others in, as well.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 10-07-2014 11:01 AM

Great work Candy! I didn’t realize you could make a cutter out all wood… cool is that? And a great cause to boot…...

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#7 posted 10-07-2014 11:03 AM

Really nice work, Candy. Should go over well at the auction.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#8 posted 10-07-2014 11:03 AM

Great cause and very nice work!

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#9 posted 10-07-2014 11:46 AM

Fantastic, Candy. Now it just needs a pizza.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#10 posted 10-07-2014 12:43 PM

Very nice Candy. Now I’m hungry.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#11 posted 10-07-2014 12:46 PM

Great idea. A wooden pizza cutter … never dawned on me that would work. Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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Monte Pittman

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#12 posted 10-07-2014 01:36 PM

Very nice. Hope they sell big.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Don Broussard

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#13 posted 10-07-2014 02:21 PM

Very nice, Candy. I really like the idea of a wooden pizza cutter. Thanks for your kind donation. Re: the back bevel, I’m not sure it’s needed since the cutting action is shearing and there’s no grain in pizza. I wouldn’t expect too much tear out in the various layers. Oh, wait, there is grain in pizza!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#14 posted 10-07-2014 02:36 PM

Nice! I like the cutter as an addition to the peel. Great work!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#15 posted 10-07-2014 03:10 PM

O love this Candy you really have made this well ! FANTASTIC.

-- BAZZ, LIVERPOOL UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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