Pizza cutter handle... wood and metal turning

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Project by Mainiac Matt posted 07-09-2018 01:47 PM 1004 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m turning handles out of a Bloodwood blank for some kitchen utensils I got my lovely wife for Christmas. But this simple handle turning project turned into more of a metal working project.

This kit has a threaded insert to be installed in the end of the handle, which allows the cutter to be removed and washed separately. But I was concerned that the insert would split out the end over time. The ice-cream scooper kit I recently finished had a nice stainless steel ferrule to reinforce the end, so I figured I’d make a matching ferrule end for the pizza cutter. Since I use a modified bench top metal working lathe, I scrounged up a stub of stainless steel bar stock and turn a ferrule to make the modifications I wanted.

Then I was confronted with the very poor quality cast threads on the end of the otherwise very nice pizza cutter. So I cut off the poorly threaded stub and filed the face flat. Then I drilled and tapped a 5/16-18 hole and purchased a stainless set screw. Much nicer.

Finish was quick and easy with home mixed shine juice. It’s not hard to make the Bloodwood look good.

Just a simple little turned handle with a metal working twist. Thanks for looking.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#1 posted 07-09-2018 02:00 PM

Beautiful job! Great job of turning your handle, it looks great. I especially like the pictures and your instructional comments on how it was made. Thanks for inspiring

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#2 posted 07-09-2018 06:19 PM

Beautiful job, Matt. Is the handle still removable? If it’s like mine, I need to hold it at an angle while using it or else it will twist like it is coming off. I don’t know if anyone else has that issue. You just get pizza sauce on your fingers when it happens so no biggie (unless it JUST came out of the oven). Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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Mainiac Matt

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#3 posted 07-09-2018 11:08 PM

Yes, it’s still removeable. Because of the ferrule it locks up tight metal to metal, so I doubt it will slip when used.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#4 posted 07-10-2018 12:07 AM

Very nice work, your should love it.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#5 posted 07-10-2018 01:28 AM

Nice.I like the ferrule you added.The ice cream scoopers I turned had ferrules and it certainly does dress up the turned project.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#6 posted 07-10-2018 02:01 AM

Nice work.. Inspires me to order a kit and add it to my list of things to get done this lifetime. Well maybe..


-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 07-10-2018 02:32 AM

Excellent job Matt.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 07-10-2018 01:13 PM

Looks great, Matt. Very nice.

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

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#9 posted 07-10-2018 01:42 PM

You did a beautiful job on this handle. It’s beautiful and nicely done.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Mainiac Matt

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#10 posted 07-10-2018 01:47 PM

I’ve got to say that it was hard to go wrong with this Blood Wood. It’s easy to turn, sand and finish and has a nice color and grain all on it’s own without any real effort.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#11 posted 07-10-2018 03:07 PM

At first blush, it seems like a lot of work for something can be bought relatively inexpensively at the supermarket.

That said, I can tell that 1) you had a lot of fun tackling this challenge – going above and beyond just making the kit, and 2) it is more than just a pizza cutter now and more of an expression of love for your wife.
Who could put a price on either of these?

Oh, and 3) you now have a pseudo family heirloom to be passed on to your great grandchildren.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#12 posted 07-10-2018 05:33 PM

Isn’t that a ferrel on the cover of the box? I’m not sure why you had to make one. As far as the threads go, I don’t blame you for cutting that junk off and doing it right.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#13 posted 07-10-2018 05:42 PM

Isn t that a ferrel on the cover of the box? I m not sure why you had to make one.
- awsu55

The ferrule in the photo of the box cover is the one I fabricated…. I put it on the box cover next to the photo of the kit to illustrate that the kit does not have a ferrule and is intended to mount directly to the turned handle.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#14 posted 07-10-2018 05:47 PM

DS… this thing has a 4” dia. wheel and can easilly double as a home defense weapon ;^)

I certainly didn’t make it for economy… I typically make things for two reasons…
1.) because I have to (don’t typically enjoy those).
2.) because I want to.

Right now I’m looking for easy, relatively quick, and rewarding projects to turn on the lathe so I can build my meager turning skills.

Probably not really “project worthy”, but I like to use my projects page to chronicle my woodworking journey. I find it fun to look at my old projects every so often and think, just maybe, that I’ve made a little progress.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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