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Project by retired_guru posted 02-19-2020 03:41 PM 1540 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a belated Christmas gift to the wife, completed last month, based on WoodRiver’s 16” Rocking Pizza Cutter Kit, which consists of the 16” blade and four sets of Allen keyed bolts and nuts.

I used seasoned cherry board I bought locally several years ago. I love working with cherry—the way it ages over time makes it such a warm-colored local species to build with.

Larger Philips head bolts and standard nuts were used in lieu of the kit provided mounting hardware. The tiny Allen key head bolts and nuts were super difficult to manipulate while handling a sharp heavy stainless steel blade, and the head and nut sizes were not going to secure the blade to the handle, no matter how precise I counterbored the holes. The bolts were also way too short for the wood thickness suggested in the instructions. This was obviously a known problem with WoodRiver since they stated in the the instructions that the blade is to be epoxied into the handle. Using larger, easier to manipulate bolts and nuts, and no glue, will allow for handle replacement, should this one wear out, crack, or get broken from a drop on the floor.

A major shortcoming of this kit is that there is no mention, on the box cover, in the order description, or in the instruction sheet, of making a sheath for the blade. This is one heavy blade without the handle. I neglected to check the sharpness of the blade before dry fitting the handle I made. A deep slice in a finger tip was my reward. It took me a week to settle on this style of sheath as the easier, most practical design for how the knife will have to be stored when not in use. Its construction is reflective of how I chose to create a slot just wide enough for the blade. A thin kerf table saw blade cuts the same dimension as the blade width.

Finish comprises of three coats of WATCO Danish Oil (Natural), followed by three coats of sprayed on Helmann’s Spar Urethane.

The wife loves how it looks. Getting her to use it…

-- -- Paul: jack of all dreams, a master none.





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Ivan

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#1 posted 02-19-2020 03:43 PM

Cool idea and cool storage box.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 02-19-2020 07:54 PM

Awesome project Paul and practical too!! Are you in the same place? I thought at one time you were going to move?

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 02-19-2020 11:21 PM

I love that idea. And yes, that blade is very sharp as even I can attest to after building my own version of it last month out of Purpleheart. We also cut part of the spine of the blade to allow it to sit on a stand.

-- Cowboy Up or Quit - If you are going to quit than get out of my way

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#4 posted 02-20-2020 02:47 AM

Pretty cool. Nice work.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#5 posted 02-20-2020 04:06 PM

Wow! Looks great and must be a real asset in the kitchen! Good Job!

-- Mike

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#6 posted 02-20-2020 08:29 PM



Cool idea and cool storage box.

- Ivan

Thanks, Ivan!

- Paul

-- -- Paul: jack of all dreams, a master none.

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#7 posted 02-20-2020 08:33 PM



Awesome project Paul and practical too!! Are you in the same place? I thought at one time you were going to move?

- luv2learn

Thanks, Lee!

We were and we still will. Originally we were looking to locate near where our two daughters live, out in the Western end of NY. The wife and I have decided to stay in this area, where the taxes are more affordable and where she can continue sub-teaching at her old school. Finding a modest home with the perfect workshop space has been challenging. We will most likely be in our present location into next year. We’ll see. :/

-- -- Paul: jack of all dreams, a master none.

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#8 posted 02-20-2020 08:36 PM



I love that idea. And yes, that blade is very sharp as even I can attest to after building my own version of it last month out of Purpleheart. We also cut part of the spine of the blade to allow it to sit on a stand.

- cowboyup3371

Yours must look awesome in purpleheart! I’ve never worked with the wood. I’ve read/heard that it turns a dark brownish over time, and that it’s not the easiest wood to work with. If you have pics of it at your profile, let me and I’ll take a look.

I considered making the handle two parts instead of one along the entire length of the blade. If I ever build another one I might just make it as you have.

- Paul

-- -- Paul: jack of all dreams, a master none.

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#9 posted 02-20-2020 08:37 PM



Pretty cool. Nice work.

- swirt

Thanks!

- Paul

-- -- Paul: jack of all dreams, a master none.

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retired_guru

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#10 posted 02-20-2020 08:39 PM



Wow! Looks great and must be a real asset in the kitchen! Good Job!

- moke

Thanks, Mike! I hope so. The wife hasn’t gotten to use it as yet. I’ll have to be the one to remember to test it out on pizza night. :)

- Paul

-- -- Paul: jack of all dreams, a master none.

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