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The Pizza Cutter and the Simple Box.

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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 05-16-2020 01:50 AM 441 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boys and Girls,

I’ve been making far too many posts lately and it has cost me a small fortune in postage stamps so I am ganging up several projects (and a review) in one.

While looking through my scrap bin for material to build my Milwaukee Trimmer Box I came across this simple “unfinished” box

I made for a pizza cutter using one of my inaccurate tape measures, subsequently relegating the box to my scrap bin.

Nevertheless it brought back memories of the pizza cutter box I made those few years ago.
As I had some spare pictures of the box, I thought I’d bore you LJ members with another one of my crappy tales.

Quite a few years ago I bought 5 pizza cutters direct from Rockler for about $25 (Aust). The ones I bought had a brass head and stainless cutter. The kit came with a threaded insert and an allen key to seat the insert,

The all stainless ones currently retail for $46 from Carbatec (in Australia… nolonger shipped to Australia by Rockler). They are heavy duty… and I mean heavy duty. They weigh about 3-4 times your “standard” pizza cutter and if you don’t eat pizza, you could use them to shop wood (or fend off home intruders).

Now a box for a pizza cutter is not a practical supplement, however, I turned a very basic handle for one of the kits

and I was totally pissed with the handle’s simplicity, I decided to bling it up by making a box for it.

Had a change of heart and decided to create a form-fit base for it. First off, I scanned the cutter

and in Coreldraw created a better template than I would just pencilling around the cutter. I printed out the final outline to use as a scroll saw cutting template. The form was cut out on a bit of pine board (the swarf
),
and rounded the shape with a ¼” roundover bit

(which was eventually flocked… see gallery picture 4)
However this would not fit into the original box so a new box had to be made,

… you can see the original pee-wee lurking in the background shouting profanities at me.

Tested the fit (pic 3) and trimmed the box (from pic 02 dimensions) to a thinner dimension to just accommodate the thickness of the cutter in the profiled base.

Back to the Future II. The discovery of the dodgy box made me question my sanity of currently (ok, 2 weeks ago) using a cheapo $2 pizza cutter at home. Decided to turn a handle for another one of the kits that have been sitting gathering dust for many years.
One disadvantage of turning is that you either take so many pictures that it’s a conundrum of which to include in the gallery or you totally forget you owned a camera… well the latter option came into fruition… so here’s a belated picture of the final assembly process,

Unfortunately I didn’t toss out that inaccurate tape measure that cocked me up in the past as I made the same fitting mistake with this handle,

and grinding down the circumference of the blade was not a viable option. Fortunately the misfit was no issue as a box had no room in my cutlery pantry next to my chopsticks

Hey I might hate this bloody C-19, but I still love my Asian food… I’m multi-cultural… I eat both pizza and stir fry (noooo bats)... and sometimes at the same sitting!

Sorry GR8, no video made, however, if there are enough requests I can make one of me slobbering a large pizza down the front of my shirt.

PS. Don’t get sucked in by cheap imitations,

It’s about $1 cheaper than the Rockler (USA price), however, it doesn’t come with a threaded insert, allen key and the body is not as robust with a wobbly blade. Also missing are the spot holes to find the bits of pizza adhering to the blade after cutting.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD





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mel52

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#1 posted 05-16-2020 03:29 AM

Beautiful job on the cutter handle, and the box for it is very well done. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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pottz

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#2 posted 05-16-2020 03:42 AM

ok duckie im callin you out on this one.who the hell keeps a pizza cutter in a special wooden box.yes the cutter is done beautiful but i dont know about you aussies but yanks dont make a presentation box for their pizza cutters!!!! stop shown off,im done…..............great now i want some pizza….......thanks again….for nothing…..geeez! hey get me some vino,enough.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 05-16-2020 06:01 AM

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LittleBlackDuck

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#4 posted 05-16-2020 07:05 AM

Thanks guys….


ok duckie im callin you out on this one.who the hell keeps a pizza cutter in a special wooden box…
- pottz

Those are boxing words pottzy.
I suppose you keep those pissant toothpicks just laying around loose at the bottom of the kitchen drawer… If people can place lowly toothpicks in a container, they should behest the same privilege of boxing up the majestic, life-saving, everday-used (and sometimes every-meal-that-day) pizza cutter.

Why confine that precious utensil to a drawer… rather keep it on the bench in a box, safe from those bloody health food shitty polutants that SWMBO insists on infiltrating the kitchen with.

Furthermore it is my endeavor for a healthy life… the green flock represents the green in our diet that all medicos insist on. Feel free to keep putting kale on your pizzas.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#5 posted 05-16-2020 12:35 PM

Majestic, life-saving, “nearly” everyday-used, indeed. Kale! Nobody eats kale, they just throw it in the garbage and talk about eating it and how good it is for you.

Simple? That box is not simple. If it was simple we would see butt joints anf screw heads. I dont see those.
Which, I suppose, would be anathama to you.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: Because cheese isnt a healthy source of cheese, I will use grated cucumber to top off this raw food vegan pizza.

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pottz

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#6 posted 05-16-2020 05:11 PM

damn first you get me to make a box for my router plane now i gotta make a box for my pizza cutter too! where will it end ;- )

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#7 posted 05-16-2020 05:41 PM



Simple? That box is not simple…
- wildwoodbybrianjohns

Thanks wwbbj, however, compared to yourself and many other LJ’ers I seldom surpass pine for my containers. Exotics are hard to come by in downtown Churchill and it’s just too bloody hard to dovetail cardboard.

damn first you get me to make a box for my router plane now i gotta make a box for my pizza cutter too! where will it end ;- )
- pottz

No need to make a box pottzy... dare I blaspheme?... Hell, I risk mouthing the forthcoming expletive about to follow below, from the safety of my over reinforced bunker...

You could always stop eating pizza!

Eek! Bolt the door and block your ears! I think the C-19 may settle long before the anticipated pottzy fallout…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#8 posted 05-16-2020 05:46 PM



Beautiful job on the cutter handle, and the box for it is very well done. Excellent job !!! Mel

- mel52


Thanks mel, but rest assured I’m not so uncouth to box my cutter… the boxed cutter was a present to a friend whose missus hates pizza.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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mel52

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#9 posted 05-17-2020 04:17 AM

You guys mentioned Kale earlier. Kale ( and most veggies ), aren’t food, Kale ( and most veggies ), is what food eats. LOL. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#10 posted 05-23-2020 04:21 AM

Noce work

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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