Pizza Time!

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Project by Brett posted 01-22-2014 03:44 PM 1453 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love pizza! I don’t think there is any such thing as bad pizza. I even like the cheap frozen stuff!

But, this isn’t about me our how much I like pizza. It’s about a buddy of mine that I met through an airgun forum about 6 years ago. We live half of the nation apart from one another but last year I had the opportunity to travel, with my son, to the state where my online friend lived.

After taking care of our intended business for the trip, we (son and I) drove up to the Dallas area where we stayed with my friend and his family. It was a wonderful time to finally get to meet, in person, and spend some time together shooting airguns and visiting. He and his wife and son were very hospitable and wonderful people.

One of the topics that we like to talk about is food. Pizza being one of our favorite foods to eat. My buddy loves to make pizza so he decided that when we came to visit, we would have some of his homemade pizza that we had talked about so much. It was not a disappointment! We had some great pizza and fellowship that evening!

One thing that I was surprised about was that he didn’t have a pizza cutter, the round kind like I am used to using at our house, to cut the pizza. He was using a regular knife to cut the slices. The light bulb went off! I had a great idea to get one of those pizza cutter wheels and turn him a “proper” pizza cutter!

Finally, I did just that! Here it is!

The cutter is from Woodcraft and is the Wood River brand that they carry there. My previous project was an ice cream scoop for my daughter. I glued up two checker board blanks for that project. Two, just in case I ruined one. I made the scoop handle with no issues so I had the second blank ready for this pizza wheel!

I was planning on keeping this a surprise for when the package would just “show up” on the doorstep. I am sooo weak. I was talking with him lastnight and I spilled the beans. So much for the surprise.

The handle is black walnut and maple, turned on the lathe. I was given the idea for the shape from one of my boys to make it like the handle on some of my turning tools. Great idea! Now that is how I turned it, just shorter.

I finished it with some spray finish in satin.

I did have one mishap. To install the cutter head into the handle, it uses a threaded insert. I did have part of the handle split. I filled the gap with some medium CA glue and sanded it. I know it’s there but it doesn’t look bad, at least I don’t think.

If you made it to this point, thanks for looking! And reading! Ha ha

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#1 posted 01-22-2014 05:27 PM

Great story and great pizza cutter!!!

Thanks for sharing!


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#2 posted 01-23-2014 02:26 AM

A bit long – but a good story. I also like the Pizza cutter, it came out nice.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 01-23-2014 10:41 AM

Looks very good. I can’t see where you had a boo-boo. That’s all a part of woodworking…........being able to fix/hide your boo-boo’s.

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

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#4 posted 01-26-2014 03:50 PM

Great looking handle on that thing Brett!

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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#5 posted 01-27-2014 04:54 PM

Great story and that pizza cutter handle is beautiful and well finished. It’s a great fit to a great friend. Well done!

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