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Project by 12strings posted 119 days ago 843 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This a Christmas gift. Hard Maple & Walnut.

Steps:
1. Start with 3/4” stock from Father in Law
2. Cut to approximate length with handsaw
3. Joint edges for gluing with handplane
4. Glue-up
5. Use Jig-saw to cut out basic shape
6. Break out the heavy cambered wooden Jack plane, jointer plane, and smoothing plane….plane a gradual taper from the 3/4 handle down to a little under 1/2”. 3-4 hours of work on hard maple…not recommended. :-)
6. Hand-plane 1.5 inch taper at the front end of the paddle. (same process for the cutter).
7. Use router table to rout a round-over on the handle and back edges of the paddle section.
8. Sand to a nice finish with Random orbital sander.
9. Apply 2 coats of mineral oil.
10. Wipe with wet rag to raise the grain. Then sand smooth again.
11. Apply 3-5 coats of mineral oil.

This turned out as good I I could have hoped having been the first time I’ve glued up a panel of any kind, first time using hard maple, and first time making a pizza peel or cutter. Despite the odd color of the cutter…There is no stain…the cutter was made from a rather wacky-looking cut-off from the maple board from the main body of the peel….almost threw it away.

Thanks for looking!

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!





11 comments so far

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Jake

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#1 posted 119 days ago

I love the hand planing, can’t understand how people undertake such handplaning jobs. I hope I can do that in a few years. Love the colour combo.

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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MasterSergeant

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#2 posted 119 days ago

Congratulations, well done!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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12strings

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#3 posted 119 days ago

Like I said, I have no desire to do major thickness reduction on hard maple again…but I did learn quite a bit about plane set-up and planing strategy from this exercise. And I was more than pleased with the edge jointing…that took no time at all.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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indgreg

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#4 posted 119 days ago

very sharp love the cutter

-- greg indiana

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 119 days ago

I really like it. Great cutter.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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12strings

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#6 posted 119 days ago

Fyi: Dimensions:

Total length is about 30”
Width: 16”
Paddle length: 17”
(big enough for a 16” pizza)

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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Hawaiilad

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#7 posted 118 days ago

Oh this is really nice…I think some of these just might leave my shop soon. Did you put an edge on the cutter and does it cut the pizza pretty good.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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Woodbridge

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#8 posted 118 days ago

great project. It looks very nice. I love the last picture with all the plane shavings.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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blackcherry

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#9 posted 118 days ago

Hope the pizza is as good as the peel, nice work…BC

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12strings

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#10 posted 118 days ago

I did plane and sand to an actual edge on the cutter, then softened it with 220 sandpaper by hand to give it a little durability…hopefully since its hard maple it will last.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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12strings

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#11 posted 118 days ago

Also, I tried it on a microwave pizza, and it cut it fine…

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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