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Project by 12strings posted 12-20-2013 12:36 PM 1197 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 12-20-2013 01:50 PM

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 12-20-2013 01:58 PM

Congratulations, well done!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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12strings

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#3 posted 12-20-2013 02:01 PM

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 12-20-2013 02:19 PM

very sharp love the cutter

-- greg indiana

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 12-20-2013 02:34 PM

I really like it. Great cutter.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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12strings

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#6 posted 12-20-2013 03:37 PM

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 12-20-2013 08:21 PM

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 12-20-2013 10:09 PM

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 12-21-2013 02:37 AM

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

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12strings

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#10 posted 12-21-2013 03:55 AM

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 12-21-2013 08:42 AM

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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