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The Pizza Cutter and the Simple Box.

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The Pizza Cutter and the Simple Box.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 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.



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Antique car replica

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Antique car replica1915 rolls Royce gosh
Fenders are saloon
Dices are oak
The rest poplar
I used ash for the wheels and the driving wheel
13,5 inches long, 5 inches wide and 3.5 inches high



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