Introduction: Homemade Wood Pizza Cutters

Step 1: Ripping the Board

I start out with a three-quarter inch piece of hardwood. I set the table saw to split it down the middle.I start with the blade about a quarter of the way up and then flip the board from front to back and cut the other side. You always want to keep the same side of the board to the fence so your cuts lineup when you get through.after you make the first two cuts then you raise the blade higher and make two more and keep doing that tell you Cut Through you're board. I then run the sides that you just cut through the planner so you get a nice even on both sides of the board

Step 2: Marking Your Board

I then lay the boards on the table and have a pizza cutter that I use as a template to draw them out on the board.

Step 3: Cutting the Shape

I then use my jigsaw to cut the shapes out of the wood. I use about 10 teeth per inch blade on that.

Step 4: Sanding

I then go over to the horizontal sander and sand all of the edges so they're nice and smooth due to the fact that you don't always get a perfect cut with the jigsaw. Then I sand the two sides with the random orbit sander to make sure everything there is perfectly smooth.I will start with a 150 grit and then go to 220 since I ran it through the planer they're pretty smooth to begin with.

Step 5: Router Time

I then use a 45° bit in my router table and get it set up so the piece of wood just barely hits the roller bead on the top.then I will take all of the pizza cutters and sharpen one side going from front to back. Then I readjust the router table so you can get sharpening on the other side this is the hard side to do. There's not a lot of room there to work with so this is where you have to be very careful keep your eye on your fingers are at all times.

Step 6: More Sanding

Then I go back to the horizontal sander and the table can drop to a 45°. And then I will sand both sides of the pizza cutter that I just ran through the router just to make sure the edge is nice and sharp I use a 220 grit for this step. Then I will likely take off the corners on the top side of the pizza cutter where you grab it so you don't have any sharp edges up there while you're cutting your pizza.

Step 7: Boring a Hole

I then take a 1 inch Forstner bit and put a hole through it in the front of the pizza cutter. That way you have something to hang onto and if I say so myself they're so pretty you can hang them on the wall in the kitchen as art.

Step 8: Finishing

I use a product from Watco it's a cross between a poly and a butcher block oil.this product really brings the grain out in the wood.I normally put 4 Applications Of this product on with Sanding and in between applications with a 320 grit paper and just go over lightly.

Step 9: Finished Product

I normally use black walnut, cherry, red and white oak for this. From thin crust too thick crust it'll cut them all. After I've cut my pizza and i just wipe it off with a wet towel. Do not put in dishwasher. They are unique and beautiful if you want to see more go to Todd's SOD woodworking on Facebook.

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andyup1 made it! (author)2015-02-26

Nice work, thanks for the inspiration. I don't have a router to sharpen it, I used a belt sander, like you mentioned. I modeled mine after one of the swords in the Hobbit movie, because I'm a bit nerdy like that. I used olive oil to finish mine. The cross guard would obviously hit the counter top, will have to cut on the edge of the counter. Haven't tested the pizza cutting abilities yet, but am so far pleased with it.

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Thor Hunter (author)andyup12015-02-26

Nice job. It's fun making your own creations. I'm glad I could help you make yours. Keep working at it.

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balderd (author)2014-12-21

If you attach your template to the piece with double-sided tape you will have a bearing guide to chamfer the second side. It'll make for an easier and safer time on the router table.

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Thor Hunter (author)balderd2014-12-21

Thanks, I'll try that

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jenandjuice made it! (author)2014-12-13

Finished! As promised few weeks back, I was able to make it with a salvaged bamboo cutting board! It's a little thicker and not as tall (due to the piece I had to work with), but can cut an "18 pizza (at least thin crust; haven't tried thick).

The only tools I had on hand for this were a jigsaw of poor quality, a rotary tool with sanding and cutting attachments, and a drill; still came out perfectly and took about 5 hours. I also used mineral oil formulated for wood and bamboo to treat it.

(The second pic has a horizontal line that was routed into the cutting board for drainage... not sure if it's beneficial to preventing sauce on the fingers, yet :D )

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Thor Hunter (author)jenandjuice2014-12-14

Looks great. The longest on Ive made is 24 inches long. It was a special order and it turned out nice. Good job

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timnolan (author)2014-11-26

don't be a jerk dude

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Thor Hunter (author)timnolan2014-11-27

Thank you

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paddlerjay (author)2014-11-26

So why not use a knife ? Hang it on a wall by all means but just another tool to clutter my drawer!

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Bettybstt (author)2014-11-25

Excellent! I know what Christmas gifts I'm making!

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Thor Hunter (author)Bettybstt2014-11-25

there fun to make. they make great gifts.

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garg11 (author)2014-11-25

Nice job! I will do the same.

Very like your warning about fingers.

I know prevention of accidents, like three of my fingers ;)))

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Thor Hunter (author)garg112014-11-25

I think it would work with a belt sander putting the pizza cutter in a vice and trying to sharpen it that way just keeping the angle would be the hard part I just use the router but it's kind of spooky at times

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garg11 (author)Thor Hunter2014-11-25

Thank you for the tip.

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aclise (author)2014-11-25

Beautiful cutters! Do you have a template you could provide?

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Thor Hunter (author)aclise2014-11-25

Aclis mine roughly 13 inches long so what I did to get my template was take a piece of paper make my and lines at 13 and then just put down half rounds tell I got one I like that works for me should work for you have a nice day thanks for the comment .

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clazman (author)2014-11-25

Very nice! Has my vote.

I use Watco Danish Oils almost exclusively.


Many years ago, while a teenager, I was shown a technique for applying it. Our Norwegian friend showed me how he wet sanded with the oil using 220 grit wet/dry.

the wet sanding helped fill any small pores and some imperfections quite nicely.

I was very impressed with the results. I do not understand why so many go to the extreme case of using 400 or 600 grit.

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Thor Hunter (author)clazman2014-11-25

Thanks for the tip I'll try that on the next batch

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chabias (author)2014-11-25

Love this. I make kitchen utensils in my spare time and have never considered trying to make a pizza cutter. Thanks for the 'Ible. Got my vote.

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Thor Hunter (author)chabias2014-11-25

Thank you. Now you will have to find some time to try to make this one.

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boxcarmj (author)2014-11-25

Thank-you!

Mike.

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Fission Chips (author)2014-11-23

This is so amazing and unique! You are so skilled at woodworking. Great details for building AND using this awesome tool! Your dimensions are really helpful for people looking to build this, and your pictures are amazing! Great job being creative and innovative. You are the kind of person who makes Instructables so awesome.

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Thank you very much. If you would like to see some of my other thing that I make go to Todd's SOD woodworking on FB. I also make picture frames & pipe shelfs and lamps.

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supreme creator (author)2014-11-22

this is a really cool idea. Do you think plywood would work or would it be two thick ?

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I don't think I would try it with plywood. I think it might start to come apart after you've sharpened it and you're putting pressure down on the pizza or whatever you're cutting.

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jenandjuice (author)2014-11-22

Sweet! Do you think pressed bamboo would work? I have some scraps from a cutting board that was snapped on the grain.

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Thor Hunter (author)jenandjuice2014-11-22

I think it would work. Mine are about 13 long 6 high 1/4 thick. If you don't have a router you could try a belt sander for the sharp edge. Practice on scrap wood first. Good luck.

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paybackiv (author)2014-11-21

These are great! I was looking at some of your other ones on FB...do you price the ones you sell differently depending on wood type?

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Thor Hunter (author)paybackiv2014-11-21

Thank you. I get 20$ for the cherry,red & white oak. 25 for the black walnut. You can massage on my FB page if your interested.plus shipping. We can work on a package price for 4 or more. let me know. I also have some picture frames & lamps.

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Thor Hunter (author)2014-11-21

Try Todd's SOD woodworking on FB

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Thor Hunter (author)2014-11-20

There great for that. I can ship them.

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Wired_Mist (author)2014-11-20

Sweet Idea ! Anyone else thinking christmas presents?

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peppypickle (author)2014-11-20

These are beautifully crafted! Thanks so much for sharing :)

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Thor Hunter (author)peppypickle2014-11-20

Thank you

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