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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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