If you’re looking for an easy weekend project. A Pizza Peel, or Baker’s Peel is an excellent project to tackle. My wife asked me to make one of these awhile back and this turned out to be a great little project. To gather inspiration for this; I Googled pizza peel and quickly found out there were quite a few folks who have made these. The basic design of the peel was to edge join three boards made out of maple. I also needed to plane my boards down to a thickness of 3/8″. I don’t have a thickness planer, so I used my joiner planer to get this done. It’s a bit of a pain to resize boards this way, but this was a pretty small project so it wasn’t too bad. After I re-sized my boards I cut the outside boards to a length of 5-1/2″ x 14″ and the inside board was cut to a size of 2″ x 20″. The handle was cut to a length of 2″ x 6″.
As always I will put links to some of the things I used at the end of post. Also check out “my attempt” at putting a video together on how to make this.
Not a lot for this one. I was able to pickup both of the boards I used for this at a local hardware store. You could easily make two or even three of these at the same time for just a slightly longer maple board.
- (1) 3/4″ x 6″ x 6′ Maple Board
- (1) 3/4″ x 2″‘ x 4’ Walnut Board(I only used about a 6″ length for the handle)
Milling & Assembly
To finish the peel, I sanded it using a standard low grit, and moved my way up to a 220 grit. I also broke the edges of the peel with sandpaper and gave it a round over look. To finish it I used a product called salad bowl finish. It’s supposed to be safe for wood that comes into contact with food. I applied five coats to the peel.
Finishing the Pizza Peel, I used five coats of salad bowl finish.
Items used to complete this project