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Pizza Peel

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Pizza Peel CompletedIf 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.

 

Materials

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

Pizza Peel Planing I started by planing the maple stock down to 3/8″.  A thickness planer is the way to go if you have one, but you can still get it done with a planer joiner.
 Pizza Peel Rough Cuts Next up was rough cutting the lumber.  The pizza peel consists of 3 boards edge joined.  The outside boards are cut to a length of 5-1/2″ x 14″ and the inside board was cut to a size of 2″ x 20″.
Pizza Peel Rough Cuts Handle After cutting the maple boards to length, next up was the walnut handle.  For the handle I cut one end at a 45 degree angle.  The size of the handle is 2″ x 6″.

Pizza Peel Assembly Glue Up For glue up I taped a piece of wax paper to my bench.  This will help the project from being a mess.
Pizza Peel Assembly Clamp Up For glue up I used a water proof glue.  Clamping things up was pretty easy.  I used a scrap piece of wood to protect the sides.
Pizza Peel Assembly Glue Up Handle For the handle I used the same water proof glue and clamped it up as shown.
Pizza Peel Assembly Corner  For the corners of the peel I used a quick corner jig.
Pizza Peel Assembly Corner Handle  I used the same jig for the handle to get a rounded look.
Pizza Peel Finish Cuts  Next up was cutting the rounded ends off the peel and the handle.  I used my bandsaw for that.
Pizza Peel Assembly Handle  I also drilled a hole into the handle.  I think was more for form than function, as I don’t see hanging this up, but it does add to the character of the piece.
Pizza Peel Assembly Edge  To get the beveled end of the peel I used a power sander.  I really thought this was going to be the hardest part of this project, but it really was a snap.  I was able to get a pretty sharp point and it was balanced on both sides pretty well.

Finishing

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.

 

Pizza Peel Finishing

Finishing the Pizza Peel, I used five coats of salad bowl finish.

 

 

 

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One comment

  1. I purchased one of those glue applicators at the Wood working show in Indy last month. Your right the old glue peels right off. When I pull off I think that I’m pulling out the rubber piece’s out but they stay right there.

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