|Project by emetric||posted 07-26-2014 06:48 PM||800 views||2 times favorited||1 comment|
My kids and I love to make pizza together (actually more the kids than me) but the crust never comes out the way we want it. Tuns out we were using the pizza stone wrong, I understand that you are supposed to heat the stone first then put the pizza on it. In order to do this you have to have a pizza peel, so i scavenged the cutoffs bin and came up with enough material for 2 pizza peels. This is peel no.1 comprised of poplar, cherry, sapelle, and walnut. This is one of those “use whatcha got” kind of projects, completed without a plan, including some inspired design elements (aka purposely left behind happy accidents). The design was supposed to be mirrored but I glued the two halves together and planed them then glued them to the handle stock but glued one side on the opposite edge. Turns out I like the asymmetrical version better anyway. The walnut handle was not quite stiff enough at 1/2” thick so I added the sapelle accent. Wanting to tie the sapelle element more fully into the handle, I cut off a length of walnut off the end of the handle, split it and glued it onto the sides along with some sapelle strips. Afterwards, I cut and shaped the handle to be shaped reminiscent of the shape of the paddle itself. I actually beveled both sides of the business end of the peel to ease picking up the cooked pizza as shown in the last picture. I also drilled a hole in the handle so that my peel could hang on the wall in the kitchen as a decoration when not in use. The peel is finished with a beeswax/mineral oil combo. I did all the shaping by hand with a chisel and sandpaper to create more of a handcrafted look. I am exceptionally happy with the result. I hope you enjoyed the post as much as I enjoyed building this.
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