|Project by paxorion||posted 12-12-2014 04:16 AM||1694 views||5 times favorited||6 comments|
This is my second pizza peel. Made of walnut and maple shorts left over from the cutting boards I made earlier this year. I made a few design and functional improvements over my first peel in a couple of areas.
- My first peel was a bit thick. I milled the lumber to just above over 3/8” thick (0.4” thick). After final hand planing and sanding, it was closer to 3/8”
- The main body of the peel is 16” wide and 18” long to accommodate my oven and pizza stone. The handle adds an extra 13.5”
- The first peel had too thin a handle. I beefed this one up by gluing on a strip of 1/4 walnut on the top of the peel and and on the sides towards the end to make a round end.
- I paid attention to cutting mirror parts from the same boards of walnut and maple.
- The front lip has a more aggressive slope with a finer point
- The entire piece was sanded to 320 grit
The project was in limbo for close to 4 months, until I decided on a whim to finally knock as my wife’s Christmas present. Finish is just mineral oil. The unexpected surprise came after I began applying the mineral oil and I noticed the two wider pieces of walnut was a lighter color, which I think adds another unique twist to the piece.