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Walnut and Maple Pizza Peel

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Project by paxorion posted 12-12-2014 04:16 AM 1569 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

  1. 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”
  2. 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”
  3. 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.
  4. I paid attention to cutting mirror parts from the same boards of walnut and maple.
  5. The front lip has a more aggressive slope with a finer point
  6. 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.

-- paxorion





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Shawn Herrington

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#1 posted 12-12-2014 06:50 AM

So what was the finished thickness on this one? And is it a more appropriate thickness in use? A quick internet search reveals commercially available peels anywhere from 3/16” to 1/2” thick. I plan to build one eventually, so I’m curious.

-- -Shawn

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paxorion

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#2 posted 12-12-2014 02:15 PM


So what was the finished thickness on this one? And is it a more appropriate thickness in use? A quick internet search reveals commercially available peels anywhere from 3/16” to 1/2” thick. I plan to build one eventually, so I m curious.

- Shawn Herrington

Updated my post with the details. Final thickness is ~3/8” thick, When I wrote the project description I forgot what I had planed the material to.

-- paxorion

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jasoncarpentry

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#3 posted 12-12-2014 08:04 PM

Good job on this! What are the final dimensions?

-- Jim in Tennessee

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Scott Oldre

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#4 posted 12-13-2014 12:51 AM

beautiful. It’s a shame, they’re so fun to make, but so few people to give them to.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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paxorion

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#5 posted 12-13-2014 01:07 AM


Good job on this! What are the final dimensions?

- jasoncarpentry

Just updated the project description to add the dimensions. It’s meant to accommodate up to a 16” pie.


beautiful. It s a shame, they re so fun to make, but so few people to give them to.

- Scott Oldre

This project brought forth the return of pizza Fridays at our house. We broke it in for the first time tonight, it worked great. One Facebook photo and 2 hours later, I already got several requests from friends to make them one. I’m pretty sure only one of them will get one ;-)

-- paxorion

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#6 posted 12-14-2014 01:07 AM

Great idea, never seen one made before, but they are very useful

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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