Dueling pizza peels

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Project by hairy posted 05-16-2016 01:47 PM 1073 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK, they’re not banjos, but they could be. Or mandolins, violins, a balalaika would look cool. I like adapting shapes from one use to another.

First, I want to thank Brian Havens for his great video about inlays.

I watched it a lot before starting any work. These are my first 2 projects using inlay. I did make my inserts closer to 3/8” thick rather than his 1/8”.

Before doing any routing, I had to adapt my router to accept the bushing. I made an adapter on the lathe. I turned a short section of the blank to the inside dimensions of my router plate and a new Porter Cable plate. By stacking 1 on top of the other I marked the bolt hole pattern of the old plate onto the new.

The majority of the work goes into making patterns. I used 1/4” hardboard. After all the inlay, the pattern is used to flush trim on the router table. The fretboard is a separate pattern.

I used my little block plane, and later a sanding block, to taper the edge.

The scariest part for me was drilling out a space for the hanger plate.

And here’s the best part, I’m finished making Christmas presents this year.

One lesson I learned from this, I need a drill press table.

12” x 36” x 1/2” thick. Pine and walnut. Howard’s Cutting Board Oil.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#1 posted 05-16-2016 01:57 PM

Hey now there’s a good looking Pizza Peel ! Guitars, banjos Balalaikas , Samisens what the hell they all sound good to me ! Good work !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#2 posted 05-16-2016 02:00 PM

Realy successful adoption of guitar shape, brilliant idea. You opened here many new options.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 05-16-2016 03:35 PM

Oh yea! I like it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 05-16-2016 03:37 PM

Quite a peel! How long is it? Looks long enough to reach to the back of a full brick oven!

-- How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?

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#5 posted 05-16-2016 11:17 PM

Very cool! Nice job with the inlays.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 05-17-2016 01:08 AM

Very cool! Nice job with the inlays.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 05-19-2016 06:14 AM

Good one Hairy. Very nice to look at.


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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