Pizza Peel

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Project by Chuck posted 10-19-2010 02:47 PM 2576 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My old store bought pizza peel developed a large crack a couple of months ago. I decided that it couldn’t be too difficult to make (I used the old one as the template for the new one). Made from Walnut and Sapele (maybe – not sure) that I had sitting around. It was a quick project to complete, but I let it sit around for a couple of months after the glue-up prior to cutting the shape and sanding the edges.

I did (re) learn a couple of things with this project. I was taking 4/4 stock down to less than 1/2” thick. The boards warped when they were planed to that thickness. I think I should thin the boards in steps, and let the wood adjust (and re-flatten) as I get it closer to final thickness.

I still have trouble flattening boards by hand (when they are too wide for the jointer), but I suspect that will get easier with practice.

-- Chuck, Preston CT,

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#1 posted 10-19-2010 04:17 PM

Very nice project Chuck.
I had the same thing happen to me when I planed down some thick stock to thin to make some drawers. I think you are right about letting the wood calm down a little and thinning it in stages.

And any project that has anything to do with pizza is a great project !

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#2 posted 10-19-2010 05:58 PM

My wife wants me to make one of these. Yours is very nice. Thanks for the hint about thinning it down, I’ll use that when she asks why it’s taking so long.

-- Don

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#3 posted 10-19-2010 06:06 PM

That is really nice Chuck.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#4 posted 10-19-2010 06:08 PM

Wow very nice, most a-peel-ing :)

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 10-19-2010 06:25 PM

Don – another thought I had was to make the project from narrower stock (maybe 5 strips vice 3) so I could run them throught the jointer as I thinned them down.

-- Chuck, Preston CT,

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#6 posted 10-19-2010 09:15 PM

Very pretty, and nicely done! Has been on my list for awhile, so thanks for the added incentive to get with it!

-- 4thumbs in MO

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