My first Pizza Peel

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Project by Rockbuster posted 10-14-2011 07:31 PM 3348 views 12 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at making one of these. I was asked by my step daughter to make a present for her father-in-law, who has everything, and nobody knows what to get him for a gift. She told me that he has a rather large Pizza oven equipped with the stones and anything else that goes into making a great pizza. I came here to Lumberjocks and started looking thru the projects and found a very nice version of one of these made by Jonathan Hope you don’t mind me borrowing some of your ideas Jon.
The overall length is 30 ” There is about 13 ” of exposed handle
The board itself measures 16” wide X 17” long
The thickness of the board goes from 1/2” to 3/8”
The top of the board front edge radius tapers back 1&1/4”
The bottom of the board radius front edge tapers approx. 5/8”
The whole thing weighs just 2lbs. 12oz.
I used Jatoba for the center, the light thin strips are white Ash followed by cherry, more Ash strips, the darker red woodis Chac-te-kote, Ash, cherry, and finally the outer edges are Black Walnut I used two heavy coats of mineral oil for a finish. Sorry but I did not take any close up pictures of the front ddge

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#1 posted 10-14-2011 07:37 PM

Hello Rockbuster

I love it

A very sympathic contrast between the woods

A nicely job

On lumberjock we see more and more pizza peel and I’m thinking to making one in the future

Thanks for the idea and for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#2 posted 10-14-2011 08:08 PM

Very colorful, hopefully it will get used and not put up for display because it is to nice to use. I have never heard of Chac-te-kote wood. Is it a local tree?

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#3 posted 10-14-2011 08:12 PM

Now this is a pizza peel. WELL DONE. I might have to add this to my inventory for my craft shows. This is beautiful. Got more to show?

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#4 posted 10-14-2011 09:18 PM

Thanks for the fine comments guy’s Amagineer Chac-te-Koke is very much in composition like Paduk, but a little finer grain, maybe like soft Maple. I am not exactly sure where it comes from, my guess is from Mexico south. thru Central America. It makes about the same mess as Paduk, red dust all over everything.. Finishes nicely, and will take on a shine.. You may also see it listed as Redheart. Tropical Exotic Hardwood lists it at $8.00 per bd. ft. 4/4. I think that you can get it from time to time at Woodcraft.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#5 posted 10-15-2011 01:15 AM

Great work! I’m sure he loves it…..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 10-15-2011 01:26 AM

really nice. the mixture of wood and the colours is execellent

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 10-15-2011 04:08 AM

Rockbuster, I’ll take it as a compliment that my peel was good enough to offer inspiration for another’s project. If anybody wants to see what the front lip looks like, I’ve got pictures of the lip on the link posted, which is basically the same as the lip on Rockbuster’s peel.

Excellent wood combination… very colorful. Yours certainly looks racier than mine, with your swept edges and front lip being more curved.

Nicely done!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#8 posted 10-15-2011 05:22 AM

Now you need to make a plain looking one that he can use in the oven. I don’t know that I could ever bring myself to use this – way too pretty!

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#9 posted 10-15-2011 07:38 AM

Dyn-O-mite! Looks Faaaaaaast! This is a sure winner and thanks for sharing.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#10 posted 10-15-2011 04:21 PM

Now that’s a beauty!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#11 posted 10-27-2011 04:46 AM

Now that is a gift for the man that has everything!! Sure is beautiful!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#12 posted 02-01-2013 04:09 PM

Nice peel Rock…love the colors in the wood

-- Cosmicturner

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