Poplar Pizza Peel

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Project by Benboy posted 03-18-2012 01:31 AM 2924 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought a pizza peel a couple years ago from Crate and Barrel made from glued up stips of beech wood. Cost me $24. Well the Beech is coming unglued and so I went to Menard’s spent $7.38 on a 1×8 of poplar 3’ long and made my own. there is only one glue joint on the paddle and the handle was turned on my wife’s grandfather’s lathe.

-- If I can't make it, I probably don't need it.

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#1 posted 03-18-2012 03:06 AM

Nice peel! Have you used it yet?

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#2 posted 03-18-2012 03:35 AM

Yeah I used it for a loaf of bread last week. It is a little heavy since I didn’t plane down to 5/8” like the one I bought. But I like the heft. It doesn’t show up real well in the photo, but the poplar has a nice green to the dark grain.

-- If I can't make it, I probably don't need it.

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#3 posted 03-18-2012 04:17 AM

Nice work, I need to make one of these! Well done!

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

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#4 posted 03-18-2012 05:17 AM

I love it! Just this evening we had a pizza accident and I thought to myself, I need to make a peel. And here one is! Thanks for posting. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 03-18-2012 01:23 PM

looks great. I know my wife would love one of these.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 03-18-2012 03:06 PM

I’m going to end up making one of these as well. Did you use a salad bowl finish for the peel?

-- Chris, Cary NC

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#7 posted 03-18-2012 04:09 PM

What is the handle? Walnut?

btw, LOVE IT! Its criminal I haven’t made one yet… ;)

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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#8 posted 03-18-2012 05:55 PM

I did not use Salad bowl finish since food never comes in contact with the peel. I always put my bread and Pizza on parchment paper on top of the peel. So it slides easy onto the baking stone and keeps me from getting corn meal all over the place. I just used a polycrylic finish.

The handle is poplar as well. It is all out of one piece of 1”x8”x36” polar. I took two pieces of the darker grain and glued them up. Then I turned it on the lathe. I actually made it longer than I needed and cut the dado at the end before I glued it up. I’ll try to post a side view pic so you can see how the handle is attached.

-- If I can't make it, I probably don't need it.

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#9 posted 03-18-2012 06:14 PM

If you want something done right…do it yourself! Great job, I just had need for one of these last week, when I rolled out pizza dough and made pizza, right on my counter. Needless to say it was difficult to get it on a pan, I’ll have to make one of these.

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#10 posted 03-19-2012 03:19 AM

very cool, beats the cheap quality ones I bought.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#11 posted 03-19-2012 04:11 AM

I added some pics to show how the handle is attached to the paddle and to show the profile of the edges. I primarily cut that angle with my table saw, but I had to use a rasp and file to complete the curve across the front.

-- If I can't make it, I probably don't need it.

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#12 posted 03-22-2012 08:08 PM

You might want to reconsider finishing the peel with the salad bowl finish. I use my peel more often taking the pizza off of the grill then I do transferring to a stone or something else. Got to love that grilled pizza!

But nice looking peel. Might have to make my own when the store bought one gives out on me.

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#13 posted 03-22-2012 11:25 PM

If I find myself needing a peel for grill pizza I will happily make another peel. I have always wanted to build a wood-fired pizza oven…

-- If I can't make it, I probably don't need it.

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