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Pizza Peel Completed
If you’re looking for an easy weekend project.  A Pizza Peel, or Baker’s Peel is an excellent project to tackle.  My wife asked me to make one of these awhile back and this turned out to be a great little project.  To gather inspiration for this; I Googled pizza peel and quickly found out there were quite a few folks who have made these.  The basic design of the peel was to edge join three boards made out of maple.  I also needed to plane my boards down to a thickness of 3/8”.  I don’t have a sizer planer, so I used my joiner planer to get this done.  It’s a bit of a pain to resize boards this way, but this was a pretty small project so it wasn’t too bad.  After I re-sized my boards I cut the outside boards to a length of 5-1/2” x 14” and the inside board was cut to a size of 2” x 20”.  The handle was cut to a length of 2” x 6”.

If you want to see more about this project, check out my post over at www.woodlogger.com

 

Materials
Not a lot for this one.  I was able to pickup both of the boards I used for this at a local hardware store.  You could easily make two or even three of these at the same time for just a slightly longer maple board.

  • (1)  3/4” x 6” x 6’ Maple Board
  • (1)  3/4” x 2”’ x 4’ Walnut Board(I only used about a 6” length for the handle)

Milling & Assembly

Pizza Peel Planing
I started by planing the maple stock down to 3/8”.  A thickness planer is the way to go if you have one, but you can still get it done with a planer joiner.

Pizza Peel Rough Cuts
Next up was rough cutting the lumber.  The pizza peel consists of 3 boards edge joined.  The outside boards are cut to a length of 5-1/2” x 14” and the inside board was cut to a size of 2” x 20”.

Pizza Peel Rough Cuts Handle
After cutting the maple boards to length, next up was the walnut handle.  For the handle I cut one end at a 45 degree angle.  The size of the handle is 2” x 6”.

Pizza Peel Assembly Glue Up
For glue up I taped a piece of wax paper to my bench.  This will help the project from being a mess.

Pizza Peel Assembly Clamp Up
For glue up I used a water proof glue.  Clamping things up was pretty easy.  I used a scrap piece of wood to protect the sides.

Pizza Peel Assembly Glue Up Handle
For the handle I used the same water proof glue and clamped it up as shown.

Pizza Peel Assembly Corner
For the corners of the peel I used a quick corner jig.

Pizza Peel Assembly Corner Handle
I used the same jig for the handle to get a rounded look.

Pizza Peel Finish Cuts
Next up was cutting the rounded ends off the peel and the handle.  I used my bandsaw for that.

Pizza Peel Assembly Handle
I also drilled a hole into the handle.  I think was more for form than function, as I don’t see hanging this up, but it does add to the character of the piece.

Pizza Peel Assembly Edge
To get the beveled end of the peel I used a power sander.  I really thought this was going to be the hardest part of this project, but it really was a snap.  I was able to get a pretty sharp point and it was balanced on both sides pretty well.

 

Finishing
To finish the peel, I sanded it using a standard low grit, and moved my way up to a 220 grit.  I also broke the edges of the peel with sandpaper and gave it a round over look.  To finish it I used a product called salad bowl finish.  It’s supposed to be safe for wood that comes into contact with food.  I applied five coats to the peel.

 

Pizza Peel Finishing

 

This was really a fun little project that can be done in a weekend. If you want to see more pics and video of how I made this check out my site over at www.woodlogger.com

 

-- Daris, Indianapolis, http://www.woodlogger.com





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daltxguy

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#1 posted 656 days ago

Nice. Thanks. I was just exploring pizza peels.
So, seriously, if pizzas are round, why are pizza peels squarish. Has anyone seriously though about the design of these other than just being a wooden paddle?
What about the handle length of 6”. I’ve seen up to 10”. What is best?

Btw, I think you meant to say you planed your board down to a thickness of 3/8” (not width)

What’s a ‘sizer planer’ – you mean a thickness planer?

Oh and isn’t salad bowl finish just mineral oil ( which you can get food grade for far less)?

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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ptofimpact

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#2 posted 656 days ago

Very Nice Work…..the wife just bought one monday, but we probably could use another…..Thanks for the inspiration. I do not have a planer or table saw, but believe I can accomplish this with the tools I do have. Again great job~

-- Pete in NC

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Daris

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#3 posted 656 days ago

Ha, thanks daltxguy for being my woodworker terms/grammar checker. I guess I got in a hurry when I was writing some of that stuff.

I went with 6” for a length on the handle as I don’t have a lot of room between my stove and an island that is in front of it. So that length works well for me. I suppose a longer handle might be good for some.

-- Daris, Indianapolis, http://www.woodlogger.com

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MNgary

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#4 posted 655 days ago

Great job and a fantabulous set of step by step photographs!

-- I dream of the world where a duck can cross the road and no one asks why.

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