Maple & walnut pizza peel

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Project by nwbusa posted 10-05-2012 03:20 PM 4072 views 14 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was my very first woodworking project when I got back into the hobby. I wanted to make something simple yet functional, and given the amount of pizza we eat, this item gets a lot of use!

It’s about 3/8” thick, resawed from 3/4” stock on (gulp) my table saw—no band saw or planer at the time. Titebond 3 keeps it in one piece. Finished with mineral oil.

Thanks for looking!

-- John, BC, Canada

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#1 posted 10-05-2012 03:59 PM

Hi John.

Nice looking peal. What are the dimensions? If I was doing one, I think I’d double up the handle to stiffen it and make it more comfortable in the hand. Good choice of finish with the mineral oil. Very food friendly.

Now how about serving up pizza for all the LJs? (grin)

Winnipeg, Manitoba

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#2 posted 10-05-2012 04:05 PM

That’s really nice. I love the look of maple and walnut together

-- Unplugged Woodworkers -

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#3 posted 10-05-2012 04:11 PM

That’s a really nice pizza peal. Welcome back to the woodworking world, John!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#4 posted 10-05-2012 05:17 PM

Hello John

A very nice project with a beautiful contrast with the two woods

I like it
I agree with BigTiny for the handle

Thanks for sharing

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

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 10-05-2012 05:39 PM

What are the dimensions?

Nice looking, rememeber that it is nice to have the perfect tools for the job, but it is still the craftman that makes the project. Skill over comes lesser tools.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Johnny Boy

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#6 posted 10-05-2012 07:03 PM

Curves are really sexy. The contrast adds to the whole elegance

-- Johnny Boy

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#7 posted 10-05-2012 07:27 PM

Thanks everyone! Overall dimensions are 11” wide by 22” long including the handle. The handle portion is about 6 1/2” long past the maple.

I agree about the handle, and I originally was going to make it thicker, but I was outvoted by my wife who wanted it flat. So that, as they say, was that. :)

-- John, BC, Canada

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#8 posted 10-05-2012 09:16 PM

Fancy and functional! This should make your pizza time more fun!

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#9 posted 10-05-2012 09:38 PM

Nice looking pizza peel. You can’t go wrong with walnut and maple. I can see the resawed matching maple grain. Did you use any biscuits or just make sure the glue-up area was flat? Of course the biscuits would need to be near the thicker part toward the handle as most of it would be too thin. I need to make one of these to use on my outdoor grill.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#10 posted 10-05-2012 10:29 PM

nice work and contrasting woods

you glued it, use some dovetail connection or something else?
if glued, the glue can handle the oven and pizza temperature or fail after some uses?

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#11 posted 10-05-2012 11:52 PM

Sharp looking Peel John!
I made one a while back, it’s in my projects here on LJ’s. I did the handle a bit different Like
BigTiny mentioned. I like the shape of yours, it’s got class! Good job!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#12 posted 10-06-2012 12:39 AM

Thanks again everyone for the nice comments.

It’s just glued (with TB3 as I recall). It’s held up for eight or nine months now of heavy use, in and out of the oven, even been dropped a time or too (oops). So far, so good!

-- John, BC, Canada

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#13 posted 10-06-2012 10:17 AM

I have one of these on my TO-DO list. Nice job and good inspiration.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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