Pizza Peels

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Project by SPalm posted 12-19-2012 02:42 PM 2216 views 10 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are some presents I made last weekend for my kids. I don’t get a lot of time in the shop recently, so this was a really enjoyable build. The blades are about one foot square and then another foot for the handle. Cherry, walnut, and maple. I made a tapering sled to hold the peel at an angle while I sent it through the thickness sander – a planer would work as well, but I find it more enjoyable at the sander. 36 grit sandpaper does the job pretty quickly.

The handles are 9/16 inches thick and are not tapered. The entire flat was tapered at about a 2 degree slope until it was about 1/8 in thick. Then I made another jig so I could stand them on end, tilted the table saw blade a smidgen and beveled the bottom inch so they have a nice knife like edge. You can get an idea of the amount of tapering from picture #5. The handle and the top edged of the blade have a 1/8 inch round-over from the router table.

I basically used the design from American Woodworker. I had some trouble getting the curves I was looking for, so I used Sketchup and tested some ideas. I thought I would post a screen capture from that work. The curves are all 2 inch diameter, and the thin strips are .75 inches wide. I cut the first curves, glued-up the peel, and then drum sanded the blending curve into the handle.

And here is a bonus pic. Wooden whistles as described by Mary Anne. I plan to give them out to the neighbor kids. I am sure that their parents will love me for it. What a hoot.

Happy Holidays All,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#1 posted 12-19-2012 03:07 PM

Very nice Steve.
With a knife edge like that you can even get those pizzas with the really square corners on the bottom ;-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#2 posted 12-19-2012 03:18 PM

I like em both Steve.super job.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 12-19-2012 03:29 PM

Looks like they will work.
And the whistles are quite the HOOT!

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#4 posted 12-19-2012 03:33 PM

Very cool, Steve!!....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 12-19-2012 03:35 PM

very nice, i like the long handle

-- Joe, Ga

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#6 posted 12-19-2012 03:43 PM

Magnificent work.

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#7 posted 12-19-2012 04:32 PM

These look first class Steve. Excellent work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 12-19-2012 05:40 PM

Bravo Steve!

The Peels look fantastic.

I am really glad you don’t live any closer than you do – those whistles would drive me crazy! ;-)



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#9 posted 12-19-2012 05:42 PM

Steve, nice work!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#10 posted 12-19-2012 06:18 PM


Great work… COOL procedure in making them!

Was that the issue of American Woodworker that it was in?

Beautiful design.

... and your whistles are a nice way of topping it off!

Thank you.

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#11 posted 12-19-2012 06:21 PM

Good work, Steve.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#12 posted 12-19-2012 07:10 PM

Great work as always.

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#13 posted 12-19-2012 07:36 PM

Nice touch putting the sketchup plans…
Merry Christmas old mate…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#14 posted 12-19-2012 08:01 PM

Very nie Steve.

They look neat.

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#15 posted 12-19-2012 09:39 PM

Very nice!

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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