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Backstory: This year, my entire family had the honor of being in the wedding party of two of our closest friends. I was a groomsman for someone who was in a bible study I led for many years, my wife the matron of honor for one of her closest friends in our church, and our 1.5 year old daughter had her first gig as a flower girl. The honor of standing with them on their wedding day deserved a present with a personal touch, so my wife and I decided that we would both individually make a wedding present for them.
Project: My contribution was this pizza peel. This project along with an end grain cutting board project (for another wedding this year, where I was the best man) that was done in parallel, and was the first project I did using hardwood (hard maple and cherry) and rough-sawn lumber. I milled the lumber to just a hair over 1/2” thick and edge joined the pieces to a 16” wide board. Following the glue-up, I cleaned up the surface with my #4 bench plane, knocking the thickness to my desired 1/2”. I cut the shape of the pizza peel on the band-saw and sanded smoothed most of the edges. The front lip profile was done with a combination of planing with a block plane, followed by careful sanding. After sanding to 220 grit, I put the bride and groom’s initials and their anniversary date into the handle using a soldering iron, and finished it with Howards Butcher Block Oil. At the time of these photos, I believe ~5-6 coats of butcher block oil had been applied.