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bues0022

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1747 days ago

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I’m planning on making a few pizza paddles for my wife for Christmas. I have an idea on the design, and since I’ve never made multi-species projects (cutting boards etc.) I wanted to get some expert opinions. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

pizza paddle design

woods:

light – hard maple
dark – Walnut
red – ???

I want a really vibrant red, but one that won’t fade (as I’ve heard that Paduk might?) Will mahogany have enough red, or is it going to blend a little too closely with the walnut? I’d like to not have to spend a ton on a wood like bloodwood, ideas?

What about the multiple “wedges”? should I try to make the bottom edge more closely a similar width?

How do you all think the color combinations flow?

I’d appreciate any feedback you might have, good or bad.

-- Ryan -- Maple Grove, MN


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1747 days ago

I think it looks great but how will it hold up to heat?

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bues0022

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#2 posted 1747 days ago

To be honest I hadn’t really given the heat issue much thought. It should handle just fine, won’t it? My parents have a few of them that they’ve had for years and years, and they aren’t heat damaged at all. You have it in the oven just long enough to get the pizza out.

-- Ryan -- Maple Grove, MN

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closetguy

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#3 posted 1747 days ago

Padauk will turn dark and loose it’s reddish orange color eventually. Bloodwood is your best choice for a longer lasting red. You may want to try walnut, cherry, jotaba, with maple trim. I like this combination.

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knotscott

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#4 posted 1747 days ago

Padauk is pretty neat stuff, and contrasts nicely with maple, but….many exotics woods have some toxicity to them, so you’ll want to inquire and check out how to deal with it first.

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bues0022

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#5 posted 1747 days ago

I picked up a piece of Jatoba this morning for the reddish wood. I was able to find a piece that was much more of a red color. We’ll see how it holds up! Now I gotta get back home and start working!

-- Ryan -- Maple Grove, MN

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jlsmith5963

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#6 posted 1746 days ago

bues0022

The pizza will expose the paddle to more heat sitting on top of it than the time spent in the oven. Now isthat is a problem? For domestic use, I doubt it.

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jlsmith5963

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#7 posted 1746 days ago

Oh and as to the design, I would soften the hard angles, if you just think about it, how many utensils in the kitchen have sharp edges (that aren’t meant to cut)? I believe there is a reason for that.

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bues0022

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#8 posted 1746 days ago

I was thinking the same on the heat. Yeah, the pizza is hot when it comes out – but not that hot for that long. It’s kinda the same idea as putting it on a cutting board, right?

I’m also planning on giving everything a fillet on all edges, I just didn’t take the time to draw it in. Thanks for the reminder.

-- Ryan -- Maple Grove, MN

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Jonathan

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#9 posted 1285 days ago

Did this project ever come to fruition? I didn’t see it listed in your Projects. I’m asking because I’m also done with a pizza peel that is also a multi-species lamination.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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bues0022

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#10 posted 1285 days ago

No, unfortunately it never did go anywhere. It’s been “back-burnered” for some time now. I actually have all of the materials, but since this idea started I finished grad school, moved, got a new job, and with our first child on the way I’m putting all efforts into a maloof-style rocker. Thanks for reminding me that I eventually need to build this thing.

-- Ryan -- Maple Grove, MN

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Jonathan

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#11 posted 1284 days ago

You’ve been a busy guy, and will continue to be, from the sounds of it.

Ahh, a Maloof-inspired rocker… on my list for either later this year, or sometime next year. Have fun with the build. Which plans are you using, if you don’t mind me asking? I haven’t decided which plans I’m going to use yet, and have actually considered buying several different plans and building them all, over time, of course.

Here’s a link to a question I posed about applying a finish to a pizza peel that I’m almost finished with, including a couple of mediocre pictures to inspire you to build yours sometime in the next year or two:
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/24776

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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bues0022

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#12 posted 1284 days ago

I saw your post about the finish on yours, but honestly I didn’t keep up on it much. I’ll keep it in mind for when I’m finally done with my rocker. I’m using the Hal Taylor plans, but have modified them a bit to suite my ideas. Check out my blog, and good luck when you start!

-- Ryan -- Maple Grove, MN

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