Pizza Peel (or Pizza Paddle if your prefer?)

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Project by CaptainKlutz posted 06-28-2019 08:05 PM 825 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently made in Klutz Arizona workshop where it’s 110F today, a PIZZA PEEL!

Funny story?
Almost 2 years ago had a pile of 1/2” thick lumber scraps from box and drawer projects. Got brilliant idea to glue up some blanks to made pizza peels. Turns out one of the two we use on family pizza night was destroyed by well intention trip thought the dishwasher. :-0)

Fast forward to now, and decided to shape and plane tapers on one of the maple blanks. While arguing with belt sander to finish the tapers, it dropped, hit concrete and broke.

Upon inspection, notice that this Klutz had glued soft maple to hard maple, and the soft maple splinters when heavy peel hits the floor. So 2 of the 3 blanks I made become firewood.

And here we have the third blank ( and it is coolest looking one too!), being shaped with hand plane:

It’s cherry center board, with walnut, and then hickory at edges.
The handle is reinforced with hickory that was glued and pinned in place.

I used the broken commercial peel as template, so this was made without any plans. Did make the handle larger than my template, as my large Klutz paws needed more length for those heavy pies requiring two handed grip.

Finish is 3 coats of Tried and True Original Wood Finish (Food safe BLO and Beeswax blend). Applied 1 coat each day, and buffed the surface with white plastic sanding pads during and before each application. The result is very touchable, and peel is joy to use.

As you can see in the project photo’s it has been put to test and works with flying colors. Entire family was able to make their favorite pizza as we got ready for movie night. Mostly pepperoni pizza’s this time?
It was even dropped by my son and survived the fall on tile floor without damage. I think the hard as nails hickory was reason? LOL

It’s embarrassing that it took this long to make a new peel. But the result was worth the wait :-)

Hope you like it, thanks for reading!

Have a great day!

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#1 posted 06-28-2019 09:18 PM

Very very nice one! I love this. A good pizza peel is so necessary to do pizza correctly

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#2 posted 06-28-2019 09:58 PM

Lovely job Captain, and I bet it makes the pizza all that much more enjoyable.
I also think it could be used as a boutique type canoe paddle.
Kind Regards

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#3 posted 06-29-2019 05:38 AM

nice peel and a tasty looking pizza,hey if i bring the beer you gonna make the pizza,lotsa meat ok?

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#4 posted 06-29-2019 12:37 PM

A successful 3rd try! Nice work!

I like the wooden rivets on the handle. I used a contrasting wood rivet on my peel handles for a bit more detail. (they are hiding in my projects page)

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 06-29-2019 04:29 PM

Stellar job on the pizza paddle, Klutz….Or pizza peel, if you prefer…..!! Turned out nice…..I like it….!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#6 posted 07-02-2019 06:42 PM

Looks really good….......oh, and so does the pizza peel.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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