Pizza Peel

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Project by JamesP posted 05-19-2011 02:28 AM 1807 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We recently got a Big Green Egg grill/smoker. My favourite use so far is making pizza.

Using a piece of cardboard to carry and place the pizza got old quickly.

I was in the garage gluing up some boards for another project, and figured why not make a peel?

This in actually the second one I made. The first I ruined when it was almost complete. The ruined one had a walnut handle and maple wings. Since I had made it of pretty thick stock, and it was too wide to run through the planer, I thought I’d mill it down free hand on the CNC.

It worked well, until my lack of sufficient hold downs allowed the peel to get sucked up into the router, splitting it in half!

Undaunted, I looked around the shop for more suitable wood. I found an old teak box and piece of maple that seemed perfect. I decided to do the joint a bit differently than the first with sort of a half lap.

After doing the glue up, I thought I’d read up on teak, and whether there were any problems using it for a food utensil. Seemed like that was no problem. Thing is, teak supposedly doesn’t glue well!

Luckily I had sanded where the two woods join so I should be OK. I decided to add some dowels for extra strength, just in case…

It’s about 14” wide, 34” long.

The pictures were taken after the first coat of mineral oil.

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#1 posted 05-19-2011 02:51 AM

This is something you don’t see very often.
I like the use of the dowels.
Hey, after the backyard BBQ, you can play a game of giant ping pong with it.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#2 posted 05-19-2011 03:08 AM

When’s the next barbeque?

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#3 posted 05-19-2011 02:39 PM

very cool, I am an egghead too!

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#4 posted 05-19-2011 03:06 PM

Never heard of the Big Green Egg. Think i’ll start calling my walmart grill the Little Black Flying Saucer though. :)Oh and great looking pizza fetcher!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#5 posted 05-20-2011 02:22 PM

Very cool. What thickness did you settle on. Blondie love making pizzas as well and I really need to make one soon. Well done!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 05-21-2011 03:02 AM

The paddle part is about 1/4” thick.

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