How to Make a Pizza Peel

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Hey Everyone, Jeremy Hoffpauir here. I decided to make a DIY Pizza Peel for a local charity. I decided to make this wood pizza peel with Mahogany and Walnut. The pizza peel long handle makes it easy to use and practical.
Time: 4 HoursCost: $30Difficulty: Medium
Choose Wood and Dimensions
It is important to choose a suitable hardwood for a DIY pizza peel.  A wood pizza peel will come into contact with food and it will be exposed to excessive heat.  Mahogany and Walnut seemed like a great choice for this DIY pizza peel because they are both hardwood and I had excess in my workshop.
I wanted the pizza peel to have a long handle and be about 14″ wide.  The dimensions I used originated from the look and feel, not from exact dimensions.
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Prepare Wood
I resawed the 8×4 (2″ thick) piece of mahogany on my table saw. It was 24″ long.
Next, I cut 2 pieces of 4×4 (1″) walnut to 14″ on my Miter saw.  These pieces were the sides of the DIY Pizza Peel.
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Jointing and Planing
A nice jointer is on my tool wish list.  For the interim, I use my homemade jointer sled with 2 grooves I cut with a dovetail router bit.  My dovetail clamps secure the board to the sled to get one straight side.  I then used my table saw to straighten the other side.  I repeated this procedure for all 3 boards.
Once each board was straight on both sides, I ran them through my Dewalt planer.  The boards were already fairly flat, so a few passes achieved the desired result.
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Glue Up
The glue up is rather simple.  First, I placed the boards in their appropriate position to make sure they were flush.  I placed the boards on 2 bar clamps and flipped the pieces of walnut upwards.
I used a glue dispenser to spread an even bead of glue on each piece of walnut.
Next, I used a glue applicator set to cover the entire area.  I slowly applied pressure with my bar clamps until glue seeped out evenly.  The picture shows 2 bar clamps, but I used 4 bar clamps in total.
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Template
As I mentioned previously, I didn’t use a template for the wood pizza peel.  I had a pizza stone from my smoker that was the size of a pizza peel and decided to use it as a template.  Next, I traced it with a double sided pencil
Quick Tip:  If you are always looking for pencils in your shop, I recommend buying these pencils.  Sharpen them on an old school pencil sharpener and leave them all over the workshop.  May sound like a simple tip, but it saves time and keeps my frustration level down.
I free-handed the neck of the wood pizza peel while ensuring it was even on both sides.  It was important to me to have a long handle.
Spray paint cans are very handy for drawing perfect circles.  I decided to use one to form the knob.
I cut out the lines using my bandsaw. A jig saw would work just as well.
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Sanding
Sanding is an essential part of how to make a pizza peel.
First, I used my spindle sander with the wide spindle to knock down the rough spots on the wood pizza peel.
Then, I used my disc sander to remove the marks caused by the spindle sander.
Finally, I finished off with my orbital sander.
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Pizza Peel Thick Handle Width
In order for this to be an authentic wood pizza peel, I needed to thicken the handle.
First, I resawed another piece of mahogany on my bandsaw to roughly 5/8″.
Next, I ran it through the planer to reduce the thickness to 1/2″ and get 2 flat sides.  In order to get 1 straight side, I used a piece of mdf as a reference to get and double-sided tape to to secure the mahogany.
Then, I put the piece of mahogany under my pizza peel and traced the shape of the long handle and knob.  I used my bandsaw to cut slightly outside the line.
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Once the mahogany was cut out, I placed it on top of the pizza peel and sketched the half moon the same circumference as the circle.  I cut this out on the bandsaw.
I used wood glue and clamped it down to let it dry.
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Pizza Peel Lip
Another essential wood pizza peel quality is a indented lip.  This helps the pizza peel slide under the pizza when removing it from the pizza oven or grill.
First, I used my  trim router with a 1/2" roundover bit and Table saw router table to roundover the top of the pizza peel and both sides of the pizza peel long handle.  I didn’t round over the bottom of the round part of the pizza peel because I want this to sit flat.
I used my pencil to draw a horizontal line across the middle of the pizza peel.
Next, I used one finger as a guide and traced a line about 1″ from the edge of the pizza peel.  This line will start the downward slant to the end of the pizza peel.  I used my belt sander to sand from the line to the edge of the pizza peel.
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Pizza Peel Knob
In order for the pizza peel to hang from the wall, I drilled a hole in the knob.  I used my drill press with a 1/2" forstner bit to accomplish this.  Be sure to put a scrap piece of wood below to prevent tear out.
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Apply Finish
Before I applied the finish, I used a tack cloth to remove the loose dust.
Next, I used mineral oil as my finish.  I applied the 3 coats and lightly sanded with 220 grit sandpaper in between coats.
Finally, used a combination of beeswax and boiled linseed oil on the final coat.  I wiped it down with a lint free cloth and I was done.
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