Pizza Peel – Home Decor Online Tips

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The tapered sled makes it easy.

Wednesday is the evening of the homemade pizza at our house. Everyone likes something different, so each of us makes our own pizza to size. My favorite is the hot Italian sausage with tomatoes, mushrooms and mozzarella. The ready-made crusts make it especially easy and you can bake them directly on the oven rack.

Restaurant chefs use pizza peels to slide pizzas in and out of ovens efficiently. As a home pizza / carpenter specialist, I decided to make my own peel. Not only was it fun and easy to make, using my peel makes me feel like a real chef. All I need now is the proper chef’s hat.

All you need to make your own peel is a board for the handle and blade, a couple of thin accent strips, a 12 ″ plane, and a simple, tapered, store-made sled. The completed peel measures 12-3 / 8 “wide by 24” long, perfect for handling 12 “pizzas. Its wide corporate end is called a blade.

Build the peel

Photo 1. Cut the three main pieces of peel from a single board. First tear off the handle. Then cut the remaining section into the two side pieces. Mark the rays on opposite sides of the center line. Then make the cut with the bandsaw.

Starting with a 3/4 “by 6-1 / 2” by 24 “board, tear a 1-3 / 8” strip from one side to create the handle (Photo 1). Then use the large scrap to create the blade pieces. Mark the center line and draw a small radius at each end, on opposite sides, then make a single S-shaped saw cut to create a pair of pieces with a rounded (outer) shoulder and a transitional (inner) shoulder.

Photo 2. Add accent strips between the handle and sides and glue the peel together. The large part that contains the pizza is called the “blade”.

Tear off a couple of 3/4 ″ x 1/2 ″ x 14 ″ strips of maple to accentuate the walnut blade. Place all parts for assembly. You cannot use cookies or dowels to help with alignment, as the blade will be tapered. So make sure the parts are flat. Merge all the edges and then glue and lock the assembly (Photo 2). Before tapering, plane the peel to 9/16 “thick.

Create the tapered sled

The sled is simply a base with a tapered platform that holds the skin at an angle as it passes through the plane (see Fig. A). The platform consists of three long rails that taper from 3/4 “to 0”. To create consistently tapered rails, join three 3/4 “by 3/4” by 24 “blanks, using double-sided tape. Bandsaw the long taper and smooth the cut edge by sanding. Then separate the guides.

Glue the front stop to the front edge of the base. Glue the tapered rails to the base of the sled with the high ends against the stop. Glue the front support strips between the top ends of the tapered strips. These strips support the leading edge of the peel when planing. Lay the peel on the sled and frame the handle by gluing the blocks on both sides and back. This frame correctly places the peel on the sled.

Taper the peel

Photo 3. Install the peel into the tapered slide. Secure it by driving a screw through a hanging hole in the end of the handle.

Drill and countersink a hole in the end of the handle. When the peel is done, you can use this hole to hang it on the wall, but for now, use it to screw the peel to the sled for added security (Photo 3).

Photo 4. Taper the peel using the plane. Perform light passes until the leading edge of the blade is 1/8 ″ thick.

Start gliding (Photo 4), feeding the blade end first. Make light passes to avoid tearing. Continue until the tip of the blade is 1/8 ″ thick. Round off the corners on the front edge of the blade.

Photo 5. Loosen the sharp edges of the handle to create a comfortable grip.

At the top end of each accent strip, extend and align the transition curve from the blade piece to the handle. Round the sharp edges and make the handle comfortable to hold (Photo 5).

Photo 6. Round the front corners of the blade and bevel the edge slightly less than 1/16 ″.

Use a sander or plane to smooth the front edge of the blade to a thickness of 1/16 “or slightly less, so it’s easy to get under the pizza (Photo 6). Finish sanding and add a coat of mineral food oil to beautify and protect the wood.

Fig. A

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