Pure Pizza Peel Pizzazz

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I’ve been craving for a pizza for some time now so I decided to make a pizza peel so that I could start making my own pizza. In fact, instead of just making one peel I made six of them.

Pure Pizza Peel Pizzazz

Wikipedia describes a peel as “a shovel-like tool used by bakers to slide loaves of bread, pizzas, pastries, and other baked goods into and out of an oven. It is usually made of wood, with a flat carrying surface (like a shovel’s blade) for holding the baked good and a handle extending from one side of that surface”.

The idea is that the item to be baked can be easily transferred to the oven and slid off right on to the hot baking surface, in my case this would be a ceramic baking stone. Baking this way gives a better crust to the baked item, therefore more flavourful.

I chose to make six peels only because the wood that I was starting with was approximately 1.5 inches thick. By resawing this into the required 3/8 inch thick pieces gave me enough wood for six peels, so I thought why not?

If you’re interested in making your own here’s how to make a pizza peel:

Here’s the simple plan that I made. The sizes were based on the size of my baking stone so you might have to adjust them according to your specifics.

Pizza Peel Plans

You will need 2 pieces of Maple 5 1/2 inches wide X 14 inches long X 3/8 inches thick and 1 piece 2 inches wide X 20 inches long X 3/8 inches thick.

Plans for pizza peel

Then glue and clamp it and let dry:

how to make a pizza peel

Once dry you’ll have something like this:

bread peel

Then plane this down to around 5/16th – 1/4 inch:

Pizza paddle

Next, make the handle addition. For these I used contrasting colored wood like Padauk, Walnut and Jatoba. The addition must be 2 inches wide X 6 1/4 inches long and 3/4 inches thick:

make pizza

Then glue it to the handle of the peel and let dry. I chose to make the handles this way so that it would keep the peel flat on your counter while adding a contrasting focal point.

peel for bread

Next, I made a pattern to mark the shape that I wanted for the peel and handle:

pizza baking stone

After bandsawing the peel to shape I took my grinder and shaped the handle:

Bake a pizza on a peel

And then I shaped the front edge of the peel with a slope on the belt sander:

pizza oven peel

After sanding the peel I gave it a couple of coats of mineral oil. Here’s how mine came out:

With Paudauk handles:

Padauk Pizza Peel
Pizza Peel with Padauk

With Walnut handles:

Walnut Pizza Peel
Pizza Peel With Walnut

With Jatoba handles:

Jatoba Pizza Peel
Pizza Peel with Jatoba

So now you’re probably saying, “Yeah, they look pretty but do they work”. Well, here’s the before:

Wooden Pizza Peel

And here’s the after:

Wooden Pizza Paddle

Oops, here’s the after:

Peel Paddle

As you can see, it works very well. ;)

One note, there are a few tricks to getting the pizza off the peel and onto your baking surface easily. It starts by having all your toppings ready so that the dough doesn’t spend a lot of time on the peel where it can stick, then use ample flour and cornmeal on the peel and finally, develop a ‘quick pull’ action to get the pizza off.

Obviously this was a fun project with great rewards! ;)

Back to the shop…

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8 Responses to Pure Pizza Peel Pizzazz

  1. Nice Peel. The only thing I use to get the pizza off the peel and on to the stone is cornmeal. The last time I made pizza I forgot to recoat the peel with more meal after sliding a pie into the oven and ended up with a calzone-like wad hanging half on/half off the peel!

    kz1
    May 12, 2012 at 2:37 pm

  2. Thanks! Yes, I’ve made a few ‘calzones’ too!

    Woodworker's Guide
    May 15, 2012 at 10:22 am

  3. So you just glued the wood together? And is the handle only on the top – or did you put a bit on either side?

    Nate
    May 28, 2012 at 10:30 pm

  4. Nate, yes, it is all glued together. The piece of exotic wood is one piece and also glued to the handle.

    Woodworker's Guide
    May 29, 2012 at 5:00 am

  5. Saw your pizza peel on Lumberjocks.
    Love the project & will attempt one from your tutorial for the Mrs.
    Keep up the great work.
    Stay well,
    Dennis

    Dennis Von Linden
    May 31, 2012 at 6:45 pm

  6. Dennis, great!, let me know how you make out!

    Woodworker's Guide
    May 31, 2012 at 7:38 pm

  7. I really like the pizza peel. This looks like a great weekend project. Not sure I’ll use exotic woods, but I really like the look of what you used.

    Daris
    July 7, 2012 at 12:08 am

  8. Thanks, Daris, looking forward to seeing your version!

    Woodworker's Guide
    July 7, 2012 at 5:21 am

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