Handle homemade pizza like a pro. by Fritz Schroeder
WEDNESDAY IS HOMEMADE PIZZA NIGHT at our house. Everybody likes different toppings, so we each make our own personal size pizza. My favorite is hot Italian sausage with tomatoes, mushrooms and mozzarella. Making pizza is especially easy with ready-made crusts, and you can bake them right on the oven rack.
As a home pizza specialist/woodworker, I decided to create my own paddle. Restaurant chefs use similar paddles (called "peels" in the trade) to efficiently slide pizzas in and out of their ovens. Making my own paddle was fun and easy, and using it makes me feel like a proper pizza chef. Now I just need the proper chef's hat!
All you need to make your own paddle is a board for the handle and wide blade, a couple thin strips for accents, a 12" planer, and a simple shop-made tapering sled.The completed paddle measures 11-3/8" x 24", the perfect size to handle 12" pizzas.
Build the paddle
Starting with a 3/4" x 6" x 24" board, rip a 1 -3/8" strip from one side to create the handle (Photo 1). Then use
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