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bimbo 06-12-2009 03:26 PM

Who's made their own pizza tools
I have been looking on the net at prices for oven tools and they are a bit pricey for my liking (well I'm just tight) and figured they can't be that hard to make, after all a peel or a turing peel is just a bit of sheet metal bolted to a pole.

I am interest to see who has made their own tools and how, post up pics and show off a little too if you want


Les 06-12-2009 05:23 PM

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James - this stuff was made from aluminum (for the most part). The handles are EMT pipe from HD or Lowes. My shovel and rake was a "pooper scooper" from Pet Smart. Probably the hardest to fab were the handles - I don't like the router blade that close to my digits :eek:


blacknoir 06-12-2009 08:11 PM

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Nice tools Les! Do you worry at all about the aluminum oxidizing outside or do you bring them in when not in use? For handles, did you sandwich the aluminum with the wood all the way down?

btw, a suggestion for routing. Take 1 long piece, those look like 3/4"x1 1/2" I'm guessing, and route the edges first. Then cut them each to size, nip of the corners on one end and rub the ends on the table router. This gives you plenty of distance.

I'm a big time wood man and this thread has got me thinking of different pizza toys I could build.. nice..

Les 06-12-2009 08:24 PM

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I bought one of these for when the tools will be out for an extended amount of time (with no use) or winter weather. To make the handles I glued two pieces of oak (3/4 inch) together - ripped them into 1 1/2 inches square. Cut them to length, ran them through the table saw for the center Cerf (sp?), then the router for the bevel. After that, I ran a drill down the center and locked the handles to the steel with Gorilla glue. Seems like a lot of work but, when it's so cold your beer freezes, and you are done with every other chore - go to the shop and play.


bimbo 06-12-2009 09:23 PM

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nice work. I was initially only thinking of metal peels and did'nt even think of making wooden peels. This oven is going to keep me busy for a while yet

texassourdough 06-13-2009 07:13 AM

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Hi Shay!

Aluminum is, for all practical purposes, always oxidized. It is one of the most reactive metals and oxidizes very rapidly to form a tight, hard oxide. Alumimum can be left outside for years without effect so long as it isn't in contact with acid (including tomator sauce or vinegar or potentially acid rain which could cause pitting or worse) or in contact with another metal (which will cause galvanic corrosion). This latter issue makes it important to not use things like steel or iron screws to assemble aluminum utensils.

PS. I saw your comment on winter ovens. Those of us in Texas LOVE to do pizza in the winter. It is the summer we dread!

blacknoir 06-14-2009 08:04 AM

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Cool. I am a wood guy not a metal guy so had no idea.. BUT, I know a guy... :)

KraemerBAC 06-24-2009 10:14 AM

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I got peels from American metalcraft, commercial food service supplier... they have a whole pizza line, nice long handles available and reasonably priced. I bought the small one and cut it into an 8' circle and bought a med one for loading. They have brushes too


charger10s 06-24-2009 01:32 PM

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I'm building a 36" WFO with an 18 inch entry-way.
Any opinions on the optimum length for my peels?
I want them to be long enough, but not so long that I'll be crashing into everything.

Les 06-24-2009 08:20 PM

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Toby - I have a 42 inch interior with about 32 inches of entry / counter. My tools are cut to 54 inches and work quite well. I guess you can scale from there.


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