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Old 07-31-2010, 07:37 AM
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I was given clear instruction this morning not to get too dirty because we have company coming in a while... Browsed the board and went out to ponder the next steps in the WFO/patio build. Got the itch and HAD to do something, so I decided to make a few oven tools.

Considered some stainless I have in the shop, but read several sites on the net that sell oven tools and found many to be made of aluminum. I have a nice little stack of 1/8" thich scrap aluminum, so I selected a piece and got to work.

In a little over an hour I turned out three tools.

None have handles yet, but I was by the hardware store yesterday and they have nice oak hoe handles for $15/each, so that is the likely route I will take. The handle portion of each tool is left intentionally wide and will be shaped to the width of the handles when I get them.

I drew the shapes using parts available... A used chop saw blade for the 9" round, a lid off of a container for the rounded corners on thye 14" paddle...

The aluminum cuts fine on my shop bandsaw. The blade may be bimetal, but it is primarily used for wood working. (A note on my shop... It is a WRECK! I have always had trouble keeping a clean neat environ, particularly with polish/grinding and metal work... Just close your eyes if you don't like the mess... I've turned out fine furniture, custom machined and polished raked motorcycle triple trees, fabricated metal of all kinds, etc, etc... A real versatile shop.)

After roughing each tool out on the bandsaw, I used a grinder with flapper disc to clean up the edges, bevel, etc. Then a quick trip around the edges with a small belt sander to eliminate any burrs before setting them aside.

Once I have the handles drilled for the handles I will likely polish the aluminum to at least smooth latent grind marks before mounting tool to handle.

Pics follow with more in the next post and some details on the rake...

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Old 07-31-2010, 07:47 AM
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You may have noticed the handle for the 14" paddle is slightly off center... D'Oh! I was too busy taking pics to notice that... I think I can largely correct that when the handle is installed. I will mount close to the left edge and remove excess material from the right effectively moving the handle toward the center...

The rake was only slightly more complicated...

After drawing it out I clamped it into my mill and milled the holes. Another way the average handy guy could do it without the mill is to drill holes in the corners with a 1/2" bit then use a cutoff wheel in an angle grinder to connect the holes...

To bend it I used the 'poorman's' brake... Clamped it as shown in the pic and then layed a 2x4 across the back and used a 3lb. hammer to hammer the 2x4. (Spread the blow across the whole back and prevents scaring the peel.) I keep the blows fairly low to get a sharp break, then finished by hammering directly on the peel at the crease to sharpen it.

Sanded and finished as the others...

Not bad for an hour and half of work.

Pics follow. Hope some one on here can pick up a tip or two they can use...

One more pic in the next post.

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Here are the tools ready for handles.

I'll post more pics once I get the handles on... May be a few days.

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Old 07-31-2010, 09:13 AM
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Good work! I've done a few DIY oven tools myself and have been thinking about making a rake...yours looks great. I've been using a hoe as a rake, and it works pretty good, but handmade and custom is much more appealing. Looking forward to seeing your finished tools.

Below are a few of my oven DIY's...(L to R) wood peels, 12" stainless cake lifter converted to turning peel, front door, log holder.
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Old 07-31-2010, 09:21 AM
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I saw your wooden peel thread early last week, I think. VERY nice work! I love the beauty of wood, but wonder how it will hold up with my wife planning on baking a good bit of bread.

I like the outer door and will need to make an inner and outer door for my oven in the near future.

Waiting to hear how your fire barrier/retainer thingy works... pros/cons... Planning on making/bending up a log holder, but need to do something like that for fire retention to increase floor area on long baking periods. (The plan is 30-50 loaves once/twice a week. Our little homestead already sells eggs and broilers, so artisan breads are a natural addition...)

Keep posting the DIY stuff! Fun to see/do.
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I think the wooden peels would hold up to constant use for years...it is all about the hardness of the wood and the internal splines making for strong joints. From what I've seen in videos, professionals seem to use wood peels to place the pizza and metal turning peels while cooking and removing...but I claim no expertise. With bread, don't know.

The outer door is working great...the fire burns much better and hotter with the door on...it burns like a furnace with no smoke after startup.

Still haven't tried the log holder but might today.
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From what I've seen in videos, professionals seem to use wood peels to place the pizza and metal turning peels while cooking and removing...but I claim no expertise. With bread, don't know.
Interesting observation... You think maybe the bread 'releases' easier from the wood where the smoothness of a metal peel would facilitate better adhesion? And, upon removal, the metal peel can have a much sharper edge to slide under and less 'grab' from exposed end grain? Makes logical sense that way, but pure speculation on my part...

Might have to make a couple wooden peels as well... Time to break into the pile of walnut and padauk that I have...
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Interesting observation... You think maybe the bread 'releases' easier from the wood where the smoothness of a metal peel would facilitate better adhesion? And, upon removal, the metal peel can have a much sharper edge to slide under and less 'grab' from exposed end grain? Makes logical sense that way, but pure speculation on my part...

Might have to make a couple wooden peels as well... Time to break into the pile of walnut and padauk that I have...
Dough slides off of my wood peels smoothly but sticks on my aluminum peel...your speculation sounds logical to me

Padauk is a beautiful wood. I've built several pieces of furniture with it...but it is toxic! After working with both Padauk and Bubinga I developed allergies, and I had never had allergies in my life. For years, after my allergic reaction to Padauk, ragweed season would trigger the same symptoms. I think I have it worked out now by some preventive measures, but it was hell for awhile. I would look into whether Padauk would have toxic properties with food contact...I don't know.

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Wow! Now there is a piece of info I'm glad you shared!!

Incidentally, a couple years ago I made some beautiful jewelry boxes out of both padauk and bubinga! Interestingly, since then I've had allergies in the Spring. Never imagined a connection, but there is a real possibility!

Guess I'll use (with mask) the remnants and get them out of my shop!! (Too expensive to toss or burn!! LOL!)
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I love what you guys have done. Very nice work.

I'm not a wood worker so I cheated a little by trimming down a couple of very inexpensive over-sized peels to fit my needs. I have no idea what kind of wood these are, but they're definitely not hardwood.
The first pic shows what they looked like before I took my sabre saw on them.

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