How to Make a Bread Peel

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How to Make a Bread Peel
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A bread peel is also known as a pizza peel. These wooden or aluminium paddles are used to transport bread, pizza, and other dough items to and from the oven. A wooden bread peel is simple to make at home and can be customised to the proper size and shape to suit one's personal baking needs. The wood board used for this project must be natural wood such as maple, oak or pine. OSB and plywood boards are not appropriate for creating a bread peel.

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • 1 inch thick wood board
  • Jigsaw
  • Bench sander
  • Cordless drill
  • Leather lace

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  1. 1

    Sketch the outline of the bread peel onto a large piece of paper. The bread peel can be made in a rectangular shape of a wider rounded shape depending on how it will be used. The area where the bread will be carried should be at least 12 by 12 inches square. Draw a few different designs until you find one you like. Once the wide part is done, draw a handle that is at least 2 inches wide and 12 inches long.

  2. 2

    Cut the outline of the bread peel with the attached handle out of the paper.

  3. 3

    Lay the bread peel pattern onto the 1 inch thick wood board and use a marker to trace the pattern onto the wood.

  4. 4

    Cut out the pattern on the wood with a jigsaw.

  5. 5

    Place the bread peel partially on a flat surface and use a bench sander to sand and taper the edges extending off of the surface. Rotate the bread peel until the edges have been sanded and tapered all the way around. Any rough spots on the surface of the peel should also be sanded at this time.

  6. 6

    Drill a hole roughly 1 inch from the end of the bread peel's handle. Insert a piece of leather lace into this hole and tie it to form a loop. The bread peel can now be hung in the kitchen from this loop.

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