Baking a pizza in a brick oven creates a thinner, crispier crust and a more even heating of the pie. In order to properly insert a pizza and remove it from a brick oven, you need a pizza spatula, also called a pizza peel, to lift the pie and keep your hands at a safe distance from the heat. A rudimentary pizza spatula is an easy woodworking project that requires two different cuts of wood and a few powered cutting appliances.
Draw a basic design template on both your plywood and your 2-by-4 with your pencil. Do not forget that the bottom few inches of your 2-by-4 will overlap with the plywood. Make sure enough space is left on the plywood to hold an entire pizza.
Bring both the plywood and the 2-by-4 to your jigsaw. Cut both the plywood and the 2-by-4 with the jigsaw to conform to your design template.
Use your jigsaw to cut a section from the bottom of the spatula handle 1/4-inch wide across the length of the bottom face. This is where the spatula board will be connected to the spatula handle. Use your jigsaw to make a few arc-shaped cuts to a depth of two or three inches, and then use the jigsaw to square up the back and sides of the cut once you have reached the desired depth.
Bring the plywood to the table saw. Angle the table saw to 45 degrees to make a beveled cut across the front of the spatula board. This will allow the board to easily slide under a pizza when you push it forward.
Use a router to soften all the edges around the spatula board and handle, except for the beveled cut you made in the previous step.
Place the back of the spatula board into the spatula handle incision you made in Step 3. Use a C-clamp to hold it in place.
Drill two holes spaced 1 inch apart through the area where the spatula board and handle intersect. Slide out the spatula board and fill the opening with heat-resistant wood glue. Slide the spatula board back into the handle and secure both pieces with the 3-inch bolts. Thread a washer over the bolt, then the bolt through the hole. Thread another washer over the bolt and then tighten a nut over the entire assembly.
Coat your entire pizza spatula with heat-resistant wood sealant to protect the wood. Allow the spatula a few days to dry before use.