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Old 08-10-2008, 02:09 AM   #11
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I would totally commission your work. Shoot me a PM and we can sort out the details.

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Old 08-10-2008, 02:11 AM   #12
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I'm just concerned about that lower left thinness where the paddle meets the handle. Any chance of snapping?

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Old 08-10-2008, 02:13 AM   #13
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I was considering buying a paddle, but I felt weird about spending $45 plus shipping for one. I figured that if I buy a jigsaw, and some lumber, I could make one for about $56 and essentially get a free jigsaw out of the deal.
Homebrewer logic if I ever heard it!

Fantastic paddle. Love the design.
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Old 08-10-2008, 02:14 AM   #14
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I'm just concerned about that lower left thinness where the paddle meets the handle. Any chance of snapping?
The picture makes it look thinner than it really is. That there is some really strong wood! I made sure to choose some hard maple. It's not like I'm beating freshmen with this thing. I'm just stirring barley and water!
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Old 08-10-2008, 03:50 AM   #15
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I like it. It beats my $3.00 AHS plastic mash paddle any day.

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Old 08-10-2008, 05:06 AM   #16
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That is a very beautiful paddle. I bet it will be a useful addition to your brewery. Nice job!

I made a paddle myself based on Evan!'s design. It has worked quite well for me. Thanks Evan!

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Where do you get a nice maple board to make a paddle? HD and Lowes don't have it. I guess I could check the yellow pages to see if there are any specialty wood suppliers in the vicinity.

How big a piece of wood do you need? 3 feet by 4 inch by 1, or is 6 inch wide better?

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Where do you get a nice maple board to make a paddle? HD and Lowes don't have it. I guess I could check the yellow pages to see if there are any specialty wood suppliers in the vicinity.

How big a piece of wood do you need? 3 feet by 4 inch by 1, or is 6 inch wide better?
I purchased the maple for mine at Home Depot. Any specialty wood store will also Carry maple. I think I got a board that was a 1 X 6 and 6' long. I actually made 2 paddles out of the board I purchased and gave one to my best friend.
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Cool. Thanks Rich. I checked two HD's and one Lowe's down here in Dallas, and the only hardwood they had was oak, but I'll look for a specialty place. I'll get 1x6.

Hey, you must have a heck of a mash tun if you have a six foot long paddle!

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Cool. Thanks Rich. I checked two HD's and one Lowe's down here in Dallas, and the only hardwood they had was oak, but I'll look for a specialty place. I'll get 1x6.

Hey, you must have a heck of a mash tun if you have a six foot long paddle!
Oak will be less than ideal because it is so porous.

Like I said, I made 2 paddles out of that 6 foot board! No need for paddle envy. It's just a normal average size...
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