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Old 08-10-2008, 06:03 AM   #21
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Here's the one I made. Like I said, Evan! gets the credit for the design. I just modified the handle and I made it a little less rounded.

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Old 08-10-2008, 11:56 AM   #22
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Just dig a little deeper at Home Depot. They have maple, at least at my store. You might even try Ebay. They have all sorts of lumber.

My paddle is 29 X 3.5

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I just checked ebay, and I found some beautiful Rosewood. I'm not sure how that would hold up as a paddle, but it sure is nice to look at. How about Teak? If it's good enough for a WW2 Battleship deck, it's good enough for a mash. That stuff won't rot, spark, and acts as a non-skid walking surface even when wet!

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Old 08-10-2008, 01:21 PM   #23
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Great paddle!

Also an excellent choice of woods. Hard maple is just that-quite hard. It is also non-toxic. My Menards sells only soft maple, so I buy hard maple at a local woodworking shop. (I just started brewing this year. I've done woodworking as a hobby for 30 years).

I would be very cautious about using teak or other exotic hardwoods. Teak is very oily. It is hard to glue in woodworking because of that oil. It would continue to leach those oils into the boil for quite a while. Also, the reason some of those woods do not rot is that they are toxic to bugs, and potentially to us as well. That may not be an issue when they are handled, but can be an issue even when they are machined and you are making dust. Remember that you are mashing to extract chemicals from the stuff in the pot--this could include your exotic paddle.

Oak could work, but is ring porous, so has lots of extra surface to interact with the wort. Your first few batches with it may get oak flavor from it, depending on contact with the hot mash.

Like I said earlier, the hard maple was a great choice.

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I would be very cautious about using teak or other exotic hardwoods.
Does that include Rosewood as well? I would love to make a rosewood paddle.

I'm making a paddle for Flyangler18, and depending on how it goes, I might make a few more as there was some interest shown. I'll keep everyone posted with the progress.
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I'd stay away from rosewoods for mash paddles. Some people are quite allergic to some of them. I can't work with cocobolo, for instance, without taking antihistamines.

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I'd stay away from rosewoods for mash paddles. Some people are quite allergic to some of them. I can't work with cocobolo, for instance, without taking antihistamines.
QFT. Rosewoods are also very oily. I wouldn't want to put them in my beer.

Go with maple or cherry. Well-proven woods for food contact.

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Just dig a little deeper at Home Depot. They have maple, at least at my store. You might even try Ebay. They have all sorts of lumber.

My paddle is 29 X 3.5

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I just checked ebay, and I found some beautiful Rosewood. I'm not sure how that would hold up as a paddle, but it sure is nice to look at. How about Teak? If it's good enough for a WW2 Battleship deck, it's good enough for a mash. That stuff won't rot, spark, and acts as a non-skid walking surface even when wet!
I don't think all HDs have exactly the same stock. I checked four HDs that are near me in Dallas just last week. I dug and I asked. No maple at any of them. One had some maple veneer plywood on order, but no hardwood. I guess inventory varies by region.

But I found plenty of suppliers of hardwood in the yellow pages, so I'm good.
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I'm just concerned about that lower left thinness where the paddle meets the handle. Any chance of snapping?
The OP's paddle looks fine obviously the other one is fine because the guy has used it and it's still in one piece.

If its maple it is strong it will never break. Maybe if it were pine or spruce it would be an issue.
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The OP's paddle looks fine obviously the other one is fine because the guy has used it and it's still in one piece.

If its maple it is strong it will never break. Maybe if it were pine or spruce it would be an issue.
Those dough balls can be really tough. My next one will be forged in the depths of Mordor. The One Paddle
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Those dough balls can be really tough. My next one will be forged in the depths of Mordor. The One Paddle

Wow that was bad, you must atone.
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