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Old 01-08-2012, 01:09 PM   #41
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Thanks! I like your design as well...is that about 23" in length? How is the cherry working in the mash tun? I haven't had a chance to try mine yet, but I'm interested to see how it ages...

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Old 01-08-2012, 01:30 PM   #42
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Well guys, you have inspired me. I just finished this mash paddle that my dad, brother and I started over Christmas. Made from a 36" 4/4 scrap board of birch... Good times!
Did you use a router to cut the design in the wood?
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Great looking paddles guys, I have made a few from oak myself. I did see mention of using wood from old shipping pallets. This is really not a good idea for anything you plan to use around foodstuffs. Pallets could have been anywhere in the world and used to ship all sorts of chemicals, caustic solutions and metals that can leech into the wood. You can never get it out. It really didn't even have to be on your pallet yours could have just been sat down in what fell off another pallet.

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Thanks! I like your design as well...is that about 23" in length? How is the cherry working in the mash tun? I haven't had a chance to try mine yet, but I'm interested to see how it ages...
Thanks! Overall length is 36." The cherry worked fine, but the mash raised the grain on the paddle. I'll have to sand it again and see if it stays smoother after that.
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Did you use a router to cut the design in the wood?
Nope, we just drilled holes in the cutout areas big enough for a jigsaw blade and then cut them out that way. We then used files and a lot of sandpaper to smooth out the edges...
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If your having trouble finding wood consider looking at cargo pallets. It may sound wierd but most of them are good hard wood, occasionally exotics. I took wood shop for 4 years back in high school and the first few days were usually pulling nails.
I would be careful with pallets, they are a great source of some good woods, but a lot of them I have pulled apart have been pressure/chemical treated to some extent. Very oily and such. I have found some that are perfectly useable for a mash paddle though.
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Nope, we just drilled holes in the cutout areas big enough for a jigsaw blade and then cut them out that way. We then used files and a lot of sandpaper to smooth out the edges...
Glad to hear that, 'cause that's exactly the way I'm doing mine! Thanks.
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Old 01-09-2012, 12:54 AM   #48
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Made this bad Larry today for four bucks.


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Not exactly my DIY. A friend of mine who is a wood working enthusiast built this for me. Made from black Cherry.

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Is that a wood burnt stamp, or did he do with that with a normal burning iron? Either way that's slick...

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