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Old 04-12-2012, 03:32 PM   #41
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Unreal, man. That paddle is totally metal.

My only worry would be down near the bottom where the gaps get very narrow - might be kind of difficult to clean. Either way, I'd be happy to both mash with that AND take it to see Behemoth next Monday

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Old 04-12-2012, 06:49 PM   #42
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Unreal, man. That paddle is totally metal.

My only worry would be down near the bottom where the gaps get very narrow - might be kind of difficult to clean. Either way, I'd be happy to both mash with that AND take it to see Behemoth next Monday
Why would you need to clean a mash paddle?
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:57 PM   #43
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Why would you need to clean a mash paddle?
Rotting spent grain (even in small amounts) smells like a dirty butt hole.

Cleaning that paddle would be a huge priority especially if you want to display in your house.

Looks awesome. You should consider customizing paddles.

I'm about to graduate from college and am considering turning my old fraternity paddle into a mash paddle.
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:22 PM   #44
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Thanks guys!

Completely agreed on the narrow gaps. After the initial cut I went through the points with a dremel carving bit and got it pretty smooth and wide enough that you can roll a half-dollar through. Your right, it would still take special attention though, but i was hoping just a good garden hose sprayer on "jet".

UNFORTUNATELY, it' won't ever mash. The stock i got was dead/dry/dying whatever in the middle and the more i cut/sanded the more it became evident on one side of the paddle. I've already gone through the angry/depressed/denial stages about it and have decided that it would just be stained and hung.

Here's a closeup of the greek tradgedy that is now officially the "back side" of the paddle:
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Dead/dry and porus. Would be like a saltine cracker in a mash.

So i'm just going to keep on detailing the front and maybe make a plaque or something to hang it on. My initial thought on what the plaque would read is an inscription that reads: "Heaven won't take me, and Hell only wants my beer."

Not doing much with it today though, it's bottling day.

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Old 04-12-2012, 07:26 PM   #45
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:38 PM   #46
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That is the coolest thing I have seen in awhile, very good job

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Old 04-14-2012, 04:33 AM   #47
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Picked up a wood burning tool from the local department store for 10 bucks.

Thanks again to tom_gamer for the idea of burning the vine design into the wood.

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Just some touch-up shading left to do on the leaves but all in all i think it turned out pretty slick.

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Old 04-14-2012, 09:03 AM   #48
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Awesome work! Before you totally discard the idea of that paddle ever seeing mash you might give a hand rubbed finish a shot. Tung oil is my favorite and when done properly it penetrates very deeply and could very well seal up and bind together all the porosity of that one dry spot.

If you don't know, you hand rub extremely thin layers of tung oil into the wood such that there is no excess to wipe off. You can sand with 0000 steel wool between coats but nothing more coarse than that. Then comes the tedium: a coat a day for a week, a coat a week for a month, a coat a month for a year, a coat a year for life. Around the 1 month mark it should be so deeply penetrated that you change your mind about it being strictly ornamental plus the grain texture becomes three dimensional and amazingly gorgeous. Food for thought!

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Old 04-14-2012, 11:54 AM   #49
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Thanks for the info ChemE. So there's hope! I'll definitely try it I just didnt think anything would close these porus spots up. Also i was looking for a finisher/stain anyway so if tung oil makes the grain pop then i'm all for it and if it repairs this dry stuff then it's a bonus.

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Old 04-14-2012, 12:19 PM   #50
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Hey my pleasure! I hope it works for your since it would be a shame for that paddle not to taste mash. One last tip on tung oil, the crap that Blows and Home Despot sell is not suitable for fine woodworking; it is cut heavily with solvent which dissolves the previous coat when you reapply. You want 100% tung oil from Rockler or others. Shipping is a killer since it is hazmat (funny since it is food safe and comes from food; its a pH thing) but it is worth it.

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