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Old 05-11-2011, 04:13 AM   #1
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Default Wooden Mash Paddle.. material and finish..

So what is a good material choice for a wooden mash paddle?

Sealed and finished or unsealed?

If sealed and finished.. what with?

I'm gonna make one with my new CNC table, but I need these basics answered...

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4/4 clear hard maple. Sand to 220 grit and finish with a few coats of walnut oil. 24 hrs apart.

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you might also try Daly's Kitchen Wood Treatment, if you can find it around you.

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What does 4/4 mean?

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So I guess the idea is the harder and denser the wood the better.. no knots, no voids... nice and clear...

Stay away from softer woods like fir?

But oak, maple, walnut, almond, manzanita, etc.. are okay?

Or are even some hardwoods a no-no?

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Standard thickness for rough sawn lumber
Standard thickness for rough sawn lumber is expressed in quarters of an inch. For example 1" = 4⁄4.
The majority of US hardwood lumber production is sawn between 1" and 2", although other
thicknesses are available in more limited volumes. The standard thicknesses and their exact metric
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from http://www.ahec.org/hardwoods/pdfs/I...adingGuide.pdf
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four quarters = one inch rough sawn lumber dimension. After you/ someone else mills it it becomes 3/4 dimensional lumber. I leave it as thick as I can to save my blades so it doesent always get to 3/4"

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Okay.. so that is a dimensional thing.. I can go my own way there..

Are there any hardwoods that have oils or whatever that make them a bad idea for mash paddles?

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I would like to carve some artwork into the thing.. Any issues there?

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a quick google search says any tight-grain hardwood other than those containing toxins (this includes cherry) for general cooking utensils.

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