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Old 12-14-2010, 01:49 PM   #1
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Anyone ever make their own mash paddles? I am thinking about doing this but am unsure of the best woods, oils etc...
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Old 12-14-2010, 01:50 PM   #2
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:36 PM   #3
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I made my own out of Walnut. Will post a pic later. Just make sure its a hard wood. My first one was out of Pine just to see how it would come out.
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Heres some pics of the one I made. Its about 22 Inches long and works great for my Mash Tun
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Old 12-14-2010, 04:08 PM   #5
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I made mine out of a nice piece of 3/4" Ash. I used a scroll saw for the details and a router to finish the edges. I intend to go back and etch in the hop bines and grain stalks:

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Old 12-14-2010, 05:42 PM   #6
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Just finished this

yesterday. I used two 1" oak dowel rods, and a 1/2" dowel rod. The sides are 8 inches long, the center 3 feet. The 4 rods connected the sides to the center are 4", 4 1/4", 4 1/2" and 4 3/4" inches in length. They are spaced 1 inch apart. The total cost was around $11 for the wood from Home Depot. I didn't use glue since they are a very tight fit, and wood expands when wet, making it even studier when in use.
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Just finished this

yesterday. I used two 1" oak dowel rods, and a 1/2" dowel rod. The sides are 8 inches long, the center 3 feet. The 4 rods connected the sides to the center are 4", 4 1/4", 4 1/2" and 4 3/4" inches in length. They are spaced 1 inch apart. The total cost was around $11 for the wood from Home Depot. I didn't use glue since they are a very tight fit, and wood expands when wet, making it even studier when in use.
Nice work! There is good reason why traditional mash rakes were designed this way. You might consider using some small wooden pins to hold it together. Only if it needs it later on, of course. I'm thinking it may loosen up with some use. That's how my store bought version was constructed and it's been holding up very well for a long time. No nails, screws or glue used at all as far as I can tell.
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I have 2 drawn out need to cut this weekend 1 is 24" one is 32". Red Oak for the wood.
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I have one sketched out, I am going to be using a piece of AA curly maple that I have had sitting around for ages, I just keep putting it off in anticipation of winning one in a contest!
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I was going to make one, but bought a Cajun Stir Paddle like this one:
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-BAYOU-CLASSI...item1c11f4c362

I think I may cut a hole or two in it with my router. Something similar to what EricT did above.
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