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Old 10-05-2011, 02:59 PM   #1
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Here is the mash paddle I made. $6 worth of wood and a little time. Sure beats ordering one for $65! Just thought I'd share.
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Old 10-05-2011, 03:00 PM   #2
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Looks good. Well done, sir!
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Old 10-05-2011, 03:08 PM   #3
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Here is the mash paddle I made. $6 worth of wood and a little time. Sure beats ordering one for $65! Just thought I'd share.
Cool! What variety of wood did you use???

 
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Old 10-05-2011, 03:14 PM   #4
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I got a 4'x4" piece of hickory. They had oak, cherry, aspen, and maple as well, but the hickory was less expensive and still a decent hardwood. Glad you guys like it. I'm hoping to my first AG with it this weekend!

 
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Old 10-06-2011, 06:53 PM   #5
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That looks great! What are the dimensions used?

 
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Old 10-06-2011, 07:04 PM   #6
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you leave the paddle unfinished right? or do you coat it with anything? i would think that you wouldn't want any varnish to get in your mash. Just wondering because im thinking of making one of my own.

 
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Old 10-06-2011, 07:41 PM   #7
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I cut it to 36" long. The paddle is 16" and the handle is 20". The board I purchased was already 3.5" wide so that is how wide the paddle end is. The handle is 1.5" wide and I think it is 3/4" thick. Instead of trying to use a scroll saw and make a design, I just used 1", 1.5", and 2" hole saws to cut the holes. They might not be the fanciest design but they look good I think and are better than I could have done with a scroll saw.

Yes!!! You leave it unfinished, no varnish or stain. I did seal the wood with butchers block oil. I wouldn't use it after every mash though, just from time to time to keep the wood nice. Some people don't even like to use that and keep it totally natural though. Just a matter of opinion I guess.

 
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:56 PM   #8
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Nice. I'll have to look into butcher block oil. Flavorless? I know tung oil is preservative but nasty.

Pic of one my buddy cut out for me today should be attached. My design, his saw. We had to buy a $20 board.

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Old 10-07-2011, 01:51 AM   #9
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Very nice! 20 is still better than 50+. And it is much more gratifying to make it yourself. Nice work!
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Old 10-07-2011, 01:54 AM   #10
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I don't think the oil has a taste, but it didn't occur to me to taste my paddle when I was done. I haven't used it yet either so I really can't say for sure.
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