I just started all grain brewing and I needed something to stir the grain and avoid dough balls.
I could have gone to amazon and picked something up for a few bucks, but like many of you I like to use homebrewing as an excuse to bust out my tools and build something myself.
I went to home depot and picked up a 4 foot length of maple shelving. When I got it home I traced out the simple design that I wanted, and cut it out with a jig saw. I then used 60 grit sandpaper to shape the piece and round the edges. After that I used 150 and 220 grit to sand smooth. I am pretty happy with the final product and it felt great to get the sander out!
Here's the final product:
A question for you out there. Would you recommend submerging the paddle in water and sanding smooth any grains that might raise up? Also should I varnish with polyurethane or just leave it raw? I don't want the paddle to absorb flavors but I don't want to ruin my beer either.
Any help on these points would be great!