Solid Cherry Mash Paddle

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Project by KnotCurser posted 06-23-2014 05:21 PM 1937 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was ordered by a wonderful customer and homebrewer from Illinois, USA.

This Mash Paddle is 43” of Solid Cherry, just under an inch thick. It’s 3 1/2” wide at the paddle end.

Even though I have made dozens of these paddles now for folks all over the world, I really fell in love with the wood grain in this one – it flowed quite nicely from top to bottom and complimented the curves of the paddle. It was very fun to make!

As is the standard, the customer and I conversed via email until we got the design to a point where the customer liked it and I was comfortable with the layout and then I went to work with band saw, scroll saw and then CNC Router for the lettering in the handle. I touched up the lettering with hand carving tools as well.

The only treatment my paddles ever get is a quick soaking in 100% food-safe mineral oil – the oil cures over the course of a few days and the paddle never needs anything else. Kept dry in between brewings, it will last decades!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 06-23-2014 05:24 PM

Absolutely beautiful.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 06-23-2014 06:11 PM

Most excellent!

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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#3 posted 06-23-2014 07:53 PM


-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#4 posted 06-23-2014 08:11 PM

Beatiful. nice job.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#5 posted 06-24-2014 02:17 AM

i love it ,great build ,really beautiful

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#6 posted 06-24-2014 02:20 AM

It’s a beauty! Don’t think I’ll have the opportunity to use one myself, as I’m allergic to alcoholic beverages . . . I could still stir the punch!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#7 posted 06-24-2014 08:49 AM

I like this one a lot and I agree with you the cherry wood is really beautiful.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 06-24-2014 08:59 AM

Great craftsmanship

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 06-24-2014 11:26 AM

I really like it. Very nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 06-24-2014 01:35 PM

Wow, the mineral oil really gives that cherry a nice look, I love it!

-- Jarrett - Mount Vernon, Ohio

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#11 posted 06-24-2014 01:52 PM

They will appreciate this well crafted paddle .

-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 06-24-2014 03:53 PM

That’s awesome!

-- Jesse, NH

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#13 posted 06-24-2014 04:18 PM

Very neat!

Idea available for “borrowing”?

There are many home brewers here in the Portland OR area; so, I may have to borrow the “Mash Paddle” idea.

-- just rjR

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#14 posted 06-24-2014 04:41 PM


I suppose ANYTHING posted on LJ’s is “available for borrowing”, but this paddle IS my design and is being sold to people all over the world, to include Portland.

Take the previous line with whatever sized grain of salt you wish.

Thanks to everyone for the compliments!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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