Solid Cherry Mash Paddle

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Project by KnotCurser posted 08-27-2010 09:57 PM 6901 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

No, this is NOT a torture implement for Hawkeye, Radar and Hotlips – that would be a M.A.S.H. Paddle! ;-)

A co-worker, and previous customer of mine, started brewing his own beer. From what I recently learned, a device called a “Mash Paddle” is used to stir the brew as it boils to both break up any lumps as well as keep the stuff from burning. A series of holes in the paddle end helps to accomplish this – the fancier ones have shapes cut out instead of just round holes.

He looked online for one and after seeing the prices thought to contact me and see if I could make one for him at a more reasonable price.

SURE! Why not??? We exchanged some ideas and I came up with this design – it’s a full inch thick piece of cherry, one yard long and 3 1/2 inches wide at the paddle end.

I also drew the outline of the hops leaves so what he has would be totally original.

I cut the rough shape on the band saw, sanded and used my scroll saw to cut out the patterns on the paddle. A single coat of food grade oil and here’s the result.

Enjoy, and Cheers!

Oh yeah – in addition to the commission, also promised to me is a few bottles of the beer once it’s complete and perfected – I am certainly looking forward to that part!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 08-27-2010 10:05 PM

Way to go Bob… that is truly a unique piece.. and you get to sample the end product too… life is good…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 08-28-2010 12:04 AM

One way to combine two great things…. Woodworking and Beer…. Just not together that is (unless brewing).

-- Dan, SSgt/USMC, Yuma, AZ

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#3 posted 08-28-2010 01:35 PM

Sweet. That is very well done. It looks much better than your average mash paddle.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 08-28-2010 04:35 PM

a sMASHing success.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#5 posted 01-25-2011 02:55 AM

Hi. Just wanted to ask what food grade oil is?

-- Leonard H.

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#6 posted 01-25-2011 03:30 AM


Food Grade oil, in this particular case, is pure mineral oil. I purchase it from a drug store in the “laxative” area.

Any oil that can be consumed is actually termed “food grade” oil – from peanut to safflower to walnut, etc…....

Pure mineral oil, however, does not go rancid and therefore is great for cutting boards and anything else that comes in contact with food.

One warning – do NOT think baby oil is food grade oil – it is NOT and should never be used on things that touch food.

Hope this helps!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#7 posted 01-25-2011 03:32 AM

Thanks for clarifying that. I figured it was mineral oil but wanted to check.

-- Leonard H.

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#8 posted 05-25-2012 05:54 PM

Guess who??? I’ve only got two more “required” posts until I can send you an email. Sorry to be a heightened bother…but the hubby has got to have one of these pieces of glorious work! :}

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