Cherry Mash Paddle w/ Walnut Grip

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Project by KnotCurser posted 1016 days ago 3085 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second one of these I created, but the first one wasn’t quite so fancy.

A friend of mine recently won 1st prize this past weekend at the Maryland Brewers Association’s “Homebrew Contest”. This is quite an honor as there were MANY submissions and from what we understand, EVERY judge placed his submittable as their first choice!

So, to say “CONGRATS” to him, as well as a great way to get a couple of six packs of his beer, I created this as a gift to him.

I used my band saw to cut most of the paddle, and then switched to the scroll saw to cut the hops flowers into the paddle end. A router and a bunch of sanding finished it off.

The paddle measures 36 inches long, around 3 1/2 inches at it’s widest and is a full inch thick of solid Asian Cherry. As well, I decided to jazz it up a little and glued in a pair of walnut pieces at the grip end.

The only finish this received, as it will be touching food, is a single coat of food grade mineral oil.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 1016 days ago

I just noticed that I failed to say what a Mash Paddle actually is! Click on the link to my first paddle to find out.


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#2 posted 1016 days ago

I was thinking closer to a Paddle to mash potatoes. Nice job on both of these. Clever choice of cutout shapes. You should get in with the group to make more sales. One unique piece.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 1016 days ago

To me it looks like one of those paddles the good sisters had to keep the trouble makers in line!

Actually – it is a really nice piece. I especially like the end of the handle and how you made that. Your projects are always so diverse and interesting. I love seeing them!

Take care and thanks! :) Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 1015 days ago

I’m thinkin I need one of these for my stout. The current arrangement involves getting my hand wet and stickey.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#5 posted 1015 days ago

As Charlie P would say “Very Charismatic!”

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#6 posted 1014 days ago

Nicely done its good to see some fine homebrew style woodwork

-- -Pat Twin Cities, MN

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#7 posted 1014 days ago

NoFianna, I hear ya, recently whipped up a Scotch Ale and would have really liked to have one of these to avoid the fingers getting wet with too small a spoon.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#8 posted 1013 days ago

Thanks to all for the great compliments!

I know the vast majority of LJ’s could make one of these with little problems, and I certainly give my permission to copy my design. If anyone would like to buy one of these just LMK.

NaFinna, if you would like one we will have to talk about those extra shipping charges to New Zealand. ;-)

BTW, the beer that was traded for this paddle was FANTASTIC – well worth the time/effort spend making this project. :-)


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#9 posted 788 days ago

I’d love to order one of these for my hubby for Father’s Day! How can I go about this feat??? He just broke his plastic “paddle”. :}

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#10 posted 138 days ago

At least you now don’t have to worry about going up river.

-- If trees could scream, would we still cut them down. We might, if they did it all the time for no good reason

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Bob Areddy

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#11 posted 104 days ago

Knot, many say you should not use any finish on these. Any thoughts?

-- --Bob

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#12 posted 104 days ago


I have indeed thought about this topic quite a lot and did some research on it as well.

I use a single coat of 100% food-grade mineral oil, which cures in a few days.

To leach oil from the paddle after it cures would require mash temps above 200 degrees for an extended time. I have never heard of mashing anywhere near this temp. Even if any oil would leach out, it would be such a small quantity that it would in no way influence the finished product. Remember, you have an entire boil to do after mash-in.

I wouldn’t advise continued treatments though – just the initial one.

I have had customers request totally untreated paddles and certainly have no problems supplying them that way, but the only downside to this is that the grain will continue to raise for the first few mash-ins. No big deal either.

That’s my two cents, for what it’s worth. :-)



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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