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Mash Paddle for US Navy Ceremony

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Project by KnotCurser posted 01-01-2014 12:33 AM 2338 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a very customized Mash Paddle ordered to be used as a gift for a Change of Command Ceremony aboard the USS Russell, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy.

The emblem to the left of the ship silhouette is the Navy’s “Command at Sea” badge, while the one on the right is the USS Russell’s Group personal emblem. The silhouette is the actual outline of the USS Russell.

The paddle is 44 inches long and 3 1/2 inches wide and made from solid, 1 inch thick Ash.

All carving was done on my CNC router and the ship was cut using my scroll saw.

As this paddle may actually be used in the making of beer, it is treated in 100% food-grade Mineral Oil.

I really enjoyed making this paddle – it was unique and quite the challenge.

Cheers!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com





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Pete Jansen

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#1 posted 01-01-2014 01:13 AM

Very cool. You must have seen our buddies Dogfish paddles on LJ. Very cool, nice job. We have a bunch of micros in this town, Maybe I can drum up some mash paddle biz for myself here. We all have CNC routers. Like the ship, scroll saw is the way it should be, cheating with a CNC IMO.
Nice job.

Pete

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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johnhutchinson

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#2 posted 01-01-2014 01:15 AM

Not too shabby. :)

If it’s solid wood, how did you cut out the silhouette of the ship on your scroll saw and still have a wooden background? There’s something fishy here.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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Pete Jansen

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#3 posted 01-01-2014 01:18 AM

Sorry, dogfish is you right? There are a couple other cnc guys on here too. I haven’t had access to my shop lately, making me crazy. No woodworking, no crafts, just a room to rent and a bathroom. I hate ex wives.

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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KnotCurser

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#4 posted 01-01-2014 01:22 AM

Pete,

I loved making Dogfish Head’s large paddle for their brew pub – it was a blast!

Here’s a video of Sam Actually using my paddle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdoFwQOc87A

John,

The silhouette is fully cut out of the paddle. The blanket is the only thing showing through…...

Cheers!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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Mean_Dean

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#5 posted 01-01-2014 01:25 AM

Great looking mash paddle! I’m sure she’ll love it, and hopefully get lots of use out of it!

-- Dean

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johnhutchinson

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#6 posted 01-01-2014 02:46 AM

Oh, now I get it. My turn to say “my bad.” :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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stefang

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#7 posted 01-01-2014 11:49 AM

Nice work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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AlBCuttnWud

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#8 posted 01-01-2014 03:50 PM

Nicely done and very unique. I had a friend who home-brews and asked me to make one to hang on his wall. I’ve been busy with other projects but you have inspired me with yours. From your experience, is ash the best wood choice?

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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Roger

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#9 posted 01-01-2014 04:19 PM

Full speed ahead. Row row row the boat. Looks gr8!!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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KnotCurser

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#10 posted 01-01-2014 04:27 PM

Al,

I would state that either Ash or Cherry makes the best paddle.

Ash is typically used for “marine woodworking” such as canoes and paddles and is priced lower than most hardwoods. It carves and shapes nicely as well.

Cherry looks fantastic, carves really well, but is more expensive than ash.

Ash is very light, cherry darkens with age.

I prefer Ash.

Take a look at my previous paddles and see what you like: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/tag/mash+paddle

Cheers!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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AlBCuttnWud

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#11 posted 01-01-2014 04:48 PM

Bob,
Thanks for the adviceā€¦.I’m liking the cherry ones too. A for sure addition to my to-do list.

-Al

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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Richard

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#12 posted 01-02-2014 08:11 PM

Bob , being that it is for the Navy you could use it to Whack the Wogs when you cross the line.

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