Ash Mash Paddle - Marine Farewell Ceremony

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Project by KnotCurser posted 02-22-2014 01:38 AM 985 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a very special order of a Mash Paddle.

A Marine contacted me a few weeks ago wanting to create a gift for his Master Sergeant at his Farewell Ceremony. It was my honor to agree to this request!

As you can see, this paddle is extremely personal. The handle contains his call sign, the paddle his unit’s insignia and his rank. In the middle of the paddle I cut overlapping Howitzer Guns – the MSG was in charge of a Howitzer Battalion.

The paddle measures 44 inches long and 3 1/2 inches at it’s widest. It is made from 1 inch thick solid Ash.

All the carving was accomplish with my CNC Router. I cut the guns out of the paddle with my scrollsaw.

Only treatment is a soaking in 100% food-safe mineral oil.

Even though I am an Army Veteran, I think I can still say SEMPER FI!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 02-22-2014 02:38 AM

Very nice work, Bob. It’s nice to make something to honor another’s service.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#2 posted 02-22-2014 05:12 AM

Well done Bob. Did you use V-Carve on the handle lettering?

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

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#3 posted 02-22-2014 01:06 PM


Yes. Used a stencil font and had the machine V-Carve it.


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#4 posted 02-22-2014 02:44 PM

Very awesome bob. Thank you, the Marines, and our other branches for their service.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#5 posted 02-23-2014 06:35 PM

Very nice Bob, what a great honor.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#6 posted 03-04-2014 09:23 PM

Nice Job.

-- Todd

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