The "Flying V" Mash Paddle

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Project by KnotCurser posted 05-13-2014 09:50 PM 3299 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was approached by a very cool customer in Illinois about a month ago asking for a Mash Paddle – this is nothing new as I have made a minor business selling Mash Paddles to folks all around the world.

The original part was what he wanted the paddle to be shaped like – a Gibson “Flying V” Guitar! I agreed to this project right away simply because I thought it was such a cool idea.

It took us about a week discussing (via email) the layout, wood and overall shape of the paddle until we came up with something we both liked. I made the template and things started to look really good!

A few days of shaping and using my scrollsaw to cut out the handle area as well as the “pick guard”, and I had something that resembled a real guitar.

The wood is 1 inch thick solid Ash and stands around 40 inches tall and is six inches wide at the base.

We originally agreed that the fret board would simply be made from slices made across the handle and some holes to represent the frets, etc… Once I cut the slots I knew I just HAD to do something else to step it up a notch or two, so I sliced down a piece of walnut and inlaid the pieces into the handle. That worked!

The spacing for the frets, by the way, are absolutely accurately spaced for a “guitar” of this size – I found an application on the internet that gave me the spacing down to the millimeter.

The carving on the rear of the paddle was done with my CNC Router.

This was a blast to make and the customer is really pleased with the final result – BONUS!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#1 posted 05-13-2014 10:32 PM

A lot of guitar bodies would work it seems. You got a lot of imagination.

I always wanted to do a pizza peel in a guitar shape – maybe someday.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 05-15-2014 06:27 PM

Sweet, the design is cool. Err excuse my ignorance what is a mash paddle I’m assuming its for brewing beer somehow???

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#3 posted 05-15-2014 06:50 PM


You are correct in the fact that a mash paddle is used in the brewing process – it’s primarily used to break up the clumps of grain during a processes called “mashing in” – adding the grain to hot water in order to extract sugars from the grain.

Here’s a link to a YouTube video showing the owner of Dogfish Head Brewery using one of my Mash Paddles – it shows a brewer at work with proper tools! :-)

Thanks for asking!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#4 posted 05-19-2014 06:30 PM

awesome thanks for the info, I’m always up for some learning. Again sweet design i love it.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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