Cherry Mash Paddle for Flat Earth Brewing

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Project by KnotCurser posted 09-08-2014 12:24 AM 2641 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Mash Paddle created for the Flat Earth Brewing Company located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The customer wanted me to make a two-sided paddle, which you see here. One side contains the name of the brewery and the Owner’s Name. The other side a depiction of a Sugar Skull and the Owner’s Birth Year.

In the paddle area are two custom Hop Flowers the customer personally designed.

I used some antique, highly figured cherry for this paddle – I felt a special paddle deserves some special wood.

The paddle will be used in a craft brewery and measures 55 inches high and is a tad over 1 inch thick.

I used my CNC Router for all the carvings and my scroll saw for the cut-outs in the handle.

Since the paddle will be in contact with beer, treatment consisted of a light soak in 100% food-grade mineral oil.

This was a fun paddle to create – although it was basically twice the work.



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

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#1 posted 09-08-2014 03:32 AM

Beauty. Which did you do first, the carving or the shaping of the paddle?

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#2 posted 09-08-2014 03:35 AM

Love the paddle and the design. Very cool.

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#3 posted 09-08-2014 12:09 PM

I like it.

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#4 posted 09-08-2014 12:16 PM


Good question – and one that I mulled over quite a long time the first time I carved a paddle! I first rough-cut the blank and the use a template with a pattern bit to get the blank pretty much perfect. The pattern also has a couple of notches that mark the vertical center line of the paddle – I’ll use those marks to draw a line down the exact center of the paddle.

Once I have a line, I can use it to align my piece on the CNC Router – center your bit on the line about a 1/2” above the surface and run it up and down the paddle until it rides the line perfectly and your are centered! Sounds complicated, but it only takes about two minutes to accomplish.

After the carving, I then round the edges with my router table and finally do the scroll-saw work. Then it’s on to sanding and oiling.


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

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#5 posted 02-13-2019 07:07 PM


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

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