Apple wood cocktail muddler

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Project by RLA1974 posted 07-28-2020 01:58 PM 1011 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A buddy of mine is really getting into cocktail recipes and asked me if I was able to make him a wooden muddler on the lathe. Being a beer guy, I needed to look this up. It’s for pressing the juice and oils out of herbs and fruit at the bottom of a glass without tearing the herbs and releasing chlorophyll to make it bitter.

Times being what they are, he said just to use whatever I had lying around but I wanted to make something special. I have maple and beech on hand, but I also had an apple log I’d picked up at an orchard last year. So several terrifying ax cuts later, I was able to chop off something I could work with on the mini lathe. Smaller chunks went into the barbecue, which was amazing. The colour and grain are entrancing – I’m very much looking forward to trying some tool handles too.

Once I turned it down and sanded to 1000 grit, I burned in a small detail and finished it with several coats of beeswax burnished in to keep food safe and allergy free.

Never one to avoid complicating things, I threw together a box of rough pine so I could package it with the apple wood plane shavings. I’m pretty darned pleased with the results.

Cheers and stay safe.

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#1 posted 07-28-2020 05:54 PM

That should work, nice job!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#2 posted 07-29-2020 03:18 AM

Nice looking project. By the time I got it used the spirits would probably somehow have disappeared. LOL. Good job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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