Standup Paddleboard Paddles #2: Shaping the blade

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Blog entry by Bob Babcock posted 08-09-2007 12:59 AM 4445 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A couple of pictures of glueing up the edges from last night and then todays lunch break. I didn’t even eat I want to finish this so bad.

Spooky night operation.
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Edges glued up
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Lunch break today.
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The drawknife lets me remove material fast. Gotta be careful though, real easy to take too much.
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It also can take a almost paper thin shaving.
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After some sanding
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and some more….the back
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This little 3M sanding pad with their new sandpaper works really well.
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I came into the house for a few minutes and it rained while I was gone. The blade got a little damp on one edge. I hope it doesn’t cause any staining or other issues. It figures…I wanted to put on the fiberglass tonight. I’ll have to wait to be sure it’s completely dry now. I should get it done tomorrow.

-- Bob

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#1 posted 08-09-2007 01:04 AM

Impressive, even in its unfinished state… thanks for the update.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#2 posted 08-09-2007 01:07 AM

It is coming along great. Thanks for sharing this.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 08-09-2007 01:08 AM

Man Bob, what a pretty thing you have done. I can hardly wait now myself!


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#4 posted 08-09-2007 02:47 AM

waiting with bated breathe!!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 08-09-2007 05:08 AM

Bummer about the rain. Can’t wait to see it done. I like the gradations on the back in the handle. That’s my favorite part about paddles.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#6 posted 08-09-2007 09:29 AM

From the pics, it looks like you were up all night and into the morning working on this! Fun shots…

Hey, what’s that Transformer (robot) looking thing in the last picture? Sander of some sort?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#7 posted 08-09-2007 10:51 AM

Sleepless on the east coast….sigh.

Thanks all…I’m having some fun with this. Very enjoyable project.

Doesn’t look like the rain did any damage thankfully.

The contrasts and especially the gradations are really what makes the paddle come alive. I’m anxious for the finish but have decided to take some more material off. It’s still too heavy. I’d like to get it down to 3 – 3.5 lbs. I’m going to thin the shaft slightly the whole length, lighten the blade some and cut out some of the beef in the handle. I need about a 15% weight reduction at minimum.

The transformer thing is a new sandpaper and sanding pad from 3M. Really works well. The sandpaper has a different kind of grit. I saw it written up somewhere with good results and decided to get some. It actually lives up to the marketing hype. I was using 80 grit. It really removes material faster and leaves a smoother finish than regular paper.

No…not up all night…an hour last night and another at lunch today. The work really flies. It tonight that I’m awake all night….heads spinning…..I was actually working but decided to take a break…..reaching the point of diminishing return.

How’s your hand Dorje?

-- Bob

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#8 posted 08-09-2007 11:46 AM

you work late, skip lunch.. and then have to leave it for a day… grumble grumble!

is that Grandpa’s tool that you are using??

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#9 posted 08-09-2007 11:58 AM

Yeah…I know…I was grumbling too!

Yes it is Deb. Such a great old tool. Very versatile.

I wish I could see some of the things he built. I have a couple of pictures of old theatres in Boston that he worked on but that’s it. He wasn’t so much a woodworker as a carpenter. No furniture or anything left….:(

-- Bob

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#10 posted 08-09-2007 09:19 PM

Hand’s healing up – a bit sore – but I did get out to the shop yesterday to continue on my table (working slowly).

Thanks for asking!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#11 posted 12-12-2008 01:29 AM

That is a great looking paddle you have there. I am just getting into woodworking and plan on making a Greenland Kayak Paddle my first project, i think. Any pointers you can lend to a newbie? I am ordering a drawknife (Iltis & Oxhead 9’’ curved, I have heard this a decent one for me to get, do you agree?) because I know how valuable it can be in most any situation.

-- Don't take life too seriously, you'll never get out alive.

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#12 posted 01-10-2009 10:37 PM

Man, you are working outside in December….that must be real nice. A great looking paddle.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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