Up the Creek with a Paddle

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Project by JimYoung posted 10-20-2017 04:33 PM 1333 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a small paddle for the boat I built. I looked at a lot of different designs online and most needed a lot of shaping by hand. What I came up with here is pretty straight forward to build and doesn’t require a lot of shaping.

I started with a 3/16” thick blank of the paddle shape. Mine is 36” long, 6 1/2” wide, the blade is 12” long, and the handle is 1 1/4” wide. The length will fit in the cockpit of my boat and I’ve made some holders that will get epoxied in on the side. The 1 1/4” diameter on the handle appears to be pretty standard. I laminated the core from some mahogany and hard maple. The blade shape was just free handed. The blade and few inches up the handle were glassed both sides with epoxy and 6oz. fiberglass cloth. Next I cut two 1/2” x 1 1/4” pieces for the handle, and rounded the edges with a 1/2” round over bit in my router. I tapered the one end to blend into the paddle blade. These handles were epoxied to each side of the core. The round over bit got the handle shape close, but a few minutes “shoe shine” with an 80 grit sanding belt made it round. The handle end was more mahogany rough cut to shape on the band saw. I chose this shape since I though it might come in handy hooking the dock. A few coats of spar varnish, and it is ready for service. Overall it took about a week working no more than an hour a night.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#1 posted 10-20-2017 06:15 PM

Jim, you did a wonderful job on this paddle. Beautiful work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 10-20-2017 07:02 PM

Very pretty and well made too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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