"Beavertail" paddle

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Project by twissty posted 08-28-2010 03:26 PM 2486 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got around to making a paddle.
This was laminated using a 1/2 ” thick white pine core and 3/8 ” reclaimed red oak.
It was glued up using Raka epoxy resin thickened with maple sanding dust. This made the glue lines a nice chocolate brown colour. The shaft was shaped with a 1/2” roundover bit on a router table, the grip with a spokeshave and belt sander, and the blade with hand planes , a spokeshave , and a cabinet scraper.
As it was shaped by hand, its not perfectly symetrical, but i think it gives it a bit of character.

It’s finished with two coats of raka epoxy and two coats of spar varnish.

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#1 posted 08-28-2010 04:24 PM

sure looks like it would make paddling a pleasant experience.

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#2 posted 08-29-2010 02:39 AM

Looks symmetrical to me. Good job, I’d love to use one of these over the plastic and aluminum things out there today.

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#3 posted 05-16-2011 09:02 PM

Hard to tell from the photo, is that a bent or straight shaft paddle?

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#4 posted 05-17-2011 01:11 AM

It’s a straight shaft paddle

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