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 Post subject: Birdmouth oars
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 1:23 am 
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I have built some paddles but never a oar or a birdmouth type shaft. So I figure there is no time like the present so here we go.
Had some cedar strips 1/4 thick so I ripped the 45% angle in the edge.

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did this to seven pieces and the glued them up with tit bond II



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The zip ties work well to hold them together.

view from one end

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after they dried I took a plane and rounded them up.
Ron


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 Post subject: Re: Birdmouth oars
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 1:54 am 
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glued up some scrap cedar and turned the handles and plugs

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glued them in

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then I glued up the blades and ran them through the planer

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After gluing in the plug I thinned some tite bond and poured it into the shaft rolled it around and coated the inside.
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 Post subject: Re: Birdmouth oars
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:38 am 
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Nice work Ron

luv that door knob plate sawhorse bracket - that is just my speed.


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 Post subject: Re: Birdmouth oars
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:42 am 
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Did some a while back, really need to do some more. Some I made using the regular birdsmouth and a couple with a faux birdsmouth, both came out pretty good and suprisingly strong and light. I used plumbing fixtures and 1/2'' aluminium as connectors, worked fine. Now have some carbon fibre material to play with for blades, see what I can come up with (when I have other projects done ! )[url]Image[/url]
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 Post subject: Re: Birdmouth oars
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:02 am 
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regular birdsmouth and connectors/coupling.
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 Post subject: Re: Birdmouth oars
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:54 am 
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These will be used for rowing so I dont have to worry about connecters.
Man that looks good MM
Ron


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 Post subject: Re: Birdmouth oars
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:07 pm 
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Cut a slot 1/4 deep on the side of the shaft

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glued on the blade.

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layed up another piece of cedar for the blade brace.

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 Post subject: Re: Birdmouth oars
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:35 pm 
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Trimed the tip piece , it laps inside the shaft for an inch and a half.
here is one I am fitting

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one glued in place

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then I started sanding and finishing the shaft.
Ron


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 Post subject: Re: Birdmouth oars
PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:10 pm 
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Looks good! I have built several birds mouth paddle shafts over the last couple years. Things are super strong and light. People freak out when I hand them one of my SUP paddles. They always comment on how light it is.

I'm gonna have to build me a double blade pretty quick for the Sabalo. Luckily I made a couple extra paddle shafts when I built a paddle last year :D


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 Post subject: Re: Birdmouth oars
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:41 am 
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So far I am impressed with there weight and stiffness.
Ron


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