Wooden Paddles Build

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preacher
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Type of boat I like: Cape Fear SOT
Location: Balch Springs, Texas

Wooden Paddles Build

Post by preacher » Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:15 pm

The Cape Fear is a fast boat and great looking Yak but the aluminum paddle just seems to take away something from the boat so I decided to fix that.

Goal a 244cm wooden yak paddle.
First I buy 3 very expensive 8'X8"X 5/8" cedar fence slats. Must have set me back $9.00 or so. Picked one of darker heart wood and 2 lighter color.
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I designed and cut 1 of the outside slat and used it for form guide of the other 2.
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At this stage they all 3 have the desired finished shape of the blades included.
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After the inside slat of dark wood is cut to shape I reduce the shape of the outside slats by trimming the blade into a blade brace for strength and strengthening shape.
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Now it is time to assemble the package.
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The slats are extremely green so I have already spent a lot of time (weeks) drying even using a heat gun to speed things up a little,
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Now the fun begins, shaping this virtually square thing into a paddle. Praise God for sharp planes and lot of sand paper.
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I can't believe how much planing, sanding and rasping it actually takes but after I took down the mass of corners I used mostly a small palm plane and it worked great.
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The brace portions are tapered to blend and a small, paper thin, dark wood strip added for accent.
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Epoxy resin is used to seal the wood and waterproof it.
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Then the varnish is applied to finish it out. Electrician's rubber tape is added to form hand cushions.
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Then I started the second stage. The Spare Tire.
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I didn't waste epoxy resin on this paddle because it is just a cheap spare for emergency only. 30" long and 6" wide. Stows inside the front hatch nicely out of the way and wiating just in case something happens to big sister.

OnkaBob
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Re: Wooden Paddles Build

Post by OnkaBob » Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:54 pm

preacher wrote: Must have set me back $9.00 or so.
You big spender you! :lol:

Looks good Preacher, should be nice and light too.

If you ever make another one try an oil finish on the shaft - it feels really good. I made a greenland paddle a while back with a pure tung oil finish and liked it so much I sanded all the varnish off my main paddle shaft and oiled that too.

Good to see you back at the work bench.
Cheers, Bob

Laker 13 - christened and slimed (just).
Laker accessories underway.

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