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 Post subject: Wooden Paddles Build
PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:15 pm 
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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.


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 Post subject: Re: Wooden Paddles Build
PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:54 pm 
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Location: Seaford, South Oz
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.

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


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