Paddle – Part 5

12 05 2015

I added some material to the sides (more cherry) and then just did a jig saw cut and started sanding.  I was a bit concerned about how to shape the shaft, since it seems that most people do that on a routing table and I don’t have one, but I found that an angle grinder with a 60 grit sanding pad does the job quite nicely.  After working my way down to a 220 grit sander and then some hand sanding… I’m ready for fiberglass.

The paddle weighs exactly 2 lbs right now.  I’m fine with that.  The glass and finish won’t add more than another pound.  In hind sight, I should have used cedar instead of hard maple.  I also should not have ordered the Chicken Shawarma on Sunday night.  Long story…





Paddle – Part 4

28 04 2015

Wow – I actually received an email the other day asking why my blog wasn’t about repairing my Scout anymore.  That means, someone actually reads this.  Cool.  The answer to the question is: Not much to say when there are no repairs to do.  The only update I can think of is that the gas gauge still doesn’t work.  Done.

So back to my canoe paddle. I created a make shift router jig to start thinning the Blade and it worked great.  I quickly learned that I didn’t need to build up the sides of the blade so high.  Lesson learned.  I need to ad a few more 3/8″ pieces to the blade to make it wider and then it’s time to start shaping the blade.

Paddle currently weighs in at 3 lbs.  My goal is 2.

And here’s a picture for you Bill… my paddle sitting next to my old beaver tail template… on the Scout!


Paddle – Part 3

23 04 2015

Baby steps.  I bulked up the handle a bit.  Once this is try, I can start shaping.

Get a Grip

Get a Grip

Next, I need to start thinning the blade before I add a few more thinner pieces to the sides.  Not sure how I’m going to do this actually.  I started in with a hand planer, but I think it would take me days of planing, round the clock to even make a dent.  I have an idea that involves a router and a sled.  Stay tuned.

You never forget your first curl.

You never forget your first curl.

.1 milometer down.  Nope.

0.1 Milometer down. Nope.


Paddle – Part 2

22 04 2015

I’m sort of flying blind through this project and I fully realize that the first paddle I make won’t be the final (or best) paddle I make.  For example, I had no idea what to expect with taking my bent shaft off of the form.  I would not have been surprised if it just snapped back into a straight line when I took off the last few clamps.  Nope.  I now own a hockey stick.  So I found a guy online that took a few pictures of his paddle project and it seems that step 2 was to glue on an inch and a half of material on the blade.  I didn’t know how long this should be, so I went a bit overboard.  This will certainly cost me a lot of TIME on sanding and cutting day.  Better to have too much than not enough… I think.


In a life or death situation, I think I have just created something that could be used as a paddle.  But I guess you could say the same about a tree branch with bark tied to one end.


Bent Shaft Canoe Paddle – Part 1

21 04 2015

As I mentioned in the past, I’m transitioning to more woodworking projects these days.  And here’s my first “on topic of the new, different topic” post…

Kaholo Paddle Board plans have arrived.  Still sitting in a bundled up roll in the corner of my office, but I see them every day and they look wonderful.  Unwrapping soon… I hope.

IMG_3429Sorry – no flash on my picture.  Not that a flash on the camera would have made a roll of paper look nicer.  But notice the little black tube thingy in the corner.  That’s my breather tub for the paddle board.  A very important component that is required so that your paddle board doesn’t implode or explode in temperature and air pressure changes.  My uncle caught wind of me building a board (he’s built several wooden water vessels) and just happened to have an extra.  It just showed up in the mail one day, along with a great step buy step article on building the Kaholo.  Cool guy.  Thanks Chuck!

Next, I’ve started building a bent shaft canoe paddle.  If all goes well, I’ll move on to my SUP paddle next.  No need to log the details, lots of other web sites do that, but in summary:

  1. Cut 7 strips of 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ board.  Mine are about 65 inches long.
  2. Cut a 14 degree wedge off of a left over 2 x 12.  Glue and clamp the strips.
  3. Dry for 1 day and then run the stick through the table saw a few times to even up the edges.  Don’t cut off fingers.
Cutting Strips

Cutting Strips

Glue and Clamp

Glue and Clamp

Clean Edges

Clean Edges

Note for my next paddle: The boards slipped a little while gluing.  Because of this, I’m shaving a LOT of wood off the edges.  Next time I’ll keep the boards a little wider to compensate for the slip.  Easier to cut it off / trim it down when it’s dry than over exert myself with creating flush edges in the messy glue stage.

Paddle on!