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I wanted to make another paddle with a slightly different design. Making paddles is fun to me and doesn't require much in the way of materials. The only wood I needed was a 2x4x8' spruce that was knot free for the most part.

BTW- I know there are some other paddle builders on this forum that make beautiful paddles. Mine won't be one of those because I'm hard on paddles. I don't want to put a whole lot of time into something that I'll probably break or bang up.

I start by ripping a 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" x 8' piece for the shaft. Next, I use the rest of the 2x and cut it into 20" lengths. These are then ripped into (7) pieces 9/16" x 1-1/2" x 20". I butt glue (Titebond) these for the blade.

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There are lots of paddle designs out there and I went with more Hawaiian type blade.

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I laid out my 10 degree off-set for the power face and cut the shaft.

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I drew my bevel cut lines (3/8") along the shaft.

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I made my bevel cuts on the shaft with a block plane and clean them up with a spoke shave. These don't have to be perfect because this is still rough shaping.

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I lay out some lines on the blade for rough shaping.

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When I shape the blade I start on the outside and work my way around. Most of the work is done with either the block plane or spoke shave. I want a feather edge and the blade gets progressively thicker toward the center.

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Now that the blade and shaft are rough shaped it's time for a test fit.

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The fit looks good so I sand the blade on both sides.

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I use carbon fiber on my paddles because they need additional reinforcement. The blade will get carbon fiber and 4 oz. glass on one side and just 4 oz. glass on the other.

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I cut the glass a little proud so it overhangs about 1/4" past the cf.

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I apply a coat of epoxy to the blade and lay the cf down.

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Right after that I lay the glass down and wet that out. The weight of the glass helps the cf contour to the feather edge.

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I'll be down in Tampa for the next couple of days, so I'll update when I get back.

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I rounded the shaft by planing the tips of the octagon with a block plane. I used an 80 grit sanding belt to get the final rounded shape. The last 1" isn't sanded round because the handle will be fitted to the shaft later.

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I made a simple handle that is comfortable once it's been chamfered.

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It will be secured with a screw, glass and epoxy a little later.

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thats looking pretty damn good Boco

Why just CF on one side?? is that an aesthetic choice or for any reason?? just curious

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The backside to the blade was glassed and allowed to set-up for a couple of days.

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The blade is sanded and prepared for glassing. I start by laying a strip of 4 oz. S-2 glass down where the blade meets the shaft. That little tongue will be wrapped when the shaft gets some glass.

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The shaft is set in place. I add fin rope on each side where the shaft meets the blade to create a fillet. The rope extends past the shaft and on the blade. It also goes up past the blade at the top and extend 8" up the shaft. Then a large piece of S-2 glass is laid over the shaft and blade. The last piece is more S-2 glass is wrapped around the shaft just above the blade to cover the tongue and fin rope.

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StuMak wrote:
thats looking pretty damn good Boco

Why just CF on one side?? is that an aesthetic choice or for any reason?? just curious



I use to do it on both sides. It's a little over kill and I like the look of the natural wood where the shaft mounts to the blade. Also it's hard to make the cf conform to the shapes on that side.

Thanks for the positive feedback.

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