I started #2 today. This one I’m shooting for better performance. I’m only using five 1/4” laminations this time instead of six and only one is mahogany instead of two. No lyptus in the handle this time either. The difference in weight is very noticable already.
I book matched the front and rear blade faces. The front is going to be cedar, the rear mahogany. The light cedar front will have a dark mahogany stripe bisecting it. The dark mahogany back a light cedar stripe.
Here is the 1st paddle. I had already put on what I thought was the final epoxy coat but the cheap chip brushes I had left behind lots of bristles and brush strokes. Shortly after this I sanded the whole thing down again and won’t finish it until I do both at once with the 207 hardener. I’m then going to finish them with 3 coats of varnish as our buddy Neil has suggested in my eopxy question post.
-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org