Standup Paddleboard Paddles #4: All done but the finish.

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Blog entry by Bob Babcock posted 08-20-2007 03:10 AM 3295 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I completed the other paddle this weekend. Both are all done exept for the finishing. I’ve decided against doing any fiberglassing. I’m planning on using the West Systems epoxy with the 207 hardener and then 3 coats of Epifanes varnish. I’m going to wait for the warmer drier weather later in the week. I’ve noticed big differences in the epoxy finish depending on the weather.

I didn’t take as many pictures of the process on this one…basically the same as the 1st with some minor variations. I did do some steam bending for the compound bend needed for the edge banding on the blade for this one.

LOL…my steam “system”....Sue was not impressed.
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I wrapped the paddle blade in plastic and used it as the form for the bending. I didn’t get any picture of the actual clamp up.
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Here are the results though. I’m pretty pleased with it. Still need to get the epoxy haze off but was getting tired of the hand sanding.
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The back of the blade.
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I shaped the handle for comfort and good grip.
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Here are the two of them side by side. The second is about 2 inches longer with a slightly smaller blade. It is lighter and has a lot more flex than the 1st since it has only 5 laminations instead of 6.
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I should have them done next weekend and then they’ll get tested the weekend after. Hope they perform as well as they look.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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Bob #2

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#1 posted 08-20-2007 03:17 AM

Super job Bob.
I’m thinking the smaller paddle is going to be your favourite when I look at the leverage you are going to need to pull those babies through the water.
The laminations turned out really nice too.


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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 08-20-2007 05:36 AM

Really nice work, Bob.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 08-20-2007 06:10 AM

Nicely done. I think I like the 2nd one the best. Ingenious steaming process. I’d say it worked pretty well.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#4 posted 08-20-2007 01:15 PM

just gorgeous.

re: kitchen steaming – as long as you clean up after and “nothing was harmed in the steaming of these boards”....
well, I guess I can’t say any more. I’m not the queen of that kitchen. :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 08-20-2007 04:01 PM

You’re going to put those in the water now? Great job.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 08-20-2007 05:49 PM

They just get better and better….. i think you found your nitch

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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