|Project by Jerome||posted 08-02-2015 12:57 PM||777 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
There is a brief story behind this, so you’ve been warned!
A friend of a friend contacted me about making a paddle as a gift for her friend. I had just purchased a pile of scrap lumber from the lumber yard and decided to use what i thought was hickory for the paddle.
The surface was uneven so i so it over to my neighbor to plane it down some, but it was too crooked to plane and it would only go o far. However, I liked the natural twist and figure of it. I originally decided that I would use a router to remove the “meat”, but then decided to do all of it without power tools. This meant buying new chisels, and a $6 carving kit from Michaels. I found along the way that Kobalt chisels are better than Buck Bros., and that i need a wooden mallet. I thought that using the hand tools on this project would help me in other areas of things that i do, as I still have not made my own workbench.
I ended up cutting the curves with the bandsaw. (I need some bandsaw lessons on MY bandsaw). I watched some videos along the way but they did not help much because i didn’t find any for my saw itself. I designed the handle based off my palm print and the knot in the wood.
I was pretty daunting at first, but i took my time between other projects to finish this one. Using the sharpie wasn’t the best idea for marking a stained wood project. I knew this, but due to the uneven surface, even 80 grit sandpaper took some time to remove it. I tried alcohol, toothpaste, WD40, and even this stripper gel. Surprisingly, after thoroughly rinsing it off with soap and water and a gentle brush, it cleaned up well. I like the idea of the uneven lower surface.
I used stain and wipe on poly to finish it, along with purple paint for the letters
-- Jerome, Marietta, GA