"Beavertail" paddle

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Project by twissty posted 1415 days ago 1845 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got around to making a paddle.
This was laminated using a 1/2 ” thick white pine core and 3/8 ” reclaimed red oak.
It was glued up using Raka epoxy resin thickened with maple sanding dust. This made the glue lines a nice chocolate brown colour. The shaft was shaped with a 1/2” roundover bit on a router table, the grip with a spokeshave and belt sander, and the blade with hand planes , a spokeshave , and a cabinet scraper.
As it was shaped by hand, its not perfectly symetrical, but i think it gives it a bit of character.

It’s finished with two coats of raka epoxy and two coats of spar varnish.

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#1 posted 1415 days ago

sure looks like it would make paddling a pleasant experience.

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1967 posts in 2051 days

#2 posted 1414 days ago

Looks symmetrical to me. Good job, I’d love to use one of these over the plastic and aluminum things out there today.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#3 posted 1154 days ago

Hard to tell from the photo, is that a bent or straight shaft paddle?

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#4 posted 1153 days ago

It’s a straight shaft paddle

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