Christmas Paddle Boats

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Project by fawig posted 597 days ago 1871 views 25 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these paddle boats for my grandson for Christmas. I copied the basic pattern from a magazine and added my own styles – different nose shapes and tops. They’re made using cyprus (very easy to work with) and no finish was applied (time will tell to see how they hold up under extended bathtub use).

I discovered that the key to good operation is making the paddle wide enough to slow down its rotation in the water, otherwise it just spins and splashes water without moving the boat – probably ok for an 18 month old boy but difficult for the engineer in me to accept.

A second key was drilling a hole through the width of the paddle to allow the rubber band to be twisted sufficiently for lengthy spins (much like a rubber band powered airplane).

-- "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." Phil 4:13

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#1 posted 597 days ago

Oh my! haven’t seen one of these since I was a kid. (some while ago).
We used to straddle the propeller with the rubber bands … Loads of fun.
We usually didn’t have that fancy superstructure, and most of ours were pickets off of a fence.
Great build on these toys.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#2 posted 596 days ago

These are great I bet your grandson loved them.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 596 days ago

These are cute. Way to go Granddad!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 596 days ago

What fun wooden paddle boats! Kids will surely have more fun playing with these. Great job!


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#5 posted 596 days ago

Yes!!! I´like that so much. Never see that before and will try to copy.
Great job!!!
Have some link for plans and instructions? Thanks!!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#6 posted 596 days ago

Great project.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#7 posted 596 days ago

Kids love them. Nice job.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#8 posted 596 days ago

Thanks for the nice compliments! I added a SketchUp picture with some overall dimensions for anyone interested in building a few.

-- "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." Phil 4:13

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#9 posted 595 days ago

awesome gonna have to make some of these for my new grandson

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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