Christmas Paddle Boats

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Project by fawig posted 01-03-2013 12:57 PM 5090 views 27 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 01-03-2013 02:31 PM

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 01-03-2013 04:13 PM

These are great I bet your grandson loved them.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 01-03-2013 04:35 PM

These are cute. Way to go Granddad!

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 01-03-2013 07:37 PM

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


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#5 posted 01-03-2013 08:42 PM

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 01-03-2013 09:16 PM

Great project.

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

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#7 posted 01-04-2013 11:33 AM

Kids love them. Nice job.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#8 posted 01-04-2013 01:53 PM

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 01-04-2013 07:17 PM

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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