|Project by fawig||posted 01-03-2013 12:57 PM||2413 views||27 times favorited||9 comments|
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