Greek Paddles

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Project by exterminate posted 05-20-2013 12:50 AM 2008 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are two Greek paddles made for my wife’s second cousins as confirmation gifts in the Methodist Church. It has more to do with their youth group than it does the church. The front has their name and a bible verse inscribed. On the back, they will place achievement stickers. First one is hard maple and purple heart. Second is hard maple with a dyed turquoise stripe. The inscription was done by a local trophy shop, but the rest was me. The finish is five coats of lacquer followed by a carnuba was and 0000 steel wool rub to give a nice satin sheen. This is my first band saw project. Used the band saw to make an MDF template, then again to cut close to the lines from the template, followed with the router and a pattern bit. While this was a fun project, it did have its aches and pains. When putting the roman ogre on, the bit I was using bit and tore a chunk off on one of the bottom curves. Had to shorten the total length by an inch or so to make up for it. Because of that, I thought I’d take a shortcut, and use the first paddle as the template for the second, so that they would match. I must have tilted the router at the top of the handle, and ended up tearing a small chunk their to. Then, at the trophy shop, the second paddle shifted during the process, and ended up with a double vision type inscription. I had to plane that one down, and send it back. Unfortunately it was the dyed one, so the dyeing process had to be redone as well. Oh well. So the final design was not the original design, but I think it worked out in the end. Can’t wait to hear if they liked them or not. The confirmation was earlier tonight.

Thanks for looking, and have a great night!

-- Albert Einstein - "I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right."

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#1 posted 05-20-2013 01:38 AM

Those are really nice! You really nailed that finish – outstanding job.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 05-21-2013 12:01 AM

Thanks Bill – I Certainly appreciate it. I think i was happier with the finish then I was with the paddle itself! I’ve never been great with finishes.

-- Albert Einstein - "I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right."

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#3 posted 05-22-2013 09:12 PM

That turned out really lovely. The finish sets it off. I am sure they are appreciated and liked.

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