Bob Babcock Inspired Stand Up Surf Paddle #1: Bending Fixture / Jig

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Blog entry by Scott Grier posted 01-16-2008 06:21 AM 2732 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Aloha everyone, time for my first blog entry. I recently started stand up surfing and when searching for paddles, I was directed to Bob Babcock’s postings. I was totally blown away and inspired! I set up my account, contacted Bob, and off I went. OH, thanks again Bob, I talked to Bill and will be paddling in Maui next month!! I hope to see you there.

Below is the jig that I made by gluing up two layers of 1/4 inch ply between two outer layers of 3/4 ply. I cut the jig into two pieces so I would be able to bend the shaft at 14 degrees. I expect the final angle to be about 13 degrees after the wood relaxes some out of the jig. You can see how huge the thing is, but I hope to make a few paddles, so I beefed it up quite a bit.

Side view of paddle bending jig

Bending jig with clamps

The matt on the floor is a traction pad for my stand up board. I put a larger one on and put some no slip material on the bottom and now I have the coolest anti fatigue matt ever!

Bench Mat SUP style

Well, that’s it for now, but if you found this by accident, search for paddles at lumberjocks, there are some very cool projects already done for you to look at!

-- "A ship is safe in a harbor, but that is not what ships are for" ~ Unknown

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#1 posted 01-16-2008 06:29 AM

Somebody went and put a workbench under that calendar.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 01-16-2008 07:32 PM

Yeah, crazy huh…

-- "A ship is safe in a harbor, but that is not what ships are for" ~ Unknown

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#3 posted 01-16-2008 07:48 PM

Very interesting. Man, that is a great calendar!

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#4 posted 01-17-2008 02:44 PM

Hehe…glad to see I’m not the only hound dog in the pack….nice calendar. Oh yeah….the jig looks good too…:)

I’ll be there Scott. I’ll have a couple of paddles with me too. There should be a few others as well…a kinimaka and Malama among them.

I’m very flattered to be inspiring….my wife says I’m something else.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 01-17-2008 02:50 PM

I said, “what calendar?” hadn’t noticed it… men!

nice bench and the jig is interesting.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 01-17-2008 05:33 PM

Thanks MsDebbieP, I was starting to think that my workbench and jig were display racks for the calender! The bench is just 2×4 MDF and Hardboard, but the huge worksurface is great for pretty much everything!

-- "A ship is safe in a harbor, but that is not what ships are for" ~ Unknown

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