|Forum topic by gr8outdrsmn||posted 12-12-2008 02:02 AM||1518 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
12-12-2008 02:02 AM
Hello all! This is my first post on here, and I must say that this looks like a great forum. I hope to learn a lot from you guys.
I am new to woodworking in that I have never really taken on a project by myself. I have helped my dad over the years off and on with lots of things (built 2 storage buildings that you could drive a truck over, we always go overkill, hanging drywall, bathroom remodel, reroofed house, etc). I have recently decided to start attempting to make some paddles in my spare time. It doesn’t look like too difficult of a task, as I am a pretty mechanical person and I usually pick up things pretty quickly. I co-own/operate an electrical business with my dad and we do everything for ourselves no matter what the task is, so I am pretty adept at the various skills needed in all phases of residential work. In other words, I don’t feel like I am biting off more than I can chew with this project.
Ok, now on to my topic, sorry I tend to get long winded. It’s something I picked up from my dad, haha.
I am planning on making a Greenland Kayak Paddle for starters. I have gotten the Chuck Holst instructions for this and a pretty informative video on it from http://www.carvegp.com/ .
I have also ordered Canoe Paddles: A Complete Guide to Making Your Own .
I went to Home Depot and dug through many 2×12’s and actually found an 8’ 2×12 that only had 3 knots in it that are all smaller than my pinky. I decided that this was the most economical and practical way to start out, as I will mostlikely mess up, haha. Also, because of the dimensions of the Greenland Paddle, I should be able to get 3 paddles out of this 2×12.
As far as tools goes, I have miter saws, circular saws, sawzalls, table saws, chisels, files, rasps, drills, sanders, & clamps. I am ordering the 9” Curved Blade Draw Knife by Iltis Oxhead and will be buying a block plane (probably a Stanley I saw at Lowes or Home Depot for $30 I think)
Do any of you guys have any suggestions or advice for me that I may not realize until it is too late? I welcome any and all advice/criticisms/comments.
Thanks for taking the time to read my short story, haha.
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