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Old 07-26-2016   #1
Hamish
 
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Wooden oar repairs

I have three older wooden oars where the blades are split. The oars are serviceable and I want to keep as spares. How can I repair the split blades? Someone has suggested a fiberglass wrapping por similar. Any ideas?

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Glue and clamp them, then use giant heat shrink tubing.

For glue, Elmer's and Titebond waterproof glues are indeed waterproof.

Google the tubing - the stuff I have is 5" in diameter and has glue inside. If in doubt, order bigger, not smaller - this stuff shrinks so tight it can shrink itself right off the tip of the oar.
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Old 07-27-2016   #3
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Glue and clamp them, then use giant heat shrink tubing.

For glue, Elmer's and Titebond waterproof glues are indeed waterproof.

Google the tubing - the stuff I have is 5" in diameter and has glue inside. If in doubt, order bigger, not smaller - this stuff shrinks so tight it can shrink itself right off the tip of the oar.
Thank you - the oars are split but there is no gap where I can get glue in - and I don't wish to risk further damage by forcing them open. But I'll try the tubing you suggest. (The oars don't spend time in the water - they're spares.) Thanks again.
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