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Old 09-22-2010   #1
 
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Making a quick wooden paddle. Specs?

My cheap harmony river passage paddle had water in it, and I've come to find out, it was because the blade actually cracked and that's where it lets water in, sp it's liable to break soon.

So I was thinking of making a cheap wooden one. I mainly just need to know how thick the paddle blade should be. I'm going to use red elm for the paddle blades, since I already have some; and a 6' wooden dowel from a nearby garden store.

Anyone ever done this and have some input, particularly, on how thick the paddle blade should be? I'm guessing I can go relatively thin on it, maybe 1/4" at the tips?

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Old 09-23-2010   #2
 
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there are a few good sites with info on making paddles. I havent looked in ages so I dont have the links available, but remember the sites were about making canoes, they have links to making paddles, so there is one route for a google search. Posting pics after your done would be awesome!!! Do a series of pics through the process and a little write up, what was easy / what was difficult.... Have had my wood paddle now for maybe 12-15 years. Love it! I just refinish it every two or three years
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there are a few good sites with info on making paddles. I havent looked in ages so I dont have the links available, but remember the sites were about making canoes, they have links to making paddles, so there is one route for a google search. Posting pics after your done would be awesome!!! Do a series of pics through the process and a little write up, what was easy / what was difficult.... Have had my wood paddle now for maybe 12-15 years. Love it! I just refinish it every two or three years

Thanks, I'll try and do that. I'm not sure how well it'll hold up though, so I'm going to refrain from posting pics until at least after this weekend. Just have to see how it holds up in combat.

I have been referencing a mixture of paddle-making guides online, but none of them seem to indicate how thick the paddle blade should end up, so I'm guessing it's just a matter of preference.
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Here's a Nice Paddle website!!

Here are two links to making a nice custom wooden paddle!! Don't forget to find a "NICE" test subject!! Ha Haaaa!! ENJOY!!

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I've been doing web research for making some oars and keep finding instructions for paddles....he are some of the sites I found.

How to make your own oars
Free Plans for Download - Michael Storer Boat Design
WCHA: Canoe Paddles
Quick-N-Dirty Oars
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Old 09-24-2010   #6
 
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I had a go at it last night, and cutting out a place to put the blades on the pole is a lot harder than I expected. Although I'm still intrigued by the idea of using a wooden paddle. Apparently, they last really long. I think I'm going to forgo the idea of making my own, and just save up for one.

I'm thinking of just epoxying my current paddle, to at least hold me over a weekend or two, on some class 3.
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laminate the blade around the pole
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