Re: Building a paddle

Posted by FrankP on Jul 29, 2004

If you've laminated the wood, cedar will be more than sufficiently strong. If it's a single piece shaft (no laminations) that may be different but I have no experince to draw from at that point.

As for the blades, I have 13 layers at the blades, each at 3/8 inch. I was planning on a 5.5" wide blade which is of course larger than actual blade I built. If your blade is wider with the walnut showing that's fine. You don't have to make the blades the dimensions sesignated in the book. I would recommend that if you go wider you should make the blade a little shorter so you have the same surface area. That's what's really important anyway.

If you don't like the feel you can always make another one later.


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In Response to: Re: Building a paddle by George on Jul 28, 2004