In the middle of building a canoe paddle. I don't know why... just because.
Got cedar and pine strips from my uncle. nice clear stuff. Glued them together over the last couple of weeks. Some might have seen the post where i was looking for someone local with a wood shop to kiss everything off even.
Goatman came to the rescue on that one for me.
After a visit to him, I glued on a second level of wood due to the paddle being thin, and I had a glue connection (break) mid paddle portion where the short pieces went in.
So today was the day to start taking this thing down. The wood was high and low. Again. The pine was a lot thicker than the cedar... not sure if it was an oversight - or my dear ol" uncle still likes to see me work. I will get after him for the work version though..
So the first issue was where to do this at. i have no shop and the shed wasn't going to cut it. The saw horses have the canoe on them while I paint.
Adapt and overcome...
It isn't pretty, but it is fully functional. Made it out of left over lumber. When done, it will go to my sidewalk forms latter this summer.
The neighbor across the alley thought I was nuts - but he usually does. Though I was in the middle of "stressing" the bench out when he talked to me. The bigger issue was the heat of the day for him.
Not the best pic's:
You can see the lower portion of the paddle 3/4" cedar and pine. The top laminate is 1/2 cedar and 3/4' pine. Both sides...
First order of business was to reduce the center pine stripe so it was level. While I was at it, I decided to start reducing the mass and start beveling the reinforcement laminate on top in the paddle area.
It is ugly - but it works and functions very well.
Started to lay the lines out to cut away the excess and transition from handle to paddle.
Both sides of paddle have the three main tapers started on both edges and the laminate point across the bottom. Also the handle is now flat across as the 1/2" of wood in the middle is gone.
The plan is to cut the handle to 2-1/4" then reduce it with a taper on both edges to a center point on the edge. Then sand smooth. This will reduce thickness, but let the strength of the laminate.
Plan on tapering the top side of the paddle to the rounded top edge as well. That will allow for the thickness of the handle to transition into the skinnier paddle area.
Time will tell.
Got a long weekend and a holiday coming up.