December 20, 2015

Building a canoe paddle – More Photos of Profiler Jig

My original post on building a lightweight canoe paddle received many comments asking for more photos of the Canoe Paddle Profiler jig used for shaping the canoe paddle’s blade. So without further ado…

Measuring another canoe paddle’s blade angle
Paddle Making - Measuring blade angle

Routing the blade tip with the Canoe Paddle Profiler
Canoe Paddle Profiler -  Routing the tip

Paddle snugged in place with tacked down blocks in the Canoe Paddle Profiler
Canoe Paddle Profiler -  Clamp Blocks

Paddle clamped in place in the Canoe Paddle Profiler
Canoe Paddle Profiler - Clamped

Canoe Paddle Profiler
Canoe Paddle Profiler - close up


July 6, 2014

Building a Lightweight Canoe Paddle – Shaping

With the canoe paddles planed down the time came to cut the shape of the blade. My buddy and I went to work tracing the shape from another paddle we had onto our paddle blanks. Once traced we headed to the bandsaw to cut the blades and handles shape.

Canoe paddles cut out

Next came the difficult part: Making a taper down the length of the blade while taping off toward the left and right edge to create an apex on each side of the blade. After researching many ways to perform the necessary cuts including using a hand plane, a power hand plane, a jointer, bandsaw (need a bandsaw that can cut large enough), CNC router, or a table saw I decided on using a router. The router with jig option delivers precision with a quality finish from the cut marks left behind. This should ensure repeatability in making multiple paddles and minimize the time spent sanding.

Routing the Blade

My inspiration for using a router to create the necessary profiles was from Bob Bear’s website on making a canoe paddle from a single log. He demonstrates a router jig he made that he calls the Router Box Profiler. I built my own take on his jig that I like to call the Canoe Paddle Profiler.

Canoe Paddle Profiler

Canoe Paddle Profiler - close upThe Canoe Paddle Profiler is a pretty simple jig. The paddle’s blade is fixed to the floor of the jig. The router moves back and forth upon a carriage that forms an apex. The carriage itself rides along a sloping track. To operate the jig you simple chuck-up a fluted or spiral cutting bit and proceed to run the router up-and-down the length of the blade (upon the sloping track) while motioning the router back-and-forth (on the carriage).

I will post more details on building a Canoe Paddle Profiler after my buddy and I route the second paddle. There are likely to still be a few adjustments to the final design.

Canoe Paddle Profiler Results

Routed Canoe Paddle Edge Routed Canoe Paddle

More Photos of the Canoe Paddle Profiler

Next Steps

Next up we will round-over the edges of the paddles and start sanding the entire paddle to the final shape. From there we will move into finish sanding and to fiberglassing.

Learn more

Day 1 How we cut the Cedar strips for our lightweight canoe paddle.

Day 2 How we glued up Cedar strips for our lightweight canoe paddle.

Day 3 How I planed the Cedar strips for our lightweight canoe paddle.

Day 4 & 5 How I shaped the blank canoe paddle for our lightweight canoe paddle.


July 1, 2014

Simple Way to Disable Spotlight Drive Indexing on OSX

spotlight-indexingOSX Spotlight’s driving indexing can be a nuisance on drives that don’t need search capabilities or that need a greater level of privacy. All it takes to disable Spotlight’s drive indexing is to create a blank file on the root of the drive.

Disable Spotlight Drive Indexing in 4-steps

1. Create a file called “.metadata_never_index” at the root folder of the drive. Example:
touch /Volumes/[VolumeNameHere]/.metadata_never_index
2. To confirm and remove and previous indexing, execute the following command:
mv /Volumes/[VolumeNameHere]/.Spotlight-V100/ /Volumes/[VolumeNameHere]/.Spotlight-V100-REMOVED
3. Disconnect and reconnect the drive (do not forget to unmount the drive first).

4. Once the drive is reconnected, confirm that a new .Spotlight-V100 folder has NOT been created.


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March 16, 2014

Restored Rockwell Unisaw

The completed restoration of my 1977 Rockwell International 34-461 Unisaw

Over the course of two months I completely disassembled, cleaned, primed, painted, and replaced the bearings of a 1977 Rockwell Unisaw bringing it back to a like new condition.

Below you can see the restored Unisaw in all of it’s glory ready for another 30 years of service. Before pictures can be seen here.

Refurbished 1977 Rockwell International Unisaw
Rockwell Unisaw - Front, top, and side

3 Horsepower, 230 volt, single phase motor with brand new bearings.
Rockwell Unisaw - Front, top, and side

Right-tilt configuration
Rockwell Unisaw - motor

Low voltage motor starter and control recessed into the rear of the cabinet.
Rockwell Unisaw - side and back

LED lights and white painted interior for increased visibility.
Rockwell Unisaw - Trunnion and motor

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