April 26, 2013

Building a lightweight Canoe Paddle – Planing

Lightweight canoe paddles planed close-up

In order to prepare our lightweight canoe paddles for shaping with the router and the bandsaw, we planed them down. While it is likely that we would have been able to use our router to plane the thickness of the paddle blanks down and even out the surfaces, it would have been quite difficult since both sites of the paddle were uneven.

At the planer I took the thickness of the paddle blanks down to 1-15/16″. This gives us an extra 1/16″ of material to work with as we go down to our final maximum thickness of 1-1/4″ (paddle shaft).

Lightweight canoe paddles planed

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.

~Nathan

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