How To Make A Kayak Paddle
By keeping some basic equipment in mind, you can learn how to make a kayak paddle. Kayaking is becoming more and more popular--and if you are considering starting kayaking or are already an enthusiast, you will need a kayak paddle. Kayak paddles are made from a variety of different types of products, including fiberglass, plastic, and wood. This is essential in order to properly use a kayak, and will provide years of fun when make properly.
- Square spruce, two feet by two feet
- One or two 3mm marine plyboards
- Pen or pencil
- Waterproof epoxy
- Anti-rust metal enamel
- Linseed oil
- Purchase a piece of spruce that is free from warps and knots. Instruct the lumber store from which you purchase the spruce to cut it to a size of 2 feet by 2 feet.
- Use a spokeshave to trim all corners of the length of the rod, except the area at both ends. This is where the paddle blade will fit. Shave the stick until it is smooth and comfortable to grip.
- Taper the ends of the rod where the blade will be positioned. Make sure that the taper comes to a thin point that is approximately half an inch thick. It should be shaped to cradle the blade.
- Purchase two marine-ply boards. While the blade typically is around 22 inches, it can be altered to meet your specific needs. Use a jigsaw to cut out two paddles from the boards that match perfectly.
- Place the blade onto the shaft, and outline the spot where the two pieces will connect. Paint this area with epoxy that is waterproof. Attach the shaft and blade, and allow to dry completely. Carefully paint the blade using an anti-rust enamel that is oil-based.
Finally, paint the shaft with a combination of turpentine and linseed oil. Once every year, reapply a coat of this material in order to prevent rotting.