Friday, February 29, 2008

Paddle Update

Using a rasp and belt sander I shaved down both sides of the blade taking care to keep them symmetrical. I found that the rasp worked a lot better than the belt sander, it was easier to fair the blade. I intend on laminating carbon fibre on both sides of the blade so I will take the blade down to almost waffer thin. At this stage I've just roughed in the blade. I then taped a template to the rough blade. The design is based on a Greyowl Paddles, Otter tail paddle. I vectorized and redesigned the shape of the blade on my computer, then printed out the template. I finished off this lunch break by tracing the paddle shape onto the wooden blank.

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