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$.50 2X6 Paddle

beekeeper

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A "bright" idea gone dim. Thought I would make a short double paddle to ease the boat along while fishing. Could be used as a single paddle but would not have to swap sides of boat. Just pick it up and paddle on which ever side of the boat you needed to. Did not work too well in practice. Not the first time my ideas didn't pan out. It was still a lot of fun to make and I need the practice. 2X6 cost $.50 from the cut off bin so no big loss.



I thought it looked good on the boat.


Only thing lost was time, but what is time to a paddle? :roll:

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Wannabe

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Go ahead J.D. spend another $.50. Ya know your going to have fun with it. :D Could your grandson use the paddle as is or would you have to trim it down a little? It may not do what you intended, but it still looks good.
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Kayak Jack

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Another thought, it is about the length of an Inuit paddle. Narrow up the blades and let the Grandkids use it.

I suppose you could use it to eat ice cream too. I'm thinking, J.D., that you could easily handle a double ender with ice cream. :roll:
 

gbinga

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I agree with the other guys - a perfectly reasonable looking paddle except for the length.

You need a board stretcher. The power operated ones are too damn expensive except for industrial applications, but the manual versions are reasonable and a great thing to have around the shop. You should be able to find one at Harbor Freight or Home Depot. Gotta ask for it in person, though. You'll never find it on the internet.

George
 

beekeeper

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I know it is too short to be used as a double kayak or Inuit paddle. The thought process was for it to be a double ended paddle used as a single paddle over either side of the boat with out having to switch the paddle from one side to the other, or to use it one handed for a single stroke to ease the boat along as I fished. It workd, but not as well as I wanted. A lighter and/or narrower design may be better.
I like Jack's ice cream idea. :)

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Kayak Jack

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gbinga said:
You need a board stretcher. The power operated ones are too damn expensive except for industrial applications, but the manual versions are reasonable and a great thing to have around the shop. You should be able to find one at Harbor Freight or Home Depot. Gotta ask for it in person, though.
In our Harbor Freight, board stretchers are right next to the post holes.

Just think, J.D., you could eat ice cream from TWO each 5 gallon pails. One on your left, and another on your right. (little blonde gal on Hee Haw: "YUM! YUM! Grandpa - What's fer supper?"

Being serious for a moment, there are one-handed paddles that may work. About 10" X 18", with a comma-shaped hand hold and a thumb hole cut out of one end. Making one of them would cost, oh maybe, 37 or 38 cents. (I'll email you the money.)
 

beekeeper

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Kayak Jack said:
gbinga said:
Being serious for a moment, there are one-handed paddles that may work. About 10" X 18", with a comma-shaped hand hold and a thumb hole cut out of one end. Making one of them would cost, oh maybe, 37 or 38 cents. (I'll email you the money.)
I'll hijack or drift my on post. I have seen those thumb paddles. They may work but, not in the manor I envisoned. A lot of pirogue paddlers around Lake Bistaneau use two short (36" or less) paddles. One in each hand, (thumb on top side of fist) held at the shaft next to the blade. The stroke is a grubbing motion (reach forward, stab paddle into the water and pull rearward), alternating left and right stokes. Only one paddle is used when casting or other activities. I don't have any pictures but I will try to get some and post. I did not explain this well, but the two short paddles in this picture are being made for that usage:


:wink: Jack these cut off boards are more expensive. Each paddle has $1.02 worth of wood. I was kind of nervous getting started. :roll:

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oldsparkey

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I have a little paddle about 3 feet in length and I paddle with it the same way. Hold the top of the shaft in your hand with the thumb on the upper part to brace it and pull back on the paddle.
You can do it with a regular paddle but it is a little more awkward to use.

Chuck.