TOOLS AND MATERIALS
A canoe paddle can certainly be made using hand tools only, but I prefer the labor-saving aspects of electric saws and sanders. Either way, making something beautiful and functional with your own hands is very rewarding.
To make one paddle, you’ll need:
- Drill and bit for alignment pins - Several C-clamps - Wood rasp - Electric sander - Band saw
hardwood, Two pieces of 4x48x½ inches 8x60x¼ One piece of cedar, inches, or cedar strips like those used in building a cedarstrip canoe resin 1 pound of epoxy fiberglass ½ yard of 6-ounce cloth alignment Two wooden dowel pins (approximately 2 inches long) - 16 inches of 1⁄8-inch
nylon rope - Sandpaper - Paintbrushes - Marine varnish