Carving Canoe Paddles On The Band Saw

Carving Canoe Paddles On The Band Saw

The paddle is an important part of a canoe to make it move on the water. You may wonder that what kind of machine or equipment can carve such a wooden tool. And the answer is that it can be made totally by a band saw. Looking for some woodworking band saw reviews, I discovered an interesting one from a guy named Matthias Wandel who gave his instruction for a wooden paddle made on a band saw. The steps to do this work are not too complicated and difficult to follow.

As this guy mentioned, he participated in a canoe trip and he was attracted by the paddle made from oak. He contemplated it and found out that it could be carved by the band saw and he decided to make one by his own self.

Step 1: Preparation

trace_thicknessHe prepared a real paddle which acted as the sample one for his product. Then he also used a block of wood that its length and width were matched the sample paddle. In addition, in order to create a product with a standard size, he made a quick jig from some block of woods, this jig was right suitable to contain the first block of wood. Finally, he also needed help from the knife, pencil.

Step 3: Formation

Firstly, this guy put the paddle on the block of wood and took the pencil to draw along the paddle, he was trying to get the shape of the sample paddle on his wood. Then he used his band saw to cut the excessive part of the wood.

maxresdefault (1)His jig had the same width and length with the original paddle, however, its depth did not fit. Therefore, he put the paddle into the jig and used the pencil to draw along the faces of that paddle in order to create two parallel lines on two opposite edges of the jig. After finishing drawing, he placed the jig on the band saw and cut the unnecessary part to get the right depth.

Next, he put the wood into his jig and used the pencil to mark the depth of that jig on two sides of the block of wood. Then he placed the wood on the band saw and cut the redundant details. He repeated again and again so that his product could get the most standard size. He skillfully moved his wood and sawed carefully.

After fishing this step, his wood can have the almost shape of a paddle with a small, round handle and flat, thin and large blade.

Step 4: Correction

IMG_9452_1The new wooden paddle was almost done, this guy continued completing it by flatting and smoothing all parts with a spoke shave, both handle and blade.

After that, he used his knife and sander to correct all details of the paddle once again so that his product would be perfect.

Step 5: Final product

After carrying out those step, he already completed his new paddle. All thought he did not mention, it is suggested that you should use some mineral oil to protect your paddle from effects of water as well as keep it more durable.


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