Step 7: 24 grit Carbide disc

Porter Cable makes a really great carbide chip abrasive disk for $7. Really great for carving wood.
Dangerous! Great for carving human flesh also, so be careful.
It also flings crap in all directions and will fill your lungs with dust. War all your safety gear.
They tell you to only use it with their backing plate, but it seems to work fine with a regular stiff backing pad from a disk sander.
Wear safety glasses and dust mask. Clamp and shape the blades. Smooth out all the marks from the planer. Round the corners of the handle. I like to leave my handles mostly rectangular like a hockey stick.

Switch to a finer grit sanding disk and smooth out the gouges from the carbide chip wheel.
Hand sand with finer grits of sandpaper until you're satisfied with the finish. Use epoxy mixed with wood dust to fill any cracks or glue back any chips that broke off during shaping. Finish the paddle with linseed oil, varnish, or whatever you prefer. Some people leave the part your hands will grip unfinished.

I like linseed oil because I can soak it in, wipe it dry, and

Go paddling!

  More paddle and oar making projects:
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you should change that to inuit because eskimo and indian are kind offensive to some people
I do not find being called and Eskimo offensive, That's who I am.
inuit is a different tribe
really? <br>
No, Inuit and Eskimo are one and the same. . Inuitt means more or less &quot;The People&quot;. Eskimo is an Algonquin word meaning &quot;Eater of Flesh&quot;
Nice !! Will it take really one and half hours !!
Tim, <br> I made my paddle even simpler, but it still works quite well. <br> I'm tall and broad shouldered so i wanted a 90&quot; paddle. I <br> cut 2 28&quot; blades from a 5&quot; wide strip of scrap 3/8&quot; plywood. <br> I had an old seasoned 75&quot; doug fir 2x2 which i back cut 21&quot;, 3/8&quot; <br> deep. on the side opposite the back cuts i tapered the ends to 3/4&quot;. <br> i drew a midline thru the blades and handle. With a couple squeezes <br> of construction glue, I snugged the blades into the back cuts and <br> aligned the mid lines and zapped in 3 1 1/4&quot; drywall screws. With <br> a rasp I rounded off the 2x2 at my grip locations, slopped on some <br> spar varnish, and was good to go. <br> <br> (Note: blades are 5&quot; wide at the end tapering to 2 1/2&quot; where they butt <br> to the back cut, corners rounded off. This paddle is lighter, and far <br> less work to use than my $125 Mohawk whitewater paddle.)
what about using a 2x6 for a wider paddle blade? and, is the preferred style of paddling any different from using a wide blade? (e.g. a more vertical paddle for deeper strokes)
These are fun to build, and fantastic to paddle with, though I am not sure of the &quot;beginner&quot; comment.&nbsp; I modify mine (have built several) by using a 2x6<br /> stock of wood, Have used solid ash, but prefer a laminate of cedar and pine,<br /> with a core 'backbone' of doug fir.&nbsp; Make sure to use marine epoxy to glue the laminates, I buy all my materials at Home Depot.&nbsp; Also, I finish mine with fine sanding, and an acrylic or poly coat. If you are addicted to rolling, these are fantastic to work with.<br /> Thanks for the comments.<br /> Dave, in Florida
I've never seen the carbide disc before. Is it like really long lasting, coarse grit sanding disk, except with a metal backing?&nbsp; Cool.<br /> <br />
It's like metal sandpaper, a steel disc with tungsten carbide chips affixed to it somehow. Probably solder. They sell these discs in 3-packs so they must wear out, but it probably takes a very long time. Watch out for the thin edge, it can cut you fast. They're made for a paint removing machine, probably they clog up before they wear out in that use.<br />
one description says: &quot;Use belt cleaner to clean or soak overnight and reuse&quot;. So for really big jobs you may need several, just like a pro might have several batteries for their cordless tools.<br /> <br /> looks like it comes in 48, 36, and 24 grit. <br /> <br /> http://www.drillspot.com/tag/tungsten-carbide-disc/&nbsp; <br />
How is freehanding with the table saw preferable to the bandsaw?<br />
It isn't usually. But my tablesaw happens to have a very flat &quot;planer&quot; blade in it that cuts fast and I can shave things flat with it.The blade is thick and wastes a lot of wood, so I'd usually use something else unless I start with just enough wood that the kerfs don't cost me a useful piece of wood.<br /> My bandsaws have fine tooth metal cutting blades in them at the moment, and I was too lazy to change them. They cut wood slowly and the damaged blades make the cut a little wiggly.<br />
Very nice, i made one once using nothing but a block plane, three problems with that, it took forever, my wife came home to a living room full of shavings and freaked, and I planed the tip of my finger off.<br />

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