I used router table to round over the edges of the "paddles" to make them look a little more authentic. With a jig saw, drill, router and template bit this can be finished in a day.
Step 1: Gather the Materials
What you'll need:
1 - 2' X 4" 1/4" hardboard for the template ~$5.00
4 - 18" long 1" nylon straps Free
2 - 36" hardwood dowels $3.50
6- 36" 1" X 4" (I used "super strips from the Home Depot which are 1-1/16" thick) $2.97 for 8'
7/8" Drill bit (or the same size as your dowels)
Drill (a drill press is best if you can't drill a straight hole to save your life)
Stapler or hammer/tacks
Jig saw (bandsaw, scroll saw)
Template router bit
1/4" Roundover bit
Router (a router table is best)
Wood Glue (use Gorilla glue or something similar for an outdoor kayak stand)
Step 2: Design the Paddles
If you are free handing the template, roughly sketch out the design then trace pots, pans, coffee lids or anything else that is round to smooth the shapes. All of the paddles will look exactly like this one, so don't rush.