Introduction: Paddle for My Paddleboard

About: I have a youtube channel and a Etsy shop I sell the things i make i also do craft shows and stuff like that. i am documenting my journey to help people do it yourself so steal my ideas and make some money!!

So I am in the long portions of building a paddle board and had some scraps from it and wanted to match this to my board and instead of hoarding them away and loosing them I decided it would be a nice break and i could do a project that I could finish.

So here we go hope you enjoy





fiber glass

sand paper

orbital sander

grinder with sanding head







Step 1: Cut Strips of Scrap Wood

So this step you can make whatever width you want I didn't even measure but if I was to guess it would be around 3/8 inch just make sure you cut all the strips the same width also make sure the but joints are cut at 90. If you see from the picture I have some gaps in the wood this is because I did not follow my instructions and the wood did not join properly. no biggy we are using epoxy and it will fill the voids.

Step 2: Cut Pattern Out

I did a google search for printable paddle design and found this one it was smaller than i wanted so i just added 2 inches all the way around it and it looked correct to me so I went with it.

Step 3: Glue and Joint

so for me I decided to glue up small sections since my jointer can only handle 6 in pieces.

this is my proccess of gluing.

long strip on one side followed by little pieces then add a long piece on the other end this give the clamps 2 complete edege to clamp to and hold the small pieces tight and in place.

once the the glue has dried joint one 2 side so you have a flat surface to put against the table saw then cut just enough to make the edges flat

i did this step 5 times.

Step 4: Clap It Together

Using the template I arranged the pieces to match the template with room to cut off the excess.

Step 5: Trace Out the Design

I used a Sharpie so you could see it in the picture but a pencil would be just fine

Step 6: Cut Out the Paddle

its at this point i am starting to get excited about what i am making i can start to see a real life paddle!

Step 7: Shape the Paddle

Using an angle grinder I shaped the paddle leaving the center thicker than the side I dont know what I am doing but i just made it look the way i think it should.

after I got the general shape i used the orbital sander to clean up the grinder marks i used 60 all the way to 120

It could be a lie or my unwillingness to sand but I heard that the epoxy will bond better at 120. win win in my book

Step 8: Make the Handle

here I glue together strips to make the thickness 1 1/4 on all side I then ran it through the jointer on 2 side then to the table saw to sqaure it all up.

i then ran it thru the router table with the biggest round over bit i had then use the angle grinder to get a cirle shaft clean it up with palm sander.

when runing it through the router leave the top square to allow you yo glue the handle pieces to it.

Step 9: Cut 10 Degree Angle on the Miter Saw

This is an awkward cut to make so if you don't feel comfortable don't do it!! i then glued and clamp the paddle to the shaft using clamps to hold it tight.

Step 10: Sand It

Sanding is fun sanding is fun sanding is fun!! I hate Sanding

Step 11: Epoxy Time

this is one of the best parts of the job watching the color of the wood pop thru!!

I used 4 ounce fiberglass fabric with west system epoxy and its as clear as you can get it!!

Step 12: Sand It and Repeat on the Other Side

Step 13: Sand It and Then Add the Final Layer of Epoxy Down

Step 14: Test It

The paddleboard is still under construction so a pool float had to do! I added a photo of the board instructables coming soon