This Instructable will show how to reclaim an old and tired wood canoe paddle and re-purpose it into a beautiful piece of home decor. An amazing Wood Canoe Paddle Hat Rack.
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Purchased 4 paddles at a garage sale for $1 each. The varnish finish was pretty much gone, and a couple paddles were cracked, but I figured I could get some use from them.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- The paddle is just a standard wood paddle. When I first got the paddles there was some mold and mildew starting to take them over from being stored in a damp place, so I hit them with some anti mold and mildew solution and a little sandpaper.
- Propane Torch: Used to slightly burn the surface of the paddle to give it an older antique look.
- Wood Burning Iron: used to personalize the paddle
- Sandpaper: Use a 150-200 grit paper to sand out the torch marks.
- Tack Cloth: Use to get the sanding dust off before finish coating.
- Polycrylic Protective Finish: Clear satin finish coat.
- Decorative Hooks
Step 2: Torch the Wood
- Torch your wood paddle by running the torch past the wood creating a random pattern that appeals to you.
- For a lighter effect, keep the torch 4-6 inches away from the wood.
- For a darker effect, 2-4 inches away from wood.
- Don't let the paddle catch fire! You just want to scorch the wood to give it some aged character.
- Use a 150-200 grit sandpaper to soften the torch patches.
- Repeat the process with torch and sand paper as you desire until you get the style you want.
- Give the entire paddle a good sanding.
- Use a combination of air compressor and tack cloth to remove sanding dust.
Step 3: Personalize the Hat Rack
Plan your hook placement with any wood burned artwork.
If you have a wood burning iron handy, now would be a good time to personalize your paddle. I've pixelated our family name from the image. See the top right where there is space for any wood burned artwork.
Step 4: Finish Coat
Use your favorite stain and/or clear coat on the paddle to give the finish you desire. After torching and scorching, I thought a satin clear coat would be just fine.
I applied 4 coats to this paddle, as I am still not sure if it will be used indoors or outdoors.
Step 5: Add Your Hooks
Found these hooks on Ebay maybe 10 years ago and had a few laying around. Needed more to do a paddle for a friend. They were hard to find, but finally found them at a Menard's about an hour from my home.
Step 6: Complete!
Now just need to figure out where to mount it.
Strong enough to hold a 7 year old boy! Ha Ha!