Water activities like canoeing are very common around summer. The hot sun of summer along with the best skateboard wheels makes it possible to enjoy activities that would otherwise be impossible or boring during other seasons.
Summer canoeing in the rivers or lakes can be a ton of fun with the right company. However, you may not have any fun if you just ride along with your friends without actually rowing the boat. Such adventures may usually require you to bring your own paddle.
New canoe paddles are ridiculously expensive if you buy them from the sports store. However, believe it or not, you can make your own canoe paddle from old skateboard parts.
Here are nine simple steps to allow you to transform those old skateboard parts into an incredible canoe paddle.
Things You Need:
You will need a paddle template, epoxy and wood glue, clamps, plywood boards, and an old skateboard. A paddle template can be obtained by simply printing the paddle shape on your home computer.
Step 1- Remove the grip tape that surrounds and covers the board.
Depending on the model and type of old skateboard you use, you may require a hairdryer, blower, or a sharp knife to do this.
Skim the sticky grip tape off the top and bottom of the skateboard to reveal the skateboard woods. Remember, we are interested in the woody skateboard parts.
Step 2- Cut the wooden boards into 2″ by 3″ shapes.
Using rulers and a saw, cut the skateboard parts into 2″ by 3″ shapes. Concentrate on maximizing the number of pieces by calculating a design cut that would yield most pieces.
Step 3- Glue up the wood pieces in a jig for 24 hours.
Use clamps to hold the wood pieces together as you glue them up. Combine wood pieces in a manner that forms large rectangular board pieces. Leave the clamped pieces in the jig for at least 24 hours.
Step 4- Pull out of the jig.
The next step is to pull the rectangular blocks from the jig. Test the strength of the blocks by gently hitting them on a wall. IF pieces fall off, then consider soaking them in the jig for another 24 hours.
Step 5- Table saw the rectangular blocks and then add splines along the width grains.
Table saw the rectangular blocks to shape out the edges. Also, cut out the plywood boards to pieces that can fit with the splines on the blocks. Use the paddle template to do this.
Step 6- Glue the pieces and plywood together
Glue the pieces together in a canoe paddle shape and hold with clamps. Wait for 12 hours and then proceed to the next step.
Step 7- Cut the edges and shape the paddle.
A canoe paddle needs to have smooth edges. Cut out the rough edges to properly shape the paddle.
Step 8- Plane and saw it to a flat like a spoon shape.
Smoothen the edges and planes using a hand plane. Make sure your planes are even and smooth. Attach a handle at the bottom of the paddle—screw in the handle in a tight way to secure its movement.
Step 9- Paint the canoe paddle as so desired and finish.
Paint the paddle surfaces with paint or wood paint. Skateboard parts are excellent to recycle and reuse in the making of canoe paddles for the activity or just for the art. Do not waste your money on expensive store canoe paddles while you can make one using old skateboards.
You don’t have to shell out a lot of money for a canoe paddle – you can make one on your own using old skateboard parts and the aforementioned tutorial.