I have two wooden paddle repair questions:
1. My old Redtall cherry beavertail paddle has a one and a half inch vertical crack at the tip. What's the best way to fix it? Epoxy, fiberglass, wood filler and varnish?
2. The varnish is worn from the shaft of my Harmony Vapor paddle where I pry off the gunwale while J stroking (hey, Bill Mason says it's OK to do). Can I just sand and revarnish the worn area, or should I refinish the whole shaft?
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Posted by: tktoo on Mar-23-09 8:57 AM (EST)
the crack, it needs a structural repair, ie. thickened epoxy filler and glassing the blade. If the crack is tight at the tip without clamping, you can probably get away with Titebond TypeIII and a re-varnish. If you don't keep up with maintaining the tip of a one-piece wood paddle, the end will start to absorb more and more water into its fibers and when it shrinks as it dries between wettings, it loses some of its bond between those fibers, eventually resulting in a "sprung" crack.
Posted by: old_user on Mar-23-09 9:01 AM (EST)
Posted by: ret603 on Mar-23-09 9:38 AM (EST)
Both posts above have excellent advice and just about cover the subject.
Posted by: jefallon on Mar-23-09 1:58 PM (EST)
Exactly the information I needed.