Step 1 - Cut the Strips

Cedar is typically used for building Stand Up Paddles because it’s easy to find, it’s inexpensive, it’s lightweight and it’s naturally rot-resistant.  All of these characteristics make it an ideal choice to build a Stand Up Paddle.  Bass is an alternative that is also commonly used to build a Stand Up Paddle.  Really, any wood that is available to you will do, but you want to be careful not to use species’ that will make your paddle too heavy.

To build one Stand Up Paddle, you’ll want to buy two 8 foot cedar boards of contrasting colors that are free of knots, straight and measure at lease 1” x 2”.  (WOOD MUST BE FREE OF KNOTS! If you have any knots in the shaft - even small tight ones - strength will be compromised and the shaft will eventually break!)  You may have to pick through the pile to find boards that are free of knots, but with some patients, you should be able to find what you need.  The combination of dark and light boards makes for a really good looking paddle.  The wood that you’ll need can usually be found at Lowe's or Home Depot.  If not, it’s usually just as cheap to buy from a local lumber supplier.

Wood Strips Used to Build a Stand Up Paddle

Now that you have your wood, set up the table saw to rip it into three strips that will be laminated together in Step 2 to make the handle, shaft, and the majority of the blade.  You’ll need to rip one (1) strip that measures 8’ x 1 5/8” x 3/4” and two (2) strips that measure 8’ x 1 5/8” x 1/4”. 

Save the off cuts.  You’ll use them later to make the blade.

That’s it for Step 1.

Now on to Step 2 - Laminate the Shaft.

© Gary Mastry II 2013