Step 2 - Laminate the Shaft

In this step you’ll laminate the strips that you prepared in Step 1.  Laminating the shaft with three strips of wood, instead for using a single, solid piece of wood may seem like more work but gluing up laminations makes for a stronger and more attractive Stand Up Paddle.

Arrange the three strips that you ripped in the last step so the wider strip (3/4”) is positioned between the two narrower strips (1/4”).  They will be glued together with the 1 5/8” sides contacting each other.  I use Gorilla Glue for this task, but epoxy or waterproof wood glue would probably do the job just fine.  Clamp the boards about every six inches until the glue has cured.

It’s important to note that you’ll want to laminate the boards against a straightedge.  Having a straight shaft with no bend in any direction is critical to building a Stand Up Paddle that preforms properly.  This can be achieved by gluing and clamping the shaft on the edge of your workbench or other flat surface.  Make sure that the edge of your board lines up with the edge of your bench or straightedge and you’ll be fine.  Place a barrier between the boards and your bench so you don’t glue the two together.  Packing tape, wax paper or a plastic drop cloth both work well.

Leave it for a few hours to dry.

Now move on to Step 3 - Making the Shaft and Handle

© Gary Mastry II 2013