Charles Schelin
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I am looking for a light wood to make oars.
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I have made several sets of oars using fir. Usually they are heavier than I would like. Once I used basswood which is marginally lighter. Has anyone tried cedar?  Usually I split a 2x4 and laminate…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Z Oct 30.

 

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Dave Z replied to Charles Schelin's discussion I am looking for a light wood to make oars.
"Consider Sassafrass.  Light, very nice flex."
Oct 30
Warren Gibbs replied to Charles Schelin's discussion I am looking for a light wood to make oars.
"I made a set of spoon oars using sitka spruce and put some cherry on the blades. Got the plans from an old article in wooden boat. "
Sep 10
Shawn Baker replied to Charles Schelin's discussion I am looking for a light wood to make oars.
"Here's a great tutorial, but it baffles me the author used yellow polypro.  hahahttp://shoelessmusings.blogspot.com/2013/10/serving-you-perfect-oar-wrap.htmlInner/outer turks head for bulk makes sense, thanks. Mine just got a water-based…"
Sep 5
JC Smith replied to Charles Schelin's discussion I am looking for a light wood to make oars.
Sep 5
JC Smith replied to Charles Schelin's discussion I am looking for a light wood to make oars.
"Shawn, to get bulk I tied one turks head with light cord, then a larger one over the top using parachute cord. How many leads and bights? I have no idea. I painted the final product with epoxy thinned with denatured alcohol. So far those knots are…"
Sep 5
Shawn Baker replied to Charles Schelin's discussion I am looking for a light wood to make oars.
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Sep 5
Shawn Baker replied to Charles Schelin's discussion I am looking for a light wood to make oars.
"Do you love the turks head oar stops?  I was thinking of the same for mine.  The plastic ones are so noisy and don't fit the soul of a wooden oar!!Did you do a TH over a core?  I was thinking like 8 lead, 5 bight with the same…"
Sep 5
Ants Uiga replied to Charles Schelin's discussion I am looking for a light wood to make oars.
"This thread has wonderful information.  I add information to personal library as I find it.  Now, I have some designs for longer oars.   If Brad gets around to another oar shaping class, I am ready with a set of constant diameter…"
Sep 1
JC Smith replied to Charles Schelin's discussion I am looking for a light wood to make oars.
"My oars are 2 inches under the wraps tapering down to 1 3/4 at the transition to the blades. I will take them down a good deal and probably not wrap so far down the shaft the second time. Will hurt to cut through my turks head oar stops."
Aug 29
Shawn Baker replied to Charles Schelin's discussion I am looking for a light wood to make oars.
"Interesting that you used tulip poplar.  It's a very resilient wood.  Hadn't heard of using it for oars, but that makes sense.  What is your current shaft dimension?  My old ones were 1.75" round, and I tapered…"
Aug 28
JC Smith replied to Charles Schelin's discussion I am looking for a light wood to make oars.
"Thanks Shawn. They are tapered. The whole oar project was easier than I thought it would be. A home made spar gauge was key to that. This winter I will take the wraps and oar stops off, take 1/16 inch in radius off the shafts and taper the…"
Aug 28
Shawn Baker replied to Charles Schelin's discussion I am looking for a light wood to make oars.
"I have to agree with Ants. Use what is locally available to you.  If you MUST go for something high-end, then order sitka spruce, Port Orford cedar, or Alaska Yellow cedar. I've built 16 oars now, all fir.  The ones that felt heavy…"
Aug 28
Charles Schelin posted a status
"I decided to try spruce.I found some at Home Depot and with draw knife, spoke shave and sandpaper made a nice light pair. Thanks to all."
Aug 25
Ants Uiga replied to Charles Schelin's discussion I am looking for a light wood to make oars.
"The wood choices are pretty broad, but supply is usually the problem. Sitka spruce is a prime choice, but not as easy to find.  When I was at Edensaw woods, there was clear grain wood in Sitka spruce as well as western red cedar.  The…"
Aug 24
JC Smith replied to Charles Schelin's discussion I am looking for a light wood to make oars.
Aug 22
JC Smith replied to Charles Schelin's discussion I am looking for a light wood to make oars.
"I used yellow popular aka tulip popular. Available in the east and midwest. Commonly used to make moulding, window casing etc. Engineering properties as I recall are similar to aitka. Straight grain, no knots easy to work. Got the idea from a friend…"
Aug 21

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After retirement I built 4 wooden boats.
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4 canoes, 2 wooden that I built.

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