(This Paddle Sport Gear Tip applies to Canoe Paddles
without grips glued in)
- Insert the grip into the shaft tube and push
it in firmly.
- Lay a steel measuring tape straight from the bottom of the blade
to the top of the grip. Determine the length you want and add 1/8 inch for the
grip to seat.
- Write down your measurements.
a. Length of uncut paddle,
blade to grip, in inches = _____
b. Desired length of finished paddle. in
inches + 1/8 inch = _____
c. Subtract b from a to get amount you need to cut
off shaft = _____
- Pull the grip back out. Measure down the shaft the distance
you noted in 3 (c). This is the point where you will cut the shaft tube.
some tape (e.g., duct, electrical, masking) around the shaft at the point where
the cut is to be made.
- Cut the shaft using a fine-toothed saw.
- Sand the
inside of the shaft reaching down about 1-2 inches. Taper the inside of the shaft
in a funnel-like fashion, so the shaft is thinnest at the open end.
the sanded material out of the shaft. Push the grip firmly back in and measure
the paddle again.
- If the measurement is correct, pull the grip back out.
the portion of the grip that will be inserted in the shaft with an epoxy glue.
Devcon 5-minute epoxy works well. Insert the grip into the shaft.
- Wipe off
excess glue. Line the grip up with the blade.
- Allow the paddle to dry before
Measuring Tape |
(duct,cellophane, adhesive,masking |
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Glue|| || |
Warning - Always wear dust and eye protection
when working on your paddle. Never rub your fingers across the edges of your paddle.
You could pick up a sliver.