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How to Size an uncut Canoe Paddle
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 (This Paddle Sport Gear Tip applies to Canoe Paddles without grips glued in)

  1. Insert the grip into the shaft tube and push it in firmly.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 = _____
  4. 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.
  5. Wrap some tape (e.g., duct, electrical, masking) around the shaft at the point where the cut is to be made.
  6. Cut the shaft using a fine-toothed saw.
  7. 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.
  8. Clean the sanded material out of the shaft. Push the grip firmly back in and measure the paddle again.
  9. If the measurement is correct, pull the grip back out.
  10. Cover 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.
  11. Wipe off excess glue. Line the grip up with the blade.
  12. Allow the paddle to dry before using it.
Dust Protection
Eye Protection
Steel Measuring Tape
Tape (duct,cellophane, adhesive,masking
 Cutting Implement
 Epoxy 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.

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