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Q:   How thick should I cut the laminate strips?
A:  First of all, it is my experience that combining several thin strips into a thicker strip, aka the shaft, creates a stronger and stiffer piece of wood relative to a shaft that is one non-laminated piece. To me, there are two reasons for this. The adhesive, whether glue or epoxy penetrates, an admittedly small distance, into the surfaces of both laminates and creates the bond. The second reason is there are no ‘secrets’. With wood strips, you can see knots and other structural weaknesses, and not use them, or at least stagger them so that no two weak areas are in line with each other. With a one piece shaft, you never really quite know what is present in the unseen internal mass of the shaft.

oh and I like using quarter inch thick pieces for bent and straight shaft paddles and 3/16ths thick shaft strips for double bend paddles.

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