Have an outrigger paddle that is too big for you? There is no need to buy a new one, you can just cut it down to size. It is simple and only takes a little bit.
Measure your paddle so you know the size you are starting with. You may think you know what size it is but it is good to check.
Wrap the t-top in a towel using a rubber band. Turn the paddle upside down and and lightly hit it with a hammer. If you have a mallet that would be better because you are less likely to break the t-top.
Cut the paddle shaft to the size you need it to be. If you have a straight shaft it is straight forward. If you have a double bend make sure you cut the shaft perpendicular to the double bend of the paddle. Most are around a 7-10 degree bend, but eyeballing it will be fine. We recommend using the miter box for a straight cut.
Measure a 1/2 inch from the top of the paddle, and draw a line around the shaft of the paddle. You will use that line to know how far to whittle the paddle down. Start at the line you drew and start to shave the shaft down using your knife. As you whittle stop and try to put the t top on the paddle every so often. You can always shave more wood off, but you can't put it back on. Once the paddle is a fairly good fit you can make it a perfect fit by twisting the T top onto the shaft. The wood is nice and soft so it will form to eachother to create a snug fit.
Sand the part you shaved down with a 100 grit or less to give the glue a nice surface area to stick to. Take your glue and pour it right into the handle. Use a cheap paintbrush or chopstick to mix the 2 part epoxy together. Use your paintbrush to also coat the shaft of the t top to make sure everything is covered with glue. Put the t-top on to the paddle. Have your rag ready. Glue will be dripping down the shaft. Take your rag and wipe it off. The epoxy will also cover any scratches from the sand paper and look almost new. Make sure to line the t-top so that it is straight with the paddle face. Put it somewhere safe and let it dry. That's it - you will be set to paddle with it the next day!
To watch any of these steps in action make sure to check out the video above with Al Ching, owner of Mudbrook Paddles. He will walk you step by step through the process.
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