Thanks to some questions about yesterday’s post, we have a post for today
How long and wide is the business end of the Teacher’s paddle? Also, do you hand sand the edges after you make the cuts?
It’s 7 x 2.5 inches. I round off the edges with a router and then hand sand finishing with 400 grit.
They look lovely Bogey. How long did it take you to make them and where did you get the wood? Did you use a pattern to shape them?
A paddle takes a few hours total spread out over two or three days to allow the polyurethane to dry between coats. Cutting the paddle out and routing it only takes maybe 30 minutes.
I have used wood picked up from construction sites to buying it at hardware stores. The birch came from Lowe’s. They sell small pieces for small projects.
I made a paper pattern for this paddle. I finally got the size and weight right after several failures. It’s 98% sting.
I just cut and test until I get it right. The testing is fun!
Do you ever have problems with bruising from these paddles? Seems like they would be pretty heavy on bare skin and leave bruises . .
Our experience with bruising has a LOT more to do with the spankee than the paddle. Some people bruise very easily. The teacher’s paddle is light and stingy and I cannot recall anyone being bruised with it. Tho I can think of one lass that bruises being shown a paddle.
PS. The paddle was out of the drawer yesterday and today!