Making Paddles with Jimmy DiResta

YouTube superstar, Jimmy DiResta, is no stranger to “making” things by hand. He would never order a pair of paddles for the canoe he’s building when he can order some fancy, spalted maple and walnut to carve, plane and sand into submission. DiResta is a legend when it comes to being a ‘Maker.” In fact, most makers would concede that Jimmy is in fact, King of the Makers. So when he asked about our epoxies and finishes for the project, we were more than happy to give him a hand. 

Jimmy’s expert videos always show the all of the tools and processes involved with making whatever he’s building. For his canoe paddles, he used our 2:1 High-Performance Epoxy with Medium Hardener to adhere the strips of wood together. After clamping them in his desired pattern, Jimmy shaped them using a bunch of different tools, many of which he confesses to never having used before – like the Spokeshave!

With the paddles nicely shaped at the blade, shaft and handle, Jimmy reaches for TotalBoat Penetrating Epoxy to seal the wood at the very first layer. This thinned epoxy will penetrate into the grain and protect the wood against water damage forever!  He then finishes the paddles off with about 6 coats of TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Varnish.  Gleam is easy to apply, can be overcoated without sanding after an hour (or when tack free) and inside of a 48-hour window. This makes it a great choice for building coats, as you can apply several coats inside of a day, scuff it with ScotchBrite or sandpaper and then apply a topcoat. With excellent UV inhibitors, Gleam will keep Jimmy’s canoe paddles looking great for years.

We love all of Jimmy’s videos and hope to make you a fan, too. His shop in upstate NY is being expanded with a new, massive purpose built shop where he will likely first see him working to complete the canoe. We can’t wait to see the canoe video and hope you’ll subscribe to Jimmy’s channel to be alerted to all of his great builds and videos.

As a community of boatbuilders and makers, it’s exciting to see guys who are normally building tables and cabinets take on building a boat. For sure, the bends and curves, layups and layers of boat building are unlike many other builds.  And watching pros like DiResta tackle a boat build is exciting stuff. Let’s see if we can impart any wisdom on Jimmy in the comments that he might find useful for his first crack at boatbuilding.

 

 

4 responses to “Making Paddles with Jimmy DiResta

  1. I have built a 12 x 4 flat bottom boat with a plywood bottom and 1 x 12 sides.The boat leaks on one side between the bottom and side. I put it together with gorilla glue and 1 1/4 wood screws. I have tried caulk, flex seal, the paint type and spray, even fiberglass putty. Can you tell me how to fix that leak ?

  2. Take the boat out of the water and put it in some sunlight for at least a week. Buy some fiberglass cloth and fiberglass the chine. (where the bottom meets the sides). Be sure to use epoxy resin for your job. It’s not the best fix it should hold for a while. The best fix would be to Glass the inside as well as the outside. Not sure you could do that at this point. Better planning next time!

  3. At least on my computer, this video ran at fast forward the whole time. As such, it was worthless. Is this video supposed to run this way? If so, Jimmy is a joke and of no help whatsoever.

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