Source for wood t-grips

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Source for wood t-grips

Post by dirk » Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:00 pm

I want to cut down one of my paddles and would need a new tgrip. Any recommendations? Looking for wood and would need all parts of the T. Needs to fit down in a composite shaft.

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Re: Source for wood t-grips

Post by sbroam » Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:43 pm

I actually *extended* a paddle, but similar process. Hardwood dowels from your local hardware store. The way I did it was get one to match the inside diameter of the shaft (conveniently 1" for mine), the biggest dowel I could get for the grip (1.25" I was what I got), and an Forstner bit the same size as the shaft dowel to drill the "socket". the bit will be the most expensive part of the project - borrow one if you won't do this often. The pix are the last ones in this gallery : https://goo.gl/photos/bDQyvRUNZBwXAuJd9" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Source for wood t-grips

Post by Roy » Mon May 01, 2017 1:44 am

I agree that a Forstner bit is the right way to go; however, I have drilled a bunch of t-grips using cheap spade bits. Using spade bits often gives you a pin hole on the top of the grip; I actually like the hole...it lets the glue escape, and I feel I am less likely to get an air pocket than I am without the hole.

I cut a hard maple sapling or limb, and use it for the t-grips. Let it dry in three-foot chunks, and then, cut to length. Backlund sometimes made grips with the center of the growth rings running through the grip, lenthwise. He thought it looked kind of neat. You get that when using limbs or saplings for grip stock.

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Re: Source for wood t-grips

Post by Gwyn » Wed May 03, 2017 9:38 pm

Agreed, forstner bits are the way to go, clamp securely and drill slow. Going all the way through the T is OK, as you can put a wooden wedge in for a stronger join. Picture of some here;
http://shaggydesigns.com/Tgrips.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Source for wood t-grips

Post by dirk » Wed May 03, 2017 9:48 pm

I think I am going to give making my own a try. Except for the bit, which I think I can borrow, looks like a not too expensive project.

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