Making a paddle board for kids isn’t easy. However, if you have some DIY skills and the right tools, you can make one without spending a fortune in the process. This article takes a closer look at your available options to build such a paddle board for your children.
First of all, you’ll need the right materials to make the paddle board. You can use wood, foam, rubber or a combination of materials with good buoyancy. You’ll also need a strong, water-resistant adhesive to stick the different parts of your board together. Next, you have to worry about the tools required to tackle this job of building a paddle board for kids by yourself. Make sure you have at least a rocker table, a trowel, a wood rasp and a sander.
If you intend to use wood for your SUP board, you’ll need to know how to calculate the right shape and size and how to work your wood plank to take this shape. While a carpenter would find this an easy job, you may have to spend a while trying to get it right. The good thing is that wood isn’t too expensive, so you’ll be able to start over again, should anything go wrong with your project. Starting over isn’t as bad as it seems, as things are surely going to go better the second time.
If you want to carve your board from foam, you’ll need to know how to work this kind of material. It isn’t too difficult, provided that you do have some skills and a good 3D vision.
Either way, you should have a very good understanding of the physics of building a paddle board. The alternative is to find somewhere a ready-made project of your board. You can search for this type of project on Instructables or on Pinterest. Both websites are full of such creative resources, and they are also free to use. Even so, you’ll have to be able to follow the project closely, in order to build a beautiful and functional paddle board.
Your first and foremost focus should be on shaping it the right way. If you don’t have a project, you can trace another paddle board. Once you’re done with crafting the board, you’ll need to find a way to laminate it. Since the board will be in contact with water, you have to seal it as well as possible. You can apply self-hardening resin. However, keep in mind that this can be a very difficult thing to do. Polyurethane is probably better because it is very easy to apply, and you can always smooth it after it cures. Before applying your sealant, make sure that the surface of the board is very clean. Applying this final coating over dust and debris will create a huge mess that’s going to be impossible to fix. It’s much better to make sure you start with a very clean board.