Bob Beeman, a member of our Regatta Service and Oar Manufacturing team, demonstrates how to remove an old blade from an oar shaft.
- Propane torch
- Draw knife or other strong knife
- Heat blade to soften blade and glue
- Use knife to cut away part of softened blade
- Pull blade off
- Clean up glue on shaft
- Heat the blade as follows:
- Apply heat to the blade where the shaft comes into the blade for approximately three minutes. Keep the flame moving evenly.
- If blade starts to blister or burn, move the flame to another spot.
- Rotate the blade to heat the front and back evenly. Applying even heat is the most important step in removing a blade.
- Remove blade material:
- Use a draw knife (or any strong knife blade) to cut away a strip of the blade material to expose the shaft as shown.
- Continue to remove blade material with the knife until the shaft is exposed as shown. Take care not to go so deep that you damage the oar shaft.
- Pry blade:
- With a strong knife, pry the blade material away from the shaft.
- Continue prying until the blade can be easily removed from the shaft.
- Remove shaft: Twist and pull the blade to remove it from the shaft.
- Clean shaft: Immediately after removing the blade, clean any remaining glue from the oar shaft with a knife. Sand the shaft if necessary.