I'm working on my second Greenland paddle, and that will be my first cedar one. I made a practice one out of white wood. I pretty much had zero wood working experience so I wanted some cheap wood.
It turned out better than expected but I can see that the tips will get chewed up. I know that I can use hardwood as tips so I bought some oak Tightbond 3.
The oak is only 3/4" so I guess I could shim it higher and glue it to the center of ends of the paddle but I'm really wondering what happens when the spokeshave or plane crosses over from the cedar to the oak? My white wood was cheap and had knots and the plane always chattered there. I didn't worry about since it was just a junk paddle but now I'm making the real one and the cedar/oak transition will probably be similar to planning over a knot.
So I thought I could do something like this:
Is that going to making the planning easier? I'm pretty new to wood working, I'm also concerned about cutting the notch into the cedar with some precision. I can put the oak on the mitre saw and get a good clean angled cut, but I'll need to use a hand saw and then I guess files on the inner cut?
I appreciate any advice. Thanks!