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Paddle bats

Turn a piece of old plywood into a pair of fabulous paddle bats with a little bit of help from Resene.

Resene Toys and Games with Mark Rayner - Project 12

Difficulty level: Moderate

You will need: 4 litre paint tin, 19mm nails, Hammer, Jigsaw, Paintbrush, Pencil, Piece of 6mm plywood, Piece of wood for handles (ours measured 10mm x 33mm), Resene Quick Dry, Resene testpots of Resene Freefall and Resene Irresistible, PVA glue, Ruler, Sandpaper

To get the look: Mark painted the table with Resene Lustacryl tinted to Resene Resolution Blue.

Other ideas: Create larger bats with thicker plywood by tracing round a tennis racquet and finish off with three coats of Resene Aquaclear semi-gloss to enhance the wood grain.

Step 1
Step one
Trace a circle onto the plywood using a pencil and 4 litre paint tin. Trace a second circle, overlapping the first by about 33mm. Use the ruler to draw a handle at the base approximately 33mm wide by 105mm long.
Step 2
Step two
Use the jigsaw to cut out this paddle shape. Repeat steps one and two to create a second paddle.
Step 3
Step three
Measure, mark, and cut four pieces of wood the same size as the paddle handles, as shown.
Step 4
Step four
Smooth any rough edges with sandpaper.
Step 5
Step five
Attach the pieces of wood to the paddle handles, as shown, fixing with PVA glue and 19mm nails. Allow glue to dry.
Step 6
Step six
Apply one coat of Resene Quick Dry to the paddle bats, and allow two hours to dry.
Step 7
Step seven
Apply two coats of Resene Irresistible to one of the paddle bats, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 8
Step eight
Apply two coats of Resene Freefall to the second paddle bat, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.

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