wow 22.75" that pretty wide…
Wider than most 9’0"s longboards ridden here, but then again you are in texas…
How do you fit all this board building in with your school and stuff?
I mean my mon-fridays are completely shot with work and commuting unless I want to stay up late and pay for it the next day. Also I’m sure my neighbors wouldn’t want to listen to power tools going off late into the night. Kind of ruins the American Idol experience if you know what I mean…
Weekends are also tight keeping the house/yard in order…
Free Time always seems to be the forgotton gem…
Anyway I’m using different sizes of the Lis template from the Surfboard Design book.
I’m also going to use my custom quads as templates for those…
So far I see it there are 4 basic building variations:
The “Honolulu Method” wood-mat-wood (double foiled)
The “Bert Burger Method” plywood+ropebead+glass (double/single foiled)
1/2" solid hardwood with ropebead+glass (double foiled)
4, 1/4" solid hardwood with ropebead+glass (double/single foiled)
I already have the wood and mat cut for methods 1-3 for Lis-style fish fins. The hard part is building the (future) box tabs which I’m doing with mat extensions and and and add-on build ups with strips of glass to the wood. The other idea is to use a wood post extension on the solids and hammer some sheet metal around the tab then glass over that to the wood. That way the screw down has something solid to push against. I’m with Paul J in using metal versus plastic/resin for the tabs.
Need to pick up some 1/4 for method 4 but this is what I selected to use:
Bubinga outside Maple inside (using black opaque tint on the mat cut 1/4"-1/2" bigger than the wood)
1/4 cheap ply
Padauk and some Curly Koa (plan on lamming thick rope into a groove on the leading edge before profiling the fin)
I think next will be to order some 3/8 sheets of this stuff:
and use method 1. It looks pretty awesome although not as natural…
Seems like you could build a double foil rubber mold and use RichardMc’s technique with some of that mirror epoxy for table tops. Dropping and suspending the wood with a cradle vertically into a mold (after taping togther the top and bottom side of the form).
I’ll keep you posted.
I’ll be out of town in SF next week traveling on business so it may be a while. At least I didn’t have to go to Boston this week with my boss.
Aloha from Ewa