Okay, I bought a house and Clark went under. Those are my two big reasons for not starting my shaping project yet. Now that there’s foam at the local shop and I’m moved and mostly settled… I’m looking to get going again. My friend and I are especially wary about glassing our own shapes, and so I came up with a project to give glassing a test-run.
I’m shaping a really silly bellyboard out of the remains of my first longboard. It was snapped in half a couple of summers ago. I stripped the glass off, and sawed a blank out of the usable section of foam. I’m pretty limited in my size options, since the original was a bit over 22" wide and not too thick. The usable section I’ve cut is probably just a little bit longer than 24" and narrows considerably on one third (it was narrowing into the tail)…
At any rate, I’m figuring I’ll use it upside-down and backwards… reshaping the original-deck to give it some hull on the bottom, and scooping out the original-bottom of the board to give the thing some concave to lay in. The front is going to have to narrow to maybe 16-18 inches, because that’s what I’ve got to work with, and I figured I’d try to glass on twin keels, to complete the monstrosity.
I really don’t expect much of anything usable out of this project, just some marginal-shaping experience and a test-run glassing cut-laps and fins.
Has anyone done something like this before? Is there any hope of it being any fun? If there’s a chance I could make this into a useable project with a bigger piece of foam, I may look around for other broken boards or even split a small b-quality blank with a friend so we can make two…
At any rate. Let me know if I’m nuts