Well guys, here it is. After lurking here for a long time and shaping my first board in secret, i’m finally ready to post! My first board didn’t come out that hot. I just wanted to make it through the process and see what it took to do it right. This one I’m trying to get right.
First thing, the buckets are filled with sand. Not working that hot. They gradually get looser and looser while I’m shaping. I guess I’m going to have to go with cement.
This is also the first time I’ve used a planer. My initial plan was to use it to skin the blank but DAMN! It’s sooo much easier to keep every thing even I just kept going and did the rails to. Worked great!! So much better than a sureform.
I was nervous at first but after seeing the results, it got easier and easier as my confidence built up. I wouldn’t have even tried if it hadn’t been for the encouragement from you guys. Big thanks to all the guys on swaylocks!
The kicker was when i asked a local shaper about the benefits of a skil 100/ clark planer over my cheap ass Chicago electric. He responded with a confused look on his face “Dude, your just mowing foam.” Every time I got a little sketched out I would say “Dude, your just mowing foam.”
I should start the glassing tomorrow. I’m going for a dark green resin with cut laps. Maybe a deck patch and one for the fins. Not sure. First I have to settle on a logo.
I’m finally done. My girlfriend is happier than I am. She gets to park in the garage again.
This whole thing has given my a WHOLE new level of respect for the guys who can lay down those beautiful tint and gloss jobs. It’s by far the hardest part of shaping a master piece IMHO. I didn’t even come close to getting the color even
Anyway, It’s 6’ 2" X 15 3/4"N X 20 3/4"M X 15 5/8"T X 2 7/16" . Glassed on fins. I’ve only surfed it once in thigh high wind chop but It was fast and drivey. I wish it were an 1/8th thicker but I didn’t have a choice after dinging my blank with a 2X4.