Greetings all, first time poster, longer time lurker here. Over the past few weeks I’ve entered the world of alaia shaping (will post some pics in the next few days when all done), but as a result of the project I’ve had an idea I’d appreciate the advice of Swaylock’s collective genius on.
I’m primarily a kneeboarder and am now thinking about shaping a kneeboard out of two or three paulownia blanks glued together. I’m looking at reasonably traditional dimension and shape – approx 6’ x 23”, with a thickness of either 1.5” (two ¾” paulownia blanks glued together) or 2 ¼” (three blanks).
The first question is what drawbacks/positives would you see in going the 2 ¼” (three blanks) thickness… Would that aid in buoyancy at all?
Secondly, would the best bet for installing fins be to mount FCS plugs or similar, or would you suggest actually gluing the fins in (the fin placement is bit is the part that worries me most).
Finally, do you think the extra thickness of the third blank will give me enough in terms of shaping in a tad of rocker and enough nose lift to make it surf more like a traditional board verses a kneelo alaia?
Thanks in advance