Yes, we are lucky, we can get those machines between €400 and €800 depending on quality. You may use it either as a common drill machine or as a mortice-maker with the square chisels (or with the regular bits).
"The tricky part with balsa is that it does not catch light as well as a white blank of foam. Flaws in the curves are much harder to spot. And, of course, as long as you use the planer everything goes fine but when you start using sand-paper, differences in density between the pieces make for bumps and holes very easily...
Not for the faint of heart, for sure, but the end result is still worth it."
Thank you Bill..
I mean it
I would rather be someone's shot of whiskey, than everyone's cup of tea.
Balsa = Guilhem Rainfray of Guéthary Surfboards, not to be confused with Balsa Bill Yerkes of Balsa Bill Surfboards
...but is Bill a nickname for Guilhem??
"...Swaylocks.com, a strange message board filled with a cast of eccentric, underground surfboard builders..." - Slide Magazine
Yes it is. Guilhem is a variant of Guillaume and Guillaume is William in English. But of course I do not even compare with Balsa Bill Yerkes. There is only one Balsa Bill and he was a Swaylock's member before I discovered this site; At the time, I chose "balsa" as a pseudo because I felt it fitted well a middle-aged guy like me: balsa boards are a thing of the past but they are still being made by and for people who really care. I didn't know about Bill Yerkes at the time and I swear that I didn't intend to take advantage of his notoriety.
Oppz, my bad...
Thanks Guilhem !!!
there was a kid ,a new kid in grammer school
who was from latin america.
his name was guilermo.
his nick name became gilly.
my suspicions about guilerme
confirmed, my language base has become greater.
balsa bill build threads are done in a driveway
in front of his lil shop in the sun.
its winter in the south of france
balsa is working inside.
happy season balsa
and merry Christmas just in case.
ambrose M. curry III
Hey Ambrose, good to hear you!
Yeah, working inside with a nice 20°C temperature, thanks to floor heating. It was -2°C outside this morning... Sunny but cold.
Merry Christmas to you too!
Oh, and: "Wilhelm" in German. Comes from "Will" (will) and "Helm" (helmet, protection).
Germanic meaning: Resolute Protector.
SHAPER SINCE 1958
ja wol mein compadres.
y feliz navidad
where's the date
on the draw knoife
I got one that's old
how old is it johnny?
Sorry for the delay, folks, many other things kept me busy for a while; besides, the glueing process is long and tedious and I was not going to post photos of each step; here are the very last ones: