You won't get flack from me. I totally agree. 4oz. Is good. The only reason you would use six is for aesthetics. To explain; You might want that old school look wherein the Weave of the cloth is visible. In that case you'd be looking at 6 bottom, 6/4 deck. If you were really after that old school look you could make it Volan. Otherwise for functionality 4oz is the ticker.
I was a bit late to the show but what a job you have done. Really incredible
Don't think I could warrant a big wood board for my local breaks but I'm feeling inspired to do some thing smaller!
I think it's time to talk about what kind of equipment you're going to need to get that beast to the beach. You know, weight capacity, horsepower, etc.
all the best
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@McDing I'm glad to know that, cuz glassing with epoxy over any dark color you run the risk of weave showing. So I'm not gonna stress about it now :-)
@GregTate see pic below
@BilyCVS thank you
I tried Thraikill's trick of wetting with boiling water before final sanding.
That's looking stunning!
Huck, I don't know the exact look you're going for in terms of glassing but in addition to McDing's suggestion, you might also consider using s-cloth if you want that vintage, somewhat visible fiberglass look. I did that on a board for my brother, getting a bit of extra strength out of the 4oz s-cloth, and a neat look to go with it. It just doesn't seem to wet out as transparently as standard weaves.
Stoked to be following this. Enjoy.
That's also a possibility.
OK. I had it sealed, but then I got to thinking about it, and I sanded it down again. It happened when I was explaining to someone "whats so special about that wood".
And as I was telling them about "old growth", how it came from a forest not a tree farm, and how you can't get it anymore, and how rare a piece that big is with no knots whatsoever, and what vertical grain is and why its the strongest and most stable and most beautiful, and it dawned on me I needed to spend a little more time on it, with a deeper appreciation of the wood itself.
It really is a remarkable piece of lumber. So I had been thinking about shaping, and how much harder wood is than foam to shape, but then I shifted to being completely grateful to work with such a beautiful rare piece of wood. And I sanded and sanded, 60 grit, 80 grit, 100, 180, 220, and that grain really began to shine. I got rid of all the little scratches and finishing flaws I just blew by before.
Plus, it gave me the chance to make a few tweaks. A little more V in the tail, just a hair more belly in the nose, and little more work on the rails, a little more work thinning out the foil. So I am much happier with it now. And the weight went down to 23 lbs.
But its sealed now, and ready to glass.
So I have some decisions, and I invite any feedback: Leash loop, do you like it? I know its not "period correct" - there is no period correct leash loop for the wood board era, and I never set out to be 100% tied to a time period. But I did want something appropriate to the board.
Fin: I shaped a fin from the same wood as the board, but it looks foggy with weave showing (epoxy over dark color sometimes does that). It looks a little worse in the pic because it has been sanded, but it really does show the weave. Should I just leave it, sand it down to the wood and try again, or just buy a cool wood fin? Glass on or fin box? I hate to put a fin box in, but it sure is handy being able to take the fin out - even if it ends up a wall hanger, a removable fin is nice. If I go with a glass on fin, I am thinking of mortising my fin in, for strength & less gusset, any thoughts on that?
The board looks great as just all wood, but some of the old boards did have some cool artwork or lettering.
Also, thinking of a name for it that will reflect its purpose: to honor the great old wood boards and wood board shapers that are our heritage.
Anyway, thats all for now.
Amazing build Huck. So nice!!!!!!!
Great job Huck , I vote for a removable fin , and in my humble opinion the fin should the light color wood , but what ever you choose it will be spectacular , aloha T .