Then, shaping time.
I decided for this model 5'8" x 22" because of the airport
luggage restrictions. The size of the luggage may not exceed 1,50 meter l+w+h
that is 5'
so a board of 0,75 l + 0,55 w + 0,15 (6") thickness (2 board pieces
stacked) would just be possible. I don't expect enormous waves during my
hollidays so I decided for volume. this is why I went with the biscuit shape.
low rocker 2,5" and 1,5" tail.
I also made small wooden nose and tailblock that I glued between the
stringers, and also 4 extra pieces on the corners of the halves. This was
done to protect the board during traveling.
shaping is a bit hard with all the wood in the
After shaping the blank I decided it was time to cut the thing in half. I glassed the 2 parts separately. If I should make a collapsible again I wouldn't do this again. It would be a lot easier to cut a piece out of the foam on the cutting line. then glue in a piece of hardfoam or wood. than glass the board and cut it in half in the middle of this hardfoam/wood, after glassing. that way the sides of the halves would be watertight and easier to finish. but okee hadn't figured that out yet.
the two halves are taped and ready for glassing
you can see the little nose and tailblock here
Here are the two parts after laminating. I tried to make the resin swirl pattern as if it was laminated in one piece, but i dindn't really succeed. looks reasonable though.I glassed it 2 layers on the bottom, then cutlap the deck panel 2 layers. I finished with one layer freelapping.
Then it was time to laminate the sides. I used heavy glass 2 layers for this. Pretty hairy to glass the hole for the connecting piece.
later I had to make the connecting piece smaller on the bandsander to make it fit.
After laminating, fillcoat, sanding and glosscoat. I never polish the epoxy glosscoat but try to do it in an dustfree environment so I only locally sand away the bugs and flies
hi cocko, it looks like you have made a really good job , i don/t know if its me but from the pics i can/t se how the board is bolted together , can you explain how it is held together firmley , thank , pete
After glassing I also did some resin pinlines, and covered the sides af the halves and the brims with dark resin to hide all colour imperfections.
Then of course fin and leashplugs and very important 4 plugs on the inside of the halves. 2 with a small hole and two with a stainless pin for perfect alignement.
All a tremendous amount of work which could have been less if the board was cut on a later moment in time.
"and very important 4 plugs on the inside of the halves. 2 with a small hole and two with a stainless pin for perfect alignement."
Do you have a picture (or can you take one) of this? I'm having a hard time figuring out how this would look.
Thanks! nice build thread.
did you recieve permission to use the lightning bolts?
kensurf wrote: did you recieve permission to use the lightning bolts?
not really, but it is the best way to make a board look fast! ...do you think the cleaners are gonna find me here in Utrecht?
Tomorrow I wil post some pictures of the connecting system and the alignment pins. i have to make a better picture first.