Welcome to "Club Twisted"!
Never be afraid to go outside the box, rather pick it up and smash it to the ground!
Keep it up.
Surfboards made by hand. Not machine.
brothers from another mother , barry ??
Thanks all, for the encouragement.
J - when I was just a kid I had a mean stepdad that used to make me go fishing with him, I've hated it ever since, ha! But that lure sure has a familiar look...
Mike - I could always say its a test in asymetrical flex!
Mattwho - that's a great offer, but I'm thinking of going with a twin-gle-fin setup, aka the thrailkill double, so I would hate to ask for two fins! Leaning toward a "pivot fin" shape - it would be a special challenge to glass on the fins, so I may go fin box, but really leaning toward trying to figure a way to glass on twin-gle fins.
BTW sways member Balsa did a curved stringer like that, turns out it was really just a strip that was routed into the surface, I'm thinking that's probably what they did in those pics too? Nothing new under the sun, so no claims to being first here, just doing my thing, but have never seen a pic of actual asymetric curved wood stringer. Would love to see one 'tho!
Barry I like "Club Twisted", might have to make a logo for that to put on this board!
Cut the blank and glued it back with black resin. I'm sure I didn't do it right, I just cut it open, slathered some epoxy on, and clamped it back. I didn't clean anything up, just left the ragged edge from the cut. Just eyeballed the cut freehand with a handsaw - its wonky in more ways than one! (more than shows in the pic). No worries, wonkiness is allowed on this one.
Got it foiled and roughed out. Emphasis on rough.
My first EPS board, its a lot more work than shaping polyurethane foam, and not nearly as fun! My hat's off to guys who shape this stuff with confidence, it seems hard to finesse like I can poly foam. Is it stronger than poly, or weaker? (I mean in the sense of pressure dings on the deck and fin box strength.)
hate to wreck your tread.
ah, no one home.
So here Buddy!
Your glue lines are excellent.
"Advanced concepts from advanced minds"
Jus' a little bit older than you.
But I think you can remember.
Just a little more classy than TS.
Old Guys Rock, Roll and Rule.
wait for it.
I would rather be someone's shot of whiskey, than everyone's cup of tea.
Haha - wow, 73 yrs young and rockin!! You go Chubby, hope I can still move like that when I'm 73 LOL.
The lines are a bit wonky meaning the curve on top doesn't match the bottom, as the saw wandered a bit. And the glue line looks weird cuz it wasn't a clean line, so its kinda jagged looking. Lesson learned, I just jumped in and did it, I'll probably do it different next time. But it'll be OK, the board turned out better than I thought it would, so far at least (of course thanks to spackle, that is!), cuz that EPS is nasty stuff after shaping poly blanks. At one point I was close to tossing it and saying never again! I will say this, when you're done shaping, if the board looks good, you feel like you really accomplished something.
I was toying with different design ideas using inlay fabric and resin tints, but I think I've settled on just painting the blank and glassing it clear. Probably just go with single box fin too, don't have the energy for my original plan of twin-single glass-ons, maybe another board down the road. Trying to keep it simple on this one.
The EPS feels really light, and I'm not a big fan of light boards, so I'll probably go a bit heavy on glass, I like 'em strong anyway. I picked EPS cuz I wanted a stringerless blank and didn't think I could get it in poly, but didn't think about the weight.
BTW this one is a reproduction of my "magic" board, which is getting older and nearing retirement!
Did a foam stain / seal on the rails - the spackled foam took the stain really uneven. No biggie, I can tint the glass, just have to figure how I want to handle the clean line, not sure if I want to try to do that with a squeegee, or mask off and glass separately.
Put a fabric lam down on the deck and tail (bottom), didn't babysit the tail part like I should have, it got some bubbles which I had to cut open and push some resin into, then weight back down. Seems to be OK now.
You can see my crappy glue-up line, I'll hide that with pin lines.
I'll probably keep saying this, but working with EPS realllly makes me appreciate polyurethane foam!