I've been working on a board for my brother's co-worker for about a year now. She gave him a bunch of woodworking tools her late partner had, and I figure the whole bunch of tools are worth about $5K. In return I wanted to make her a surfboard even though she doesn't surf and plans to move back to Arizona where she has a farm.
I wanted to try to do something similar to a Haleiwa Surfboards wood board, but with a balsa frame. My initial idea was to try to use some of the model airplane balsa I have to make something that ends up like a chambered Balsa board. But as I build out the core, I'm seeing it start to get heavier and with the woods I chose for the fancy skin, it will be too heavy. So, I'm making the core the same way we do our Home Depot compsands. I've taken a few shots of the work I did and started taking more as I got back to working on the board recently.
I do this in multiple posts to have appropriate captions.
First, I decided to make an inner section with bands of Koa and Wiliwili wood surrounded by long bands of koa and wiliwili. I also wanted to make a diamond shape with something special, but I was hoping my brother would do that with a nice scroll saw she gave him.
First step was to draw out an outline and design for the wood. I drew up an old school single fin style from the 70's on a piece of heavy paper. Initially, I was going to make it with about a 4 inch wide square, but I left options for making the tail different. I also drew the diamond design then started laying out bands for the alternating wood pieces.