Yes, its 47 lbs. right now. I had planned to finish and ride it like this, but honestly, I can barely even carry it, its just a bit much for this 62 year old geezer to handle, so unfortunately I'm gonna have to violate that incredible monolith quality, and cut 'er open for some weight loss surgery. Research shows chambered surfboards as early as 1935, so I don't think it violates the period correctness of it, even tho it was never intended as a specific reproduction.
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One down, four to go.
Is there an advantage to cutting the board longwise with just a little hand saw ?
Narrow kerf. I'll use a circular saw down the middle cuz I want to add a stringer there. The little Japanese pull saws work great, minimum effort, as long as you keep the kerf open. Except one area where the grain fought me - amazing how much energy can be stored in an old piece of lumber!
A rare display of courage! Looking good.
SHAPER SINCE 1958
Thnx Bill, no great craftsmanship going on here, but I'm grinding my way through this, haha. 1st chamber I learned a dew things.
My cheap little drill press can only drill halfway, then have to flip it and drill from other side. Same with jig saw blade. Fortunately most of this won't show, only the rip cuts, and I'm hoping they kinda disappear when I put it all back together.
Beware with the jigsaw, Huck. Blade will eventually bend out and you will end up with an irregular thickness; don't ask me how I know. Routing or drilling may take more time but they are much safer.
Thnx I tried several methods and came a little close so I do know now! The drill press not hard but slow going.
I'd be so worried about stuffing a cut.
Can you please post weights of sections before and after chambers?
Well yeah I do worry about that, pretty much with every cut haha, but I bought this expensive blank more for the experience of shaping it than for the finished product. Fear of goofing up made it hard to get started at first. But i finally pushed my fears aside and grabbed my chainsaw and dived in.
And i have plenty of errors and mis steps to this project already, but none that have doomed it yet. Hopefully I'll get thru this with a real live surfboard, but I have no fantasies of perfection!
That was one of the biggest lessons of my museum visit, you can see imperfections in those old wood hand shaped boards, but you can also see the love of the craft, and you can see the human touch.
Wood is naturally imperfect, in the chemically produced machine manufactured sense, so it invites a more "hand hewn" approach, at least that's been my philosophy on this. Meaning I'm giving myself pemission for stuff ups as long as they're fixable!