A serious operation.
some old ,some new ones. my home made quiver.
cold water, warm heart
My latest, too much time in the sun..8'8" HULLYGULLY RS tail..
Thought I'd poke my head above parapet and share this project. Man oh man... I learned sooooooo much doing it.
Found a hacked -up board by the side of road, put out on a rubbish pile. I jumped out of car and dragged it home. My first thought was "Ha ha, I'll throw some cheap hardware store fibreglass on it and go get munched in the shorebreak to improve my surfing. If it gets smashed up who cares!"
Then as I cleaned it up I started getting IDEAS and planning more tender things.
I guess it was someone else's abandoned mini Simmons project, so I kinda finished it off. First time shaping, and yeah it was only the nose and tail, but it felt so good I want to do proper full boards now. I've got Da Bug.
The paint job (watered down acrylic on the foam / sharpie) was meant to be 'cartoon wood' but it went a bit 'Tiger skin'. All the more hilarious.
I think I'll move the fins up a bit when I work up the courage. It WAS a 6'6", now a 4' 5". Not sure the moon tail was a good idea practically, but felt good to make.
Thanks for all your archived help!!! I lurked and absorbed like a son-of-a-gun.
Brilliant good story.
All the best
Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught. - Winston Churchill
A 6'2 x 20 3/4 x 2 7/8.
Inspired by different boards, from Mandala for the arc tail, to Campbell for the bonzerish bottom and Mini Simmon for the S-deck and outline.
Nice. How did you do the pinlines.?
With gloss resin and black pigment after sanding the hotcoat.
I had some bleeding here and there but cleaned them up with the razor blade + sand paper trick :).
2 news boards made from a 4' x 4' x 13" block of EPS foam. I was able to get 3 boards from that block. Trying different rockers and shapes. If these ride well, I can make copies using a full size slab blank. One is 7'3" x 21.5 x 2.5 single fin using a rocker template Bill Thraikill gave me. His rocker has a flatter middle section compared to what I have been riding for a while. Second board is 5'9" x 21.75" x 2.75" and I copied the rocker from my Griffen 5 fin mod fish. Like the 7'3" this board has a flatter rocker as well.
The crazy color is just a simple way of hiding the foam and wood supports for the fins.
I made the small board using a fin layout similar to McKee's but also like Alexander's Gemini. Everyone around is getting these retro keel fish boards, so I threw in a set of small keels I made and little stabilizers. See how this feels and change to a traditional set of quads if I don't like it.
Just finished board #5 - it's meant to be an all around grovely shortboard for NJ waves that makes catching/surfing waves a little easier. I started with 6'2" MF blank I picked up off craigslist last year. The low rocker was a challenge but I was able to squeak the nose up to 4-1/2" from 3-3/4". Board is 6-2 x 2-5/8 x 20-1/2. First time shaping with proper side lights - what a huge difference!! It was my first attempt at a foam stain - I'm pretty happy with how it came out but there are two spots where the paint puddled, I got impatient, pulled a second time to try to reduce dry time and ended up with brown streaks. All good though - I still like it. Also my first time using Behr low lustre (after sanding the hotcoat down to 400). It's nice and easy but I feel like a gloss coat would have been better. The last picture is before sealer coat - you can see plenty of weave. The sealer coat took care of that easily. PU blank with epoxy resin 4+4oz on top and 4 oz on the bottom. I'm still having trouble with getting flat hotcoats and sanding double concaves+finboxes without hitting weave.
Overall I'm super stoked - tomorrow will have some waves so it'll be a good first ride. It's by far the best board I've made so far. Appreciate everyone on this site giving great information. Feedback is always welcome.