What's the nervousness around the plug? It's under two layers of cloth.. Plug is angled to reduce the tombstone effect.
Yeah there is no problem with the plug. I understand why it is set to one side. Eliminates problems not just with tombstoning, but also keeps the leash out of the crack. No pull thrus at the fish tails. Guys that set the plug to one side on Shortboards primarily do it because it is an easy install. Shortboards are so light that they “generally” do not pull the leash plug out even on a heavy set. If you install a plug using a Forstner bit or a hole saw and do not drill a pilot hole or use a hole saw with a pilot bit; the bit or hole saw can jump the stringer and muck up the hole. Best bet is to use a plunge router and a bit that is 1/8” larger than the base of the plug.
Hi Lowel -
I have a couple pieces of acrylic panel with various sized hole saw cuts. I never use a hole saw without taping one of those panels down securely with the hole lined up where I want the next one. The hole saw fits inside the hole and doesn't have that tendency to get wonky.
To be honest, I've never seen a plug pull out but I just finished adding a second plug to my son's new gun. He doesn't trust single plugs to hold bigger boards in bigger waves.
Yes John I agree. If you have a guide there should be no problem. The small circular plug is a hard one to freehand with a drill. That’s for sure. The way the old FCS plugs are drilled is a clean method. Pre-drill with the hole sawand guide bit. Slip a piece of conduit into the circle and then take out the center with a Forstner bit. Leaves a very clean hole and is a simple process. It’s just a case of finding a bit and a piece of conduit that is the right diameter. The bar in a leash plug is more likely to pull out than the plug itself.
I use the Futures leash plug install kit, also never have any issues installing on the stringer (and generally do for customers as it is an aesthetic thing).
I built a bigger board for a guy to take into serious waves. Routed out, set, then layered under 4 layers 4oz.. even Matt @ Kazuma commented that it as an extra touch that would make it tough as nails.
Yup! Futures is the ticket.
hoot and holler for the win !!!
Scrub it kook
Here's my latest. A 5'5" fish with Fijian Kauri veneer top and bottom.
Nice job Karl. I like the shape and your veneer looks great. Where did you get that Figian veneer?
I got the veneer from a couple who were making their own catamarans. I think they imported it to NZ from Fiji.
It finishes up with an iridescent sheen which is pretty cool.
This is the third board I made with it and would recommend it.