Certainly not my only mistake but... First board shaped, everything is looking good and almost done, decided to take one last sweep across the deck with my long sanding block (the one that has 80 grit wrapped around it and held in place with STAPLES on the back side). Guess which side of the sanding block I used? http://www.fiberglasswarehouse.com/fiberglass_cloth.asp
I made most of the above. Cept tw's. Had a new 7'4" shaped amd held down with a brick when a two brick gust of wind set it down hard. Chunks of asphalt and stuff inbeded in the board. Cleaned and spackled it. Decided to use left over spray paint to color the board. After laminating I noticed a funny spot near the nose after the resin went off. Peeled the glass write off the board. No problem. I reshaped it into a 6'4". I routed out the first fin box. Pulled out the router. Went all the way to the deck. I thought, "dam this board is fighting me!" I set the box and filled the gash with left over can foam I use to plug holes in the house where the yellow jackets like to live. I laminated the board with UV(in my carport). The stuff went off when I was lapping the rails. Tons of sanding,cutting, and repairing numerous holes and soft spots later the board was done. I gave it to a buddy's nephew and was glad to see it go. Yah just have to keep laughing through em. Mike
i had been sanding boards for other guys for about 4 years before i took shaping seriously ...i had sanded like 5,000 boards or more my sander was an extension of my finger tips.i could do magic with it ....but when i picked up my planer it felt foreign in my hands and really awkward so after trying to shape a few real bad looking boards (dont forget i was accustomed to running my hands over finely tuned craft...)i tried shaping a board with my sander???????????????????????????????????yea exactly what you think it woulda looked like.... regards BERT
Attempting my first glass job with the board laying on top of a bucket. The bad part was that the dirt was covered with wood chips and ground cover. The worst part was that i was barefoot. My feet were glued together like duck feet as i ran up and down my street begging neighbors for acetone. They may not always wear shoes when shaping in the movies but from now on i do. darren
Shaping - not to bad. Glassing - bad - Batch going off half-way through laminating. Finally learned you can cut way back on the cat and it will still go off.
Stopped surfing from age 18 to 26. Rob Olliges
Doing that last little touch up with decent shoes on and of course dripping some on them, end of good shoes. The best glassing shoes are the most expensive shoes you can find at the cheapest second hand store, $1 or $2 maybe. Then cut the back out of them so you can slip them on and off easily. Feels really good glassing a really good board dripping resin on really good shoes. Either that or make drip tray glassing racks.
I mixed the lam resin sooo hot for one board that it poped in 5 minutes on a cold day, and smoked in the bucket. and Glassing in flipflops.
many many mistakes... aside from taking this little hobby up in the first place, probably installing a fin box with uncatalyzed resin... DOH!
Poured lam coat on cloth to hold it in place while I was placing a lam/decal. Folded it back and went to spread out the pour and ...and.....one solid hump in the middle of the board! WAY too hot on the catalyst. Oh well...nothing the sander couldn't fix. Then mixed up some hot coat after a cool night and figured what the heck...those chunks of wax will dissolve NO WAY! It left holes through to the lam coat where they ended up..DOH Best one...Glued hairs in crook of my elbow together from an unoticed drip of resin while standing having a cold one after just putting down a great hot coat. Never noticed it till I reached for another one RRRRRIIIIP! yeow! Krokus