Eric- I did some searching first, but I keep getting the last 100 posts or so, whether they relate to foam or Home Depot or not. I'm going to play around with it some more. Thanks for the tip, and thanks for the info about the pink foam. I will def. be coating it with some latex before I glass. Any trouble shaping with a hand plane or sandpaper? That foam seems pretty fragile, and the white foam seems to have such big bubbles that I think I will be gouging it pretty good if I use the planer on it. Yeah, I can't wait for the Clark blank after dealing with this stuff, but at least I will have my glassing down before I get the nice foam. Thanks
Eric- Just found some of your posts on the pink foam- thanks for the tip, it looks like a lot of great info. Thanks to all for the input.
I've wondered why guys haven't tried that. I think it was Gary Linden(?) who had an ad showing how he (along with his dad in the photo) used a table saw to slice leftover ribs from cutout blanks and sandwiched them together exactly as you describe. The ad also showed a finished board with contrasting glue lines.
Before Gary even had the slightest thought about his recyclers, I'd been using the center cuts for t-bands, rails replaced by balsa to make boards for myself. One was in 1969-70, semi-gun that I rode in Santa Barbara that winter.
I use the EPS foam(white foam). I have two boards sitting in my basement waiting for some glass. I've shaped them with a regular planer, not much problems with it. No chunk blowouts, no tears. Maybe I just work slow, I don't know. You might need to spackle a board shaped from EPS though. The foam consistency varies and you might find spots where there are some small holes. The spackling is not a big deal, just use a rubber squeegee, sand and your ready to glass. The finnish of the blank may not be as nice as with a polyurethane blank, but not a big deal for a personal board. You can always do some resin artwork. You will need epoxy to glass it though. regards, Håvard