Did any of you out there start making boards before power sanders became readily available? I'm just curious. It must have been hard work sanding boards by hand!
When I started shaping in 1958, boards were either hand or power sanded. The power sanding at that time, was done with a belt sander and considerable hand sanding. I didn't see a disc sander used on a surfboard until early 1960. I was privileged to have been shown how to sand a surfboard by Ronald Patterson. At the time Ronald was sanding for Burland Surfboards, in La Jolla. On a few occasions, when I did not have a belt sander available, I'd do it all by hand. It made me a more careful glasser, knowing I had to sand it later.
SHAPER SINCE 1958
Before I bought power tools, I made boards with just a surform, a wood rasp, and several 2 x 4 blocks with belt sander media. I use small wood blocks to back sandpaper or just use the sandpaper in my hand. You don't need power tools, but they do make the work faster. I still use the sanding blocks a lot, but I've added a vixen file to the mix. I also glue rough grit sandpaper to small pieces of wood for small spot work.
I used to work for the local electric utility. Years ago when I only used hand tools, I was sanding a board under my house and the power went out. Didn't know it until I got a call from work and had to go in.
I hand sand all my boards, very rare that I ever use a power sander. I enjoy it.
"It ain't a race... it takes as long as it takes to be right." -Jim Philips
In 69-70 I carved out a few with only a sur-form, sanding blocks etc. in the backyard of my Missouri Street pad in PB. And Bill T is absolutely right; It makes you a better glasser. Lowel
Hi Huck. Will you sand my boards for me? Since you enjoy it. Sanding is the only part of the process I don't enjoy. The best part of sanding is when it's done. Wax it and go! Mike
For that I use a pro grade hot wax spatter / drywall texture gun followed by a 15 amp 120 volt skil model 77 worm drive power wax bar applicator, cuz who has time for hand waxing, really. What is this, zombie apocalypse or something?
I feel younger!
Yeah, lots of hand sandin' in Pop's garage.
But first experience with "power" was a single 10oz, watched the first one.
Handed sander with fresh pad, door closes.
Don't sand thru, eh!
I would rather be someone's shot of whiskey, than everyone's cup of tea.
When I started using a disc sander I did sand throughs a lot. I was using a hard pad and very course grit grinding pads, didn't know about soft pads that surfboard guys used. I still have one of the first boards I used it on, just waiting to be fixed. I was so bummed when I F'd it up, haven't had the right mindset to fix it.
nothing better than hand sanding your first couple of boards
just make long 2' blocks out of 2x4's and cut some belt sander belts to keep things flat and straight
makes you appreciate both the effort of the old timers and the skills of those wielding a 15lb spinning red beast along a lap line or nose and tail. Sanding and finishing is an under appreciated skill
Go back and re-read POST #10, the voice of wisdom is speaking.