Friday, August 18, 2017

Ready for rails.

It usually takes a few days for me to get the rail strips ready for shaping.  It's an important process in the build so, I take my time.

I love to build wood surfboards.  Shaping the rails is my favorite part.  It's going to be fun.  I set-up the new and copy boards for a little comparison.

It looks like their about the same.  I'm going to copy the rail profiles of the old one on the new one.  It's best to stay with something that works.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Starting to shape.

All the rail pieces are in place.  This board  gets (3) layers of 1/4" balsa.  The tool I like to use for shaping is a Stanley 12-101.  Really fun little plane.  It works well on paulownia also.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Got skin needs rails.

I cleaned up the bottom and top.  It's ready for a little fine tuning and then rail strips.

The board feels light and strong.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Nose and Tail details.

As I work my way toward the center of the boards it's important to put in some transition pieces between the skin and frame.

It's also a good idea to glue in some support pieces on each side of the rib when coming to the end of a 36" balsa sheet.

I build a little vent box out of paulownia.  The vent gets installed later.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Building out nose and tail.

It helps a lot to have the copy board around for making patterns.  I do strengthen both nose and tail with pieces of paulownia.

Now the boards at a point where the top can be planked.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Outside stringers

There are lots of ways to build a wooden surfboard.  It's been trial and error for me for the last 10 years.  My first boards were mostly longboards and were heavy.  Then a friend got me started using balsa wood and that changed everything.  Now I'm using paulownia, balsa, red cedar and luan ply.

For my outside stringers I mill red cedar to 1/4" x 1/4" and wet it down for an hour.  The wetting makes the cedar much easier to clamp and glue in place.

They add a lot of strengthen to the frame and give a stable surface to glue the rail strips.

I do both lower ones and let them dry overnight.

The next day the upper were glued and clamped.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Little Details

The bottom panel is glued to the frame.  I usually let that dry for a few days.  One thing that I can do is glue balsa tabs to the end of the ribs.

These little pieces give me a way to clamp the outer stringers to the frame.  They also offer more surface for gluing.

Next step is gluing up outer stringers.