Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Making the fish bones.

This part of the build is time consuming.  I draw out the spar on the luan.  For the ribs I cut paper patterns and glue them to the luan.  Next, I cut out the ribs and spar with my bandsaw.

I check all the ribs against the full size drawing to make sure they're the right lenght.  Then, I check the ribs against the spar to dial those in.  I like to make sure the ribs height is the same as the spar for that rib location.  It also gives me a chance to check the rib profiles.

I like to draw out interior sections of the ribs and spar where material will be removed.  It saves a lot of unwanted weight by doing this.  I drill a hole or two in those sections.  Then I use my jigsaw to cut it out.  I've found it handy to build a jig that gives the spar and ribs some support when making these cuts.

I hope this helps anyone making a wood surfboard.  Thanks for your support.

Friday, March 16, 2018

WL 6'8" Superfish Project

One of my friends is making a copy of a board.  It got me thinking.  I need to make a copy of one of my favorite boards.  It's a 6'8" S7 SuperFish.  I've had this board for 4 years and have used it a lot.  It has been a good board for the wave here.

When there is some fun surf I usually ride this one for a couple reasons.  It's fast and has a good displacement (40 liters) for me.  The quad fins set-up works nicely.  I love it.

I'm going to start by making a full size drawing.  From that I'll be able to develop the spar and ribs.  It's not as easy as using a computer program but, it's a lot of fun for me.  If anyone has questions please send me an email or post a comment.  Thanks for your support.