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  • Hand made boards

    • Cost: $0-$249 DIY or Professional Install: I installed it / created it Manufacturer(s) of primary products: God, titebond, dakine Material used: Wood

    I started with 2x4x8 cedar from Home Depot. I copied my elevation off a ronix koal. I cut all the boards the same to the elevation pattern on the band saw. I then lined them all up and clamped them from below. I used the same ronix to “foot print” an outline and cut it with a jig saw. Using the rough board I was able to find where would be best to put my oak dowels and figure my lengths . I was able to use four. Lots of planning so the dowels would be “buried” in the board by at least 3/4”. I then used a drill press to cut the holes for the dowels and only hole depth on the outside boards. I then used the drill press to make 1 1/4 deep 3/4 diameter holes through out the entire board but not going all the way through. In theory it’s mostly hollow but because I didn’t go all the way through, it’s chambered. In theory if one hole fails and fills with water, it will only effect that hole. From here I beat the oak dowels in and glued the heck out of it with titebond 3. Once everything was sandwiched together, I clamped it and let it sit for a week. Once unclamped I used a DT automotive sander with 40 grit sand To smooth the top and bottom. Once the rough contour was done, I used a router to round the sides. From here I used smother sand paper and lighter machines. IE. went from the DT to a belt sander to a orbital to block sanding while also using lighter and lighter sand paper all the way to 600grit. I drilled my holes for the fins using the ronix as a guide. There was a lot of butt puckering at this stage. I finished with around 10 coats of poly on both sides. When poly’ing one side I put painters tape 3/4 the way down the side effectively putting 20 coats on the sides and avoiding drips. Between coats, I block sanded with 400 grit per manufacture instructions. I epoxied the anchors for the fins and used the fins themselves for alignment. After that I stuck the dakine pads down and project done. Thanks for having me. I hope I did this right. 








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    I’d call that money!  There’s something about getting after it and coming up with your own way. Boards of all shapes, sizes and materials have been ridden.... like forever..... and worked!  I’m sure it will ride awesome!  I’m way more proud of the boards I’ve made than the super fragile board that cost lots of $.  Display that board with pride- you’ve earned it!!

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    1 hour ago, Armandaleg said:

     I’m way more proud of the boards I’ve made than the super fragile board that cost lots of $.  Display that board with pride- you’ve earned it!!

    Let’s see it!! Haha

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    Yeah sorry my project started before I joined  and I didn’t get any pics seeing as I didn’t think there would be anybody who cared. Besides the 4 oak dowels, I simply wood glued it, put every clamp I had (or stole from my father) on it and let it cure for a week

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