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surfboard from 2x6 and plywood

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could I build one of these out of wood?...


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my blueprint



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cut my rail pieces



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glued and clamped



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cut the "rocker" curve on the bottom of the rail



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add some fish bones



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gonna need some custom surfboard sawhorses!



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ribs from 1/8" plywood



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I-beam construction site



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always need more clamps!



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love that flexible pull-saw for cutting curves!



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starting to look something like...



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running underlayment across those joists



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the bottom is covered



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the top still needs some work!  (that's as far as I got so far)



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Neal,

Very nicely done!
Thanx for sharing.

Chuck S

live, work, build, ...better with wood
live, work, build, ...better with wood

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Very nice, reminds my of my cedar strip kayak. How will you finish her. Will look to see your finished weight. Bet nobody cuts you off !

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As a person who spent almost too much time on a board in my youth, I completely understand your motivation. I have been reading Wooden Boat magazine a lot lately and drooling over many of the plans, but they need to see this, they will probably appreciate it.
Very nice work, I hope you will be brave enough to put it in the water and make it sing.

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So you're using pine? Any idea what the ancient Hawaiians used?

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So you're using pine? Any idea what the ancient Hawaiians used?

I'm using redwood, fir, mahogany, cedar, poplar, and 1/8" oak veneer plywood.  The ancient Hawaiians used koa (Hawaiian acacia), ulu (breadfruit), and (only if you were royalty would you be allowed to use) wiliwili, the lightest and best wood.


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Thanks all for the kind words of encouragement!  My wife thinks I've gone nuts.



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That is awesome.  Those pics better find their way into your client portfolio.


Follow your bliss.

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Hey Huck,


Not bad goin for a Chippie :-) (Aussie slang for Carpenter)


Just wondering if you're using epoxy for the joints? You could have used smaller cross section in the side rails to make it lighter; yet still strong enough. Interestingly most amateur boats end up way to heavy because well meaning newbies 'beef it up' a little- Just in case. The enemy of performance of any watercraft is weight. 


I'm sure you'll have a ball... if nothing else you'll surely be the envy of all the beach dudes.


I would only say that the big risk is 'once bitten-forever smitten' and by that I mean it's a highly addictive activity to build a boat...


It's like Minties- can you really stop at one?


Cheers,


Andrew

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That's really beautiful.  This is one of the top (if not the top) project of the year for the Gallery!  Can't wait to finished product.

 


 

 

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Nice work, but why?

"Put your creed in your deed."   Emerson


"When asked if you can do something, tell'em "Why certainly I can", then get busy and find a way to do it."  T. Roosevelt

"Put your creed in your deed."   Emerson

"When asked if you can do something, tell'em "Why certainly I can", then get busy and find a way to do it."  T. Roosevelt

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very nice...reminds me of a wood strip kayak I built years back..Great job dude.

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But, why not?


Mike


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The skills required to make something as complex as this are transferable.

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Nice work. Can't wait to see the carrying case.


Runnerguy

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That's freakin' gorgeous!  Too bad the skin can't be vacuum-formed acrylic so you can see the inner structure.


Forrest