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Huzzah!  That looks really good!  

Not sure if you used side lights but they will allow you to see most of the lumps that you can't feel. How's it ride?

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Thanks, I had some sidelights on one side.. thats the side that turned out ok.!.jk. just some low spots w/in the single concave area. Havent got to get it in the water yet, we had a small swell when i picked it up from the glasser but it wasnt cured all the way yet. Now the surfs pretty much flat w/ no swell in sight for the week. Yeah once it i get it in the water and put in on a rail i'll be able to tell how it rides and go from there..

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Looks fine to me mate. In fact, looks like its got enough width and curve to be a loose small wave board.

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Thanks beerfan. That was the exact plan to be a loose small wave florida board.. we'll see once i get to ride it!

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looks good found, should be fun!

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Thanks a2tall. Still waiting for the surf to pick up.. nothing brewing out there yet

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That's a great looking first board! Congrats!

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Thanks Woody, it was alot of fun to make, and frustrating at times to:)

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Looks very good for a first board.   Side lights and careful sanding and screening on the finish will eliminate the highs and lows, bumps etc.  For the flats use a block.  One wood and one padded with EVA.  For a final screen use a 9x11" piece of one inch thick upholstery foam and screen.  Stop, stand back and look at it  from differant angles of sight.  Go easy and slow on the finish.  Establish a process from start to finish that works best for you.  Change and improve your methods and process with each shape.  It's easy to miss stuff on the finish.  Refining and developing your method and process will improve  future shapes.

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Thanks Mcding. Thanks for the advice, i/ll definitely put it into practice. I'm ready to get working on the next one.
Much Aloha

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Oh and remember;  take the stringer down flush with your mini-plane as one of the very last steps.  Then screen the stringer with the block to clean up the foam tear along the stringer  Suprising how many shapers think the stringer is ok and then after glassing realize they left it "proud"(too high).  Too late to do anything about it after the the lamination.  Alot of shapers also leave the torn foam along the stringer.  Which is just plain sloppy.  I've seen some of the best in Calif leave torn foam at the stringer. 

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McDing wrote:

  Alot of shapers also leave the torn foam along the stringer.  Which is just plain sloppy.  I've seen some of the best in Calif leave torn foam at the stringer. 

I saw this on some very well known shaper's boardshere in a CA shop. glassed with a purple tint...and it looked like crap.

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Yeah I could name names but the fan club would get upset.

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Yeah, I kept chasing that stringer when i was finished. I'd go as easy as possible w/ the trim plane to take the stringer down flush and would still put some scratches/tears in the foam, then sand the foam to get out the scratches, now my stringer would be a little high again! kept chasing it!! I didnt use any screen though. I finally gave in and took it to get glassed. I let Larry (glasser) know about the stringer being a little high, he said it wasnt to bad. The thickness of my blank i started out with was 2 15/16, i wanted the finish to be 2 3/8, so i had plenty of room for error.. i ended up w/ 2 3/8 thicness.. would have been less if i kept messing w/ the stringer.. Just got to keep at it and hopefully gets better.. Still waiting for the surf to pick up.

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Very cool. It's inspiring because I'm in the middle of my first build. Congrats on a nice job.

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Thanks surfingknife.Yeah were really stoked to have this site.Theres alot of talent on here thats willing to help us guys just learning to shape our own boards. Back in the day that didnt happen to much unless tou had an "in". Great site for all of us to learn and appreciate our sport and craft building!!

Can't wait till the day when i can actually shape a board and it turns out just like i envisioned and rides the same as well! I might be an old man by that time!!

Much Aloha

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You're hooked now!

Looks like you have a great space to start with...plenty of room etc.  The addition of sidelights to my workspace may have been the single best improvement to my shaping.  Looks like your halfway there already!

All the best!

Woody

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Screen   ------- 220 and a wooden sanding block.  No padding.   Or if you use padding use EVA (yoga mat).  Screen doesn't take the stringer down and the flat wooden  block brings the foam along the stringer down flush with the stringer.  I prefer to leave my string a hair below the foam.

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I finally got to give the board a go. Surfed yesterday small waist + mushy waves and I was stoked how good the board worked. I wasnt sure what to expect. I thought it my be squirly or slide out when i put some power in the turns, but that never happened. She worked really good. Worked just how i wanted to on the smaller weak surf. On my cutbacks and bottom turns it projected real good w/ a lot of speed! definitely stoked about that. The only complaint I have is i wish it was a little looser w/ less effort. Surfed today overhead clean w/ offshore winds, no complaints! The board is fast and on a rail projects even more speed.Overall she worked great, just have to figure out what would make it a little looser...

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What's your past experience with riding concaves?

I personally find them to be pretty "sticky"

Maybe that's what your feeling by describing the lack of "Looseness"

Just my 2 cents. 

Never saw the fins you put in...you could play around with those.

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Woody, I've ridden one board w/ a single deep concave running from about 1 ft from nose all the way out the tail that easily turned on a dime no stickyness and smooth w/ extra kick in the tail rocker. Mostly i ride slight single to double which can seem a little sticky at times, but fast. Yeah the fins have a lot to do w/ it as well. I had two basic fcs m-3 side fins and a smaller sf-4 for middle. Everything can shange how it feels, rocker, foil, rails, fins, everything. Itd be cool if i could figure out which one it is. Muc Aloha

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Well now you can build your quiver! Keep the ones you really like and sell or giveaway the ones you don't.  Something I am fond of these days is giving them away to friends and family...gives me an excuse to make more! An expensive hobby...yes...but cheaper than medication or therapy!!

Another good way to kinda tune things in is to loan it out to friends and get their feedback.  I've even traded boards with guys out in the lineup...explained that I'm new to building my own boards and trying to figure some things out with a new shape...at first they're a little shocked (cause apparently people don't speak to each other while surfing anymore) and then pretty stoked...amazing the different opinions, feedback, and the encouragement people give you for making your own stuff! Pretty cool!

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I like the idea of letting others ride it and get there feedback.. will definitely do that. Will be interesting to see the different feedback i get. Should help w/ planning and making different shapes.

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Well had some more fun waves. I changed out the fins to some basic fcs m-5's and that really changed the feel of the board. It rides looser now, stoked. These are actually a little bigger fins, kinda weird that it rides looser now?
Much Aloha

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Cool!

Must have needed a little more drag. I buy all sizes of fins (Cheap production sets) and try out different sizes on my boards with fin boxes. When I do glass on fins I always opt for a little bigger than what my eye tells me...function over aesthetics. Plus in most circumstances the cheap production sets work just as well as expensive sets. After a couple of years you'll have quite a collection to experiment with.

Keep it up!