Thanks Mcding. Thanks for the advice, i/ll definitely put it into practice. I'm ready to get working on the next one.
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.
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.
Very cool. It's inspiring because I'm in the middle of my first build. Congrats on a nice job.
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.
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!!
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!
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.
Yeah I could name names but the fan club would get upset.
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...