Matt Ma makes kite boards and he only started a about a year or so ago and does it in his spare time.
I’ve been blogging my efforts to date and wanted to share a couple of photo’s and my blog incase its of interest."
His blog has plenty of pictures , details and background on what he is doing and learning as he goes.It is very informative and well worth a look. Vac bagging and set ups that could well be used to build wooden surfboards.
Thanks Matt for sharing your knowledge and projects.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I have received an email from a lady who has this board and would like to find out more about it.
" Hi Grant, just wondering if it would be worth coming to the Gold Coast at your meetings all about boards, as I have an old board that I would like some information on , this one could be 1930's Hollow 3 metres x 500 and in good condition it is only now taking on water so we retired it, but was going to fix it until the surf guy said if I were you find more information, my son was given the board 7 years ago by a good old (94year old) neighbour, she used it to collect crabs in the peel inlet near Mandurah W.A. for many years. We currently live in S.A and its too big to bring to the meeting. Have attached photos Regards Ann and Byron Bruce. email email@example.com "
So if you have any info you could contribute to this board or type of board could you help Ann and Byron out by contacting them.
Friday, January 20, 2012
This is Charlie Loiselle's latest board the "Kala"
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
I had some time over Christmas between some great long surf sessions to build a board I had been thinking of for some time .What I have tried to achieve here is a simple way of making a wooden board with less time , materials , weight and cost involve. Not necessarily a greener board in any way , but it is probably a long way towards that as well. My theory is that the materials used are far more compatible flex wise so that if they need to move they will all go together. Where as if you were to use resin whether epoxy or urethane which is hard and not as compatible flex wise. So it may be more likely to come away from the foam as it is the softer material. The other thing is the Paulownia , the Polyurathane glue and the Styrene blank are all waterproof. The proof will be in pudding as they say when she gets waxed up and surfed. It feels good and the weight is great .You will also notice I have not used a breather as the blank is very hard and there is very little air between the styrene beads.
|I started with one of my foam boards that I have designed in AKU Shaper and took 7mm off the thickness and 20mm off the rails all round. This was then cut from a hard Core Fusion EPS blank.|
|After sanding the blank I glued a 3mm Paulownia rail band / parabolic stringer round the outside of the blank.|
|The stringer is there to hold the rocker in the board and to aid in some following processes. It also seals the blank on one face.After the glue has gone off I trimmed the timber down to the blank and shaped it to the foil of the blank as well.|
|A piece of shade cloth give the air some space to be sucked out without sucking straight onto the wooden.|
|Then when it is all set , slide it out of the bag and trim the excess 5mm all round. This is also where the parabolic stringer comes in handy. Make sure to keep the face square as this is important.|
|There are 6 x 3mm laminates to make up the nose as it is easier to bend these thinner strips , although you may be able to steam or heat them to make it easier. I have not tried that yet.|
|All 6 nose laminates on and then trimmed with the Japanese saw at a slight angle which will help hold or key the next rail bands in position. I have also rough trimmed them down to the deck and bottom skins.|
|Not a big mess yet.|
|3 x 6mm thick rail bands glued on and tail block laminated as well.|
|Here I have planned the rail bands down to the foil of the board prior to rough shaping the rails. So the outer edge of the rail band is still square at this point.|
|I used a small hand plane to bring the rails down rather than the electric planner just to get more feeling for the wood and what was happening. I felt better doing it this way . A bit slower and hard work but you only get one shot at this.|
|All shaped and leash plug epoxied in.|
|I used Futures fin boxes and took extra foam out right through to the deck timber to key it all together as there is no glass over the boxes as you would do in a glass board.|
|These are the new Rasta Bamboo quad set from Futures Fins.|
|I have finished the board with 4 coats on Lanotec which is lanolin or the waterproof oil / grease from sheep's wool. It is not to waterproof the wood but to condition it in the first instance. The waterproofing properties can't hurt as well.|
Looking forward to some feedback once it gets in the water. I will keep you posted.
If you have any questions email me : firstname.lastname@example.org
Sergi from Flama Surfboards in Barcelona , Spain has just sent me an update on their new factory and one of their new models. The Mini Simmons.
They use Paulownia to make blanks that have solid rails.
Here is one rough shaped , ready for fine tuning and sanding.
Here you can see from the paper template the outline of where the solid rails are so as to know how far into the blank they can take away when shaping the rails.
For more on their boards and what they are up to , check them out at : www.flamasurf.com
Sunday, January 8, 2012
John Sutcliffe from Mangawhai on his home built wooden twin keel fish surfboard enjoys a small peeling wave at Ruakaka beach.
Nice one Johnny.