Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Wooden Kite Boards

Matt Ma makes kite boards and he only started a about a year or so ago and does it in his spare time.
" There lots of cross over in the techniques and I think the strength /weight and look of the wood has the same appeal for both.
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.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Little Gems ...

Pete Davis has made a few wooden longboards over the years and just thought he'd have a go at making some fun little cheap ones. Both boards cost under $200 dollars each to make, on the darker board he has used Fijian ply and Paulownia rails and syrinia balsa nose. The lighter board has hoop pine top , Paulownia rails and laminated nose blocks with just spare wood from home. His wife and daughter had free rain on the bottom to do some artwork. Just goes to show making a board doesn't have to be hard or expensive it can be enjoyable and still a lot of fun.

Hollow wooden board

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  annbyron@adam.com.au "

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

" The Kala "

 This is Charlie Loiselle's latest board the "Kala"

 " Bookmatched redwood top and a lauan bottom (ripped and alternated at the stringer and glassed on both faces). All in all I still prefer a properly planked bottom but the lauan is quick and easy to work with, and looks good. I went with a bonzer fin setup with an FCS trailer rather than the regular large single fin – I intend to surf this one as a slippery twin as well as the bonzer setup.  The smaller side fins are glassed on and made of meranti marine plywood."

 "Artwork is a Kala I shot a while back (hence the name) and printed up myself. I wanted to see how the heavy rice paper would glass, and it came out nice. The blue highlights cover the deck-rail joint, which due to the heavy dome of the deck came out uneven. The lizard on the bottom was heat-transferred directly on to the wood."

" Rails are strip-planked with alternating white fir and mahogany. The leash plug is stacked ply, cut and worked by hand with a stainless bolt as the anchor."   Check out other shots at :

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The unglassed Simmons

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.

The polyurethane glue is spread over the foam blank and I sprayed a mist of water on the timber as the glue goes off with moisture.The 4mm deck and 3mm bottom skins are cut to approx 5mm oversize all round , taped together and placed in the bag. The glue has a 30 minute working time , so plenty of time to set things up.
A piece of shade cloth give the air some space to be sucked out without sucking straight onto the wooden.

The glues takes 2 hours to go off so the pump is left on for that time.It pulls down very well and very evenly. Best to gather up the excess bag on one side prior to pumping the air out. That way the bag is tight to the board on the edges and when the air comes out it pulls straight down on the skins rather than being able to get sucked in between the skins and rail bands. Which can happen. The masking tape also helps to keep it out during this time.

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 : grantnewby@bigpond.com

Flama Mini Simmons

 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.

John is a regular support of the wooden board day each year and loves his wooden boards.Great to see them out in the surf where they are supposed to be.
Nice one Johnny.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

We kick off the New Year with a couple of boards from Florida

Just got these shots from Edward Hamilton 111 , Jacksonville Florida. He has built a few and is about to launch his website. Great to see guys out there everywhere building boards and look forward to another year and more innovative , creative and exotic wooden surfboards. Guys send in your shots and lets share them. All of us who have ever built a wooden board know there are no easy ways to build one so, if you have you know we are just as stoked as you are.