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 Post subject: Best wood for making a wooden kiteboard & where to buy?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 4:00 pm 
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What type of wood is best for making a simple home built kiteboard ?

I have heard marine plywood is the best wood to use. If so, where do I get it ? I asked the guy at Home Depot and he did not have a clue .


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There are websites and groups that focus exclusively on boardbuilding (eg yahoo has a group). Home Depot has some nice birch ply that is very stong and good for kiteboards. Some is precut to 120cm (4') so you can easily make a nice 120 board from it.

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Well for a good weight with enough strength you could try balsa with one or two ash stringers in the middle. Ash is a very strong wood, and balsa weights nothing.

Glue them together with epoxy and shape your board.

Check this site: http://www.squirtnatic.nl
It's a dutch site but written in english and a lot of pics.


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Are you looking to make an all around board or light wind board?


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I am looking to make one of both types :D


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the best place to pick some up are construction sites. I also snagged some nice sections from a local marina (connections, nothing illegal).
nothing beats free....


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I was told to use (and have been using) 3/8in (9mm) 7-ply "Baltic Birch" plywood. Usually comes in 5ft x 5ft sheets, cut it into 3 20in sections and you have 3 perfect blanks - can go as wide as 50cm and as long as 150. Flex is enough to be helpful in a flat board, but it's stiff enough if you keep the length reasonable. Epoxy seals the board and makes it a little stiffer.

You'll need to find a specialty lumber store somewhere - look for a place that does fancy hardwoods and veneers and all that cabinetmaking stuff.


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Balsa is good as a core for a composite board, but its not strong enough for a board made completely from Balsa.

9mm Birch ply sounds good. What Tom mentions is a ply made completely from Birch, all layers are Birch. Home Depot Birch is only Birch on the outside and cheap wood (Fir probably) on the inside layers. It is much more flexible, so you have to up in thickness to half inch (12m).

Birch is very strong and rigid, so you can have a thinner board comparing to Fir and other "marin" plys.


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Tom183 wrote:
I was told to use (and have been using) 3/8in (9mm) 7-ply "Baltic Birch" plywood. Usually comes in 5ft x 5ft sheets, cut it into 3 20in sections and you have 3 perfect blanks - can go as wide as 50cm and as long as 150. Flex is enough to be helpful in a flat board, but it's stiff enough if you keep the length reasonable. Epoxy seals the board and makes it a little stiffer.

You'll need to find a specialty lumber store somewhere - look for a place that does fancy hardwoods and veneers and all that cabinetmaking stuff.


Tom,

You are able to use one layer of 9mm and it is sufficiently stiff? Seems kind of flexy for anything other than a small board.

Ed


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I also used 3/8" Baltic Birch Ply in 5' x 5' it worked really well on my homemade 141 x 42 Spleene Session.

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