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Wave Directional Woody ready!

Postby R a i n e r » Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:02 am

YIIIIEHAAAH - it's ready, my first Wave Directional Woody!! Image
It's an enlarged Spleene Zone with 1,64m - kind of a "Zone Plus" - it's a little thicker, too (approx. 30 mm) and weighs 4kg with pads, straps and fins. (I don't even know the typical weight of a wave directional)
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… anyway, it's the first time that I (almost) don't give a fu… if the board rides well or not. 'Cause if not this beauty will be found on my bedroom wall Image

Take care!
Rainer (just imagine how hard it is to resist from taking it into my bed tonight… Image)

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Re: Wave Directional Woody ready!

Postby apwa06 » Thu Mar 06, 2008 3:23 am

I like it, how did you get such a good shiny finish on the bottom?

Let us know how it rides.

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Re: Wave Directional Woody ready!

Postby sflinux » Thu Mar 06, 2008 4:40 am

Looks very nice. Can you describe the fabrication process?
I've been working on a low tech plywood version of the zone concept. I traced the tail shape from my favorite Rusty surftech, and I traced the nose shape from a softop board. The wood has a natural negative side to side rocker like a mako, then I added a bit of nose to tail rocker to keep me from pearling. Mine has a quad fin setup. I'll be happy if it doesn't spray like my plywood session 141, and have the same bottom end.

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Re: Wave Directional Woody ready!

Postby TheRussian » Thu Mar 06, 2008 8:01 am

she's a beauty :D

Hope it rides as well as it looks

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Re: Wave Directional Woody ready!

Postby smoore » Thu Mar 06, 2008 8:09 am

got any tips for creating rocker and things? iv just decided to try and make a TT but my dad reckons using fiber glass will make it too heavy so it seems marine plywood is the main ingredient now... any ideas on how to make a good TT? i have limited materials as im still 15 but i can stil get basic things from DIY stores and things... cheers

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Re: Wave Directional Woody ready!

Postby Ivel » Thu Mar 06, 2008 8:54 am

WOW thats a nice board. where do i get one?

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Re: Wave Directional Woody ready!

Postby cip37 » Thu Mar 06, 2008 11:47 am

really nice job Rainer !!! great look and for sure nice board to ride

Is that full wood or you made some hollow in it?

bwt could someone explain me a good reason to have such a pointed board to kitesurf?
i understand it could be useful in regular surfing to duckdive and pass the wave but i cant see the point in kitesurfing
Seems to me that a larger point shape (square or rounded) would give more buoyancy.
Pointed boards are also more prone to break

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Re: Wave Directional Woody ready!

Postby R a i n e r » Thu Mar 06, 2008 4:52 pm

cip37 wrote:...bwt could someone explain me a good reason to have such a pointed board to kitesurf?...

'Cause it looks better! :thumb:

Now, here's a description I already posted something like two years ago:

The boards I build may still be called "Woodies" although their core is of foam - see:
http://surfforum.oase.com/showthread.php?t=19538
They are rather easy to build and cost about 30-50$ (without fins, pads & straps of course).
They are lighter than "pure" Woodies. A board of 1,30m built like this weighs about 2kg.

Here's some info how to build them - sorry for my lack of proper vocabulary:

The wood types I recommend are:
either Gabun/Okumee - technical info (sorry only in German):
http://www.modellskipper.de/archive...o/okume.htm?top
or Poplar - technical info:
http://www.modellskipper.de/archive...tt_p/pappel.htm

Basically I'm using a sandwich type structure - layers from top to bottom:
- Poplar plywood, 3mm thick (but only middle 80cm)
- Wood glue (waterproof) or Epoxy
- Poplar plywood, 3mm thick (whole length)
- Wood glue (waterproof) or Epoxy
- Core: STYRODUR® (very light and fairly hard isolation foam)
or HEREX or AIREX (heavier but stronger)
foam core 10-12mm thick in the middle - reduced to 3mm at the tips (for flex tips!!) :thumb:
- Wood glue (waterproof) or Epoxy
- (Optional: Glass layer, not with wood glue of course)
- Poplar plywood, 3mm thick (whole length)

===> All glued and pressed together in something like this:
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On the picture you can see my Woody #1. For a more even pressure distribution from the top (which is necessary for the "wood-foam-wood" style) I lay another wooden board between the beams and the kiteboard.

The last 2cm of the tips or board ends are of massive wood (= 3 layers of 3mm plywood - no foam there).

After gluing cut (saw) out the board's outline

Rails:
At the rails mill (or sand or scratch or whatever) away the foam between the wooden layers 6mm deep. These grooves are filled up again with 2 very slim strips of 3mm plywood and Epoxy.

Afterwards shape and sand the board.
The rails shall be sharp/square at the tips and rounded in the middle of the board.

For inserts I'm using stainless steel "Rampa" sockets (M5):
http://www.rampa.de/cgi-bin/rampaen.pl? ... ndex2.html
Glue them (with Epoxy) into 10mm blind holes, which are drilled into the deck.

Fin holes:
Drill 10mm holes though the board, fill them up with Epoxy again and drill again with 6mm.

Sealing & Finish:
- Fill wood pores with Epoxy
- Sand
- Decor with coloured paint
- Final finish with clear marine paint (1-2 layers)

Wood rules! :thumb:

Take care! :bye:
Rainer

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Re: Wave Directional Woody ready!

Postby KEISER » Thu Mar 06, 2008 5:05 pm

how are you creating your rocker?

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Re: Wave Directional Woody ready!

Postby R a i n e r » Thu Mar 06, 2008 5:08 pm

WINDTOYS wrote:how are you creating your rocker?


With this:
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==> 'call it an "adjustable rocker bank"


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