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 Post subject: Board building workshop - what would you stock it with?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:20 pm 
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After putting this off for a few seasons I'm finally going to take a shot at building some real boards. I just wanted to take a quick poll and see what tools/supplies you would stock a new board building workshop with. I'm hoping to get a list of the necessary things and a list of the 'nice to have' things. I'd like to start with the essentials and go from there as needed.

I have a 20 x 10 foot heated shed with a workbench running 10 feet along one wall.

Primarily interested in building a few twin tips, skim boards, wake skates. Have done the plywood thing but want to move past that.

Thanks in advance


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 Post subject: Re: Board building workshop - what would you stock it with?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:59 am 
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The best thing I did was build a large foam box with 3 large CPU fans on the roof and put a space heater with thermo control in it.

This allowed me to work with the board while cold, preventing the epoxy from curing and then when finished throw it in the foam box turn on the space heater where it would be hard to touch in about 4 hours.

Other less than obvious priorities are
1) respirator with organic and particulate filters foam dust = bad, epoxy = bad
2) orbital sander with vacuum Dust collection attachement,
3) High power shop vac with good dust collection.
4) Vacuum pump.


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 Post subject: Re: Board building workshop - what would you stock it with?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2009 8:38 pm 
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Know what your components weigh before you assemble them:
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Cool, but a kitchen scale gets more use, and can weigh the complete board.

If you are going to hand shape and sand things (especially any wood cores or parts), these will be you best friends/worst enemies.
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Homemade sanding blocks, to suit the project. These are heavy, for a boat. Thinner plywood can bend to follow rail shapes, etc. The one with the foam flooring padding is good for shaping rounded edges. Spray on contact cement holds normal sandpaper to it, easy to peel off when you hit it with your heat gun a few seconds.

Other good friends, saw rasp and surform. Saw rasp is good on hardwoods and epoxy as well as soft stuff. I know, you might not be using any more wood, these work on foam too....
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Another important one, easy to overlook: skin barrier cream!
Trust me you don't want to wait until you get a chemical burn before you start using this stuff.
You will feel less foolish ordering it with your epoxy supplies than a month or so later, when your skin heals and you are ready to finish whatever you were doing when your gloves leaked or whatever.
Clean up :White vinegar + Isopropyl alcohol, go on and keep a gallon of each around.

...just what came to mind.
Oh yeah, maybe some beer, and a chair or stool to sit and think...


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 Post subject: Re: Board building workshop - what would you stock it with?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 4:41 pm 
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Good stuff, thanks!


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