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 Post subject: Want to confirm the step for a plywood board
PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 7:27 pm 
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Hi all,
First post and first step into my first board building! I have read a lot of forum and site about making a plywood board and as I lost my board and I am broke, I am going to jump into the process to build one! but I want to confirm I have the step right!

about me:
- Between beginner and intermediate rider (just start jumping few days ago)
- Not much knowledge in wood work even so I did a bit when I was young
- Going to borrow the tools
- I am about 1.85m and 65kg
- I hate non metric system because I am lost!

first of all, about the board I am looking for:
- Cheap, I am broke!
- Good in 20+ knot / 9m kite powered
- 2* 1/4 plywood for a small rocker (would like around 1.5cm)
- No concave
- about 136x30 (not really sure I forgot the witdh of my board!)
- would like it to be light (I am thinking of removing some wood of the top sheet for that)
- simple finition to see the wood.
- Straps, handle, fins
- Need to stay in one piece for 2 months, as after the winter I am moving out and wont take the board (so I will make a second one on my new destination! :D )
- Simple enough to make so I can learn and don't do lot of mistake!

about the steps from what I understood:
- Trace the board on the wood
- consolidate the holes for fins, insert etc... with epoxy.
- Sand
- Cut the board shape
- Glue the sheet together with epoxy and set the rocker (how much rocker should I put to have a final one of about 1.5cm?
- Leave for about a day or two
- shape the edge of the board (any angle idea? or link on what it change?)
- should I put fiber glass? I don't think I need to but I am confuse on it!
- coat the board with epoxy or boat coat or resine? (which one is the easiest to apply and require the less tools!)
- Sand
- Make holes for fins (where should I put the fins, I want some because of the lull and I do some some riding with the board flat sometimes!)
- Put straps and fins
- Go riding and try not to break or loose it!

I appreciate any comments / links / answer to the questions!


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 Post subject: Re: Want to confirm the step for a plywood board
PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 8:45 pm 
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If it is only for 2 months then go REAL cheap ghetto style. Forget epoxy and glass. Just glue your plywood with floor adhesive from home depot. With 2 pcs it will spring back a bit so make it 2.5cm. That is still a pretty small rocker. Better to aim for 3-4cm if it meant for powered conditions. Once you have the basic form then taper the deck down as you see on a proper glass board you admire. If you have a belt sander put some 40 grit on it and go woodchipper on it. Final sand to 100 grit and fill gaps if you feel generous then throw a coat or 2 of floor paint and go trash it. You will break before it does!

Have fun.

Stan


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 Post subject: Re: Want to confirm the step for a plywood board
PostPosted: Sun Sep 05, 2010 4:45 am 
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Hy,
Thanks for the info. I will try that!


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 Post subject: Re: Want to confirm the step for a plywood board
PostPosted: Sun Sep 05, 2010 5:33 am 
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Bigdog wrote:
throw a coat or 2 of floor paint and go trash it. You will break before it does!



dont use paint, use some spar varnish it's cheaper than epoxy and will waterproof your board. If you let the natural wood show, you'll definitely get comments about how pretty it is, if you use paint, it won't look nearly as good.


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 Post subject: Re: Want to confirm the step for a plywood board
PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2010 5:45 pm 
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[quote="Bigdog"Forget epoxy and glass. Just glue your plywood with floor adhesive from home depot. With 2 pcs it will spring back a bit so make it 2.5cm. That is still a pretty small rocker. Better to aim for 3-4cm if it meant for powered conditions. Once you have the basic form then taper the deck down as you see on a proper glass board you admire. If you have a belt sander put some 40 grit on it and go woodchipper on it. Final sand to 100 grit and fill gaps if you feel generous then throw a coat or 2 of floor paint and go trash it. You will break before it does!

Have fun.

Stan[/quote]


Stan, is that just tile adhesive that you're talking about? (Omnigrip Maximum Strength Adhesive .95L) That's a great idea. (Ever considered Bulldog?)

SweetDoug


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 Post subject: Re: Want to confirm the step for a plywood board
PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:17 pm 
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Due to the raining weather I cut the board just a few days ago, the glue is drying and the camber is on the process!

PS: I should have thought of a simple ruler to be able to have straight line!!!


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