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 Post subject: Few new boards
PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 11:25 pm 
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Sizes are 141x41, 134x39 and 131x37.
All are 1/4" birch doubled for the core.
1 - 3.7 ounce fiberglass hand laid top and bottom (the pink boards I did two layers of fiberglass)
ABS rails
Stainless Steel inserts
All have quite a bit of concave.

One thing I discovered is there is a major difference in the quality of wood you can purchase. The first two boards I built I just bought the $15 4x8x 1/4" birch from menards. The first board snapped right under the footstrap after about 3/4 of a season. The second board is the Reign pictured here and I am hoping it doesn't snap. I built the other boards from the $30 dollar version, which if you look at the sides of these sheets there is a real difference. The good wood has 5 solid layers, where the cheap stuff looks like 2 of the layers are real nasty looking.

The Reign does a good job in the chop and has a lot of flex. I did change the next boards rocker line because this one has a symetrical rocker line and the tips don't flare up and sometimes I can bury the front of the board if I ride it too flat.

The Zion is probably the best board I built and rides great in flat and in the chop. The rocker that I changed is more of a 3 stage where towards the tips the rocker line flares up more. This made a huge difference in the tip not getting buried and not catching a edge in the chop.

The Divine (wife's board) has more of a skate feel and doesn't have near the flex of the others because of the double layered fiberglass. I did the double layer on this one after my first board snapped. This is also the fastest of the boards.

Hopefully some of you can use some of this info and save yourself some time and money. Fire away with any questions.

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 Post subject: Re: Few new boards
PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2009 9:08 pm 
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Looks like nice work, like the bottom on the "zion" :thumb:


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 Post subject: Re: Few new boards
PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:16 pm 
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I built the other boards from the $30 dollar version, which if you look at the sides of these sheets there is a real difference.


That sounds like Baltic/Russian Birch. It's the good stuff, a little heavy but void free, strong, and nice flex. You can sometimes find it in 1/8" sheets too.

Great looking boards. What type of paint did you use? Are all the graphics stencils?


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 Post subject: Re: Few new boards
PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2009 11:15 pm 
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On one of the boards I used Automotive paint. One of the auto stores in town can put it in a spray can for you. That is one way to get any color you want since they have thousands. On the others I just used any spray paint from any hardware store. Finished them off with a clear coat with UV protection.

On some of the boards I used a stencil, the others are lots of tape, patience and time. At the fabric stores they had some fabrics that have patterns that are see through and they work great for a stencil. I tried using 100% cotton fabric sublaminated under the fiberglass on one of them, but without vacuum bagging I ended up with a few bubbles. So I would not recommend it without the vacuum bagging.


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