My FIRST board, (before the molded Foam & Carbon) was 3/8" ((exterior ply)) from Home Depot. 4oz glass with a bit of 50K carbon uni & epoxy finish.
I made the rocker with strips of various thickness wood, Taped to the cement floor. I pre-cut the board 1/2" Larger than the finish outline then tossed it into the Hot-Tub for an Hour ; took it out & placed it on the rocker-table with Bricks on top then let dry over-night.
Took 3 tries before it took to the desired shape. Jumped into building a Mold for a carbon & Foam one, the moment i saw how the plywood one looked !!
I recommend Ya make your first board a BIG one, & don't spend a Lot of time on it !!
This was my first Carbon & Foam one , it's a 158 X 47 ; still ride it in light wind :
Yeah it's quite a big board. I figure for starting out it will make things easier. I can always cut it down later or convert it into a table or wall hanging. Just set the rocker today so I'm going to leave it for a day or so and see how it turns out.
The set-up is about 3cm of plywood underneath the board and a couple of cases of pop just off center on both ends. Here's to hoping it turns out well.
Has anyone tried to bend the plywood with a steam cleaner. A friend of mine was did this for other purposes, not for a kiteboard. As I understand high temperature softens the glue in layers of plywood, so after cooling playwood keeps the current form.
Just pulled the board off the "rocker table" and it looks to have work quite well. There was a few spots where the veneer lifted but a little wood glue and some clamping took care of that. Going to give the glue 24 hours to set and the stain it tomorrow. I rounded the rails slightly with a power sander but imagine they would still be considered a straight rail.
Finally stained the board and it looks to be ready for either sealer and the mounts for the footpads and fins. I think I may want to epoxy the board yet in which case I assume that I'll need to place the mounts first. Any suggestions for a good mounting method for the footpads? I was thinking of using stainless steel T nuts.
There is some discolouring on the board, I think just due to an uneven surface. It looks much worse in the picture than it actually is.