I'll not derail this thread anymore (I do that enough!!) since it's got great input from in the know brahs like AO, Erock, and LB. If those vets can just recommend a sawhorse that will work to BCN's liking, he may be able to go through with this pipe dream. Dat perv loves his sawhorses!!!
nooo...that really was him?!?! too funny! how do the cops keep a straight face when they put em on people?
BCN should defintely go through with it. he'll get hooked if he puts some effort into the setup. having a place to shape is golden. if the parents are down then run with it. he'll never be bored again. plus, anyone can make boards. after all...they're toys!
I got a lot of "help" like you were giving when I first decided to make some boards. It wasn't useful. You offered some advice and a couple tools but if you don't have lights don't waste your time...? That doesn't make sense. If someone was saying "I'm quitting my job to become a shaper what should I do?" then that might be sound advice.
You're not a very good rapper.
Tell my Mom I said hi.
I did it with a basic garage, a saw ( to cut the shape out ) and a handheld sureform to shape. Plus you need to have a little block plane ( not a big one - it won't fit into the curve on the deck as you near the nose ) to get the stringer and you'll need some sandpaper. I found future boxes the easiest to install.
My blank / glass / resin came from WRV. They trucked it up to the Va Beach store where I picked it up. At the time the cost of materials for one at a time board making was about 250.00.
Go on the internet and look at Swaylocks. The site is a wealth of info on design and construction techniques. When my first glass job started to go off early ( halfway through the job ) I got on Swaylocks and had immediate advice from people all over the planet. Pretty cool.
Honestly, there is an art to it and you can buy a better board than you can make as an amateur but there is great satisfaction in it and you may get lucky and make a magic board.