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    those who build their own board

    I was interested in building a board. What websites do you get your materials from. What tools would you suggest buying (I have none related to building a board).

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by super fish View Post
    I was interested in building a board. What websites do you get your materials from. What tools would you suggest buying (I have none related to building a board).

    Thanks
    Greenlight! http://greenlightsurfsupply.com/
    They've got the beginner kits to get you going.

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    Foamez.com has everything you'd need to make stuff if you want to do a different route than Greenlight. Blanks though are more $ to ship than they cost by themselves... I'd say check to see if any local shapers can sell you a blank.

    Tools you NEED are:
    Electric planer
    Block planes
    Sureform (6" & 12")
    Sanding block
    Wood file
    Handsaw

    If you dont want to spend big bucks on an electric planer, Harbor Freight sells a 30 dollar cheap one. You won't be shaping railbands with a planer yet anyways so it gets the job done.

    The more stuff you can buy without it being shipped, the cheaper. For instance, Greenroom is half an hour from my house so I can get Marko eps, fiberglass, and epoxy resin. Search around.

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    swaylocks.com will be your best resource.

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    ive bought some blanks at a good price from http://pauhanasurfsupply.com
    foamez and greenlight will have you covered on the glass and resin.
    and if this is your first board go with probox fin systems, but you will need a router.
    what do you wanna shape? EPS or traditional PU?
    Last edited by wesman944; Apr 23, 2011 at 06:02 PM.

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    greenlight has a shop in belmar that is well equipped

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    Quote Originally Posted by wesman944 View Post
    ive bought some blanks at a good price from http://pauhanasurfsupply.com
    foamez and greenlight will have you covered on the glass and resin.
    and if this is your first board go with probox fin systems, but you will need a router.
    what do you wanna shape? EPS or traditional PU?
    It is my first time shaping. Which is more durable, the eps or pu?

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    eps is most durable, but is a little harder to shape than PU.
    PU is really straight forward but the resin is more toxic than epoxy, but as long as you have a good respirator ($30 at home depot) and some gloves you'll be fine. PU is cheaper too.
    i recommend shaping PU on your first board, get the shaping 101 by John Carper dvd, and glassing 101 dvd, your board will turn out alot better.http://www.foamez.com/shaping-101-dvd-p-72.html http://www.foamez.com/glassing-101-dvd-p-81.html

    or if you want to go the eps/epoxy route http://www.foamez.com/epoxy-101-dvd-duo-pack-p-663.html

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    Greenlight Surf Supply all the way. Support the local places and they'll support you back. Brian is awesome and has everything you need.

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    Can somebody give me a rough estimate on how much it would cost to build my own board, and how difficult it is.