Just read through this whole thread again and it's inspiring me to get going on my build. I've been sitting on some paulonia and red cedar all winter and I think it's time to get started. Nice work ClemsonSurf!
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Thread: Hollow wooden surfboard
Mar 22, 2013, 04:54 PM #51
Mar 22, 2013, 07:34 PM #52
I had to keep reminding myself that I'm not making a high performance board that will magically make me win contests and I've also come to the conclusion that I'm probably not gonna be the best surfer but I may have the best looking board (unique at least).
Mar 22, 2013, 10:04 PM #53Junior Member
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Making a light HWS is a real challenge. I've been using 1/8" plywood but it needs to be reinforced inside and outside. At the time of my first board, the unavailability of e-glass made me glass the board with chopped strand mat, which is a PITA to work with and you need yo sand a lot to end with a decent surface. It was heavy but indestructible. After that, I glassed 2 board with the proper fiberglass and they didn't came as light as I supposed. Think the weight is in the inner structure and on rails (solid plywood - Jensen style). Venting is always a problem, but now you can buy goretex vents which simplify things a lot. For the last 2 boards I filled them with canned insulation foam, and no vent at all. Next time I'll do the same, with no inner reinforcing, a lighter structure (with cross members every 6", maybe 4" to support the deck)and hollow rails, to see if this helps. If I can get 1 lb per foot of lenght, I'll be satisfied.
Last edited by jackst; Mar 22, 2013 at 10:06 PM.
Mar 23, 2013, 12:03 AM #54Banned
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Jun 22, 2013, 01:49 PM #55
Check out HWS #2!
This one is significantly lighter than my last one and a much cheaper build. It has a single concave throughout and I'm going with a quad. Not much to change now but the fins are not set yet. Any opinions on where they are now? I may go a little further back and closer to the rails but not much.
It's about 6'3"x22"x3".
Jun 22, 2013, 02:46 PM #56
Jun 22, 2013, 03:03 PM #57
Looks pretty good. What should the final weight be?
Jun 22, 2013, 07:02 PM #58Senior Member
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Looks great! When will it be finished?
Jun 22, 2013, 07:17 PM #59
Is there a touch of hip in the outline? And what is the tail width? On really wide tails, I like to go in from the rail a bit more than "normal" tails. I also like no more than 1 1/4" between the leading edge of the rears, and the trailing edge of the fronts, with the rears set about 1/8" more in from the rail than the fronts. This is for single foiled fins.
What are the fin layout numbers you're thinking about?
Jun 22, 2013, 10:08 PM #60
Is this all plywood construction?