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  1. #1
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    Experimenting With Hand Boards

    Well, I got bored last weekend and realized I haven't made anything in the shop recently--my last project was almost every evening and almost every weekend for over 4 months building a custom queen sized bed with incorporated foot trunk, two shadow box end tables and a shadow box coffee table. (a paying project) So, after a month long hiatus I was getting the itch to build something new.

    I didn't want to get too involved with something I would have had to commit serious amounts of time to, but I knew I wanted to experiment with something I've never done--building some sort of water craft. I figured I should start small, so I decided to mess around with some hand boards. I started going through my racks of scraps and cut-offs and pulled out some OG Heart Pine, Black Walnut, Quilted Maple and Wenge. I commenced with re-sawing, dimensioning, planing and joining and wound up with some stock I could make a couple blanks from. While they were glued up I sketched out a fat fish-like template on cardboard and cut it out with an exacto knife when I was satisfied with the lines.

    (I will go ahead and apologize in advance for the crappy pics taken from a dusty cell phone)

    On to drawing out the template and cutting the rough shape:
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    One one plane I went with a classic offset stripe using the OG Pine for the majority, a smaller strip of Black Walnut and finished off with some Quilted Maple. The other one is dominantly Quilted Maple with a Wenge "stringer."

    I'm trying to incorporate as many variables as I can to see if any make a difference in performance, so I decided to do the Pine one as a deep stepped single concave with two incorporated skegs at the tail and the Maple one with a single vee throughout most of the board and deep double concave. Since I'm experimenting I just drew reference lines on the boards, broke out a router, stuck a 1 1/2" fluting bit in it and went to town:

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    Now that I had the boards fully roughed out it was time to get down to what represents over 50% of carpentry... sanding.
    This is where I realized I should have been a little more careful in routing the concaves when stepping the bit down. My lines turned out fairly straight and uniform, but leaving those harsh transitions doubled my sanding time.
    I sanded my rail profiles on the bottoms then flipped the boards over, threw a 1/2" round-over bit on the router and did the same on the top, fairing out the noses and slightly rounding the tails with more considerable sanding. Then I filled some knot voids with epoxy and that's pretty much how they sit right now.
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    I'm leaning towards finishing them with Helmsman spar urethane but will probably start using epoxy in the future.

    I still haven't figured out what I am going to use for the hand straps and exactly how I'm going to attach them to the boards. I'll probably go a quick and dirty route on these then upgrade on the next ones I make.

    That's it for now, I hope to get some more done on them over the next few days. I hope y'all enjoy!

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    Hell, at some point I'll even measure them and post the dimensions.... I have no idea what they are.

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    Nice work, Erock.

    Do you make coffee tables?

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    That is some solid work. I got one at a local shop on sale and its a ton of fun. You can't help but 'plane out' once you get your weight behind it. Lets see some footage of you getting a 1 foot tube!

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    looks good how long did this take you?

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    Nice work. I want one.

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    Great minds think alike I guess. I had some extra sapelle scraps laying around and made these two. More work to come. Got some keels foiled out too.

    I like the detail on the one with the lighter wood on the right side. Looking good.IMG_3867.jpg

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    Did you use a router to put the channels in?