Hey erock a buddy of mine makes hand planes. He uses holes or straps. Here's two of his, maybe you can figure out where he got the brackets for the nylon webbing. It worked pretty well, although to be honest I've only used each of them once. I didn't lose 'em and i caught some waves, success right.
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Thread: Experimenting With Hand Boards
Jul 19, 2013, 05:02 AM #41
Jul 19, 2013, 12:16 PM #42
I'll be down to enter that comp if I get these finished up by then. I won't have any to sell this time around, but seems like it could be fun.
After seeing the one with the strap I had a face-palm moment. As a sailor I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN a quick trip to West Marine would be all I needed. Thanks for posting a close up of the brand HARKEN... I feel like an idiot for not thinking about using halyard stop/guides.
How does that one with the ladybug and flower print work for you?
Jul 19, 2013, 05:40 PM #43
The one with the wheel on it looks like its had a few trips over a VERY SHALLOW reef. I wonder what his stomach looked like. Or maybe he was towing in the street behind a truck after Sandy. Ouch
Jul 19, 2013, 06:11 PM #44Member
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hey thanks for the kind words erock. These things are so much fun to make. I decided to make duplicates of the 3 different models. One set with the hole grab and the other set with a handstrap yet Ive yet to install the handstraps on them. Ive been searching the internet for some decent handstraps and havent really found any.
Jul 19, 2013, 07:48 PM #45Member
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There is a guy near me in Delmarva, Gregg Rosner, who makes handplanes (along with alaias and paipos). He uses Paulownia wood. I am pretty sure he glues the Paulownia boards together before shaping the handplane. Here is his website which hasn't been updated in awhile: http://cargocollective.com/rocketalaias.
I have one of his "loaners" and have used it a few times here in North OCMD. The loaner is too big for my taste (it is almost as big as a small bodyboard) and has the hole in the board for your fist. I used a handgun years ago, and prefer a smaller model with the strap style with no hole in the board.
I wanted to order a smaller, thinner model from him, but he is busy making a hollow wooden surfboard now and sounds like he will be tied up with this project for months.
So I would certainly consider buying one from youse guys here - I like what I see, so keep those pics of your work coming. The quality looks pretty darn good and I would love to support an artisan working with wood in a home shop for my next wave riding vehicle purchase.
Jul 19, 2013, 08:25 PM #46
Thanks man! Mine are prototypes, so they could spontaneously combust and create a sharknado the moment they hit the water for all I know. If these work good, I'll be confident enough to bust some out for some folks.
Oh yeah, I finally did a rough measurement on mine. They are 12.25" x 7.25"
Jul 19, 2013, 08:28 PM #47
Jul 19, 2013, 08:30 PM #48
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Jul 19, 2013, 08:33 PM #49
Jul 19, 2013, 09:39 PM #50
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That's exactly why I like a smaller, thinner board for me. Less of a risk of getting sucked over the falls and ripping your arm out of the socket haha. I want just enough to plane on and hold a higher line in the barrel, not a big hunk of wood on my hand.
In my opinion, the best handplanes on the market are Brownfish Handplanes. Check out his Hobbit model, so sick. They are a little pricey but the craftsmanship and quality is worth the price.