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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by absurfer View Post
    does ne1 know how to make wod boards or where you can get the wood and what kind of wood you need for a shortboard
    I built a wood longboard out of a kit from grain surfboards, it came out pretty sweet. I dont think wood lends itself to performance shortboards, but they have some cool fish shapes and retro board kits too.

    The grain boards use cedar, which is sorta weird, my board is about 24 pounds, its a 10' log though. They use a system thats more like boat-building (which is also a hobby of mine), you build a skeleton frame on top of a rocker table, and then plank the skeleton with thin cedar boards, then shape down the final product you want + put a very light glassing on top. The finished product is very nearly hollow inside.

    I only use the grain board in knee-waist mushburgers (the rest of the time i shortboard), but it works great in that so far, wood is a very different feel from anything else.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Ocean City, MD
    been building balsa skin / eps foam boards for a couple years. Love them. I learned how to do most of my shaping and glassing from this site. www.swaylocks.com Its a huge online forum for surfboard builders. I started out buying pre-cut blanks from online sites, got tired of the costs and quality. Hotwire cutting out blanks from blocks of foam is the way to go, i pay about 10 bucks a blank now. Its really time consuming to do the initial set up, but if your going to make a bunch of boards its the way to go. Home depot foam is a waste of time. I order my balsa wood from this site http://www.specializedbalsa.com/products/
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  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by absurfer View Post
    does ne1 know how to make wod boards or where you can get the wood and what kind of wood you need for a shortboard
    My little brother makes hollow wooden surfboards. I am not going to give his # out on the net but private message me and I can help you out!

  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by frylock89 View Post
    Hey, has anyone tried one of those kits off that site? Or would it be better just to get as blank and get the rest seperatly?
    I would recommend against kits altogether. Do a bit of research, and buy the blank, resin, cloth, and fin system separately. Don't pay someone else to do your thinking for you.

    As Oblovesaid, these guys are friendly, have a great catalogue, unbeatable prices, and have all the components you need to make a board.


  5. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by absurfer View Post
    where can you get the stuff to make a board in new jersey around monmouth beach
    Greenlight is the place to get your shaping supplies on the East Coast. If you're looking to make your own board, why pay crazy shipping charges across the country?

    We stock blanks, fiberglass, Resin Reseach Epoxy, ProBox Fin Systems, tools, etc.
    Of course you can make a board out of Greenlight bamboo materials and methods we developed as well.

    Complete kits were created specifically for first time shapers and come with all the materials, tools, comprehensive video instruction, and online support. We even have downloadable templates to make it easy.

    Check it all out here:


    Feel free to contact us anytime with questions



  6. #16
    Join Date
    Sep 2008

    Making boards ...

    I have made a few. You can learn a lot if you go to www.swaylocks.com.It is an international surfboard design and construction forum and the people on the forum will be happy to help you. Concerning materials you have to be careful. The polyester resin ( like Silmar ) used on surfboards is water clear. The stuff at home depot is the color of gasoline and stays that way after it sets up. Makes the board look 10 years old immediately. You might be able to buy a gallon of Silmar poly from a local surfboard builder. Also if you use styrofoam ( EPS ) you HAVE to use epoxy resin because polyester will melt it. Poly can only go on a polyurethane blank ( although epoxy can go on either ). Design wise there are subtleties of rocker that can make or break a board. You can make something that looks like a surfboard and even comes out with a satisfying glass job only to find out that it just doesn't work very well. That being said, if you get the right material it's fun to make your own board.

  7. #17
    Hey Ab,

    No offense to most of the others above, but a kit would probably be your best bet. If you never shaped a board don't have tools, info., etc. the greenlight kit most likely would be your best bet in light of their package. Buying from foamez is fine, but their kits don't include tools plus you have to think about shipping...GL is located in philly which is relatively close to you and you could just pick it up.

    just my 2 cents....

  8. #18
    i would honestly love to build a wooden board some day, i love woodworking.

  9. #19

    Thumbs up balsa wood

    hello gentleman,

    if you need balsa wood please contact us.

    For now, we just can supply for size 1mm,1,5mm,2mm,2,5mm and 3mm. Because we don't have cutting machine to cut other size. But if you really need balsa with various size (stick) we can use sawmill factory and your minimal order must be 1 container.
    The price for 1mm=USD0.50, 1.5mm=USD0.55, 2mm = USD0.60, 2.5mm=USD0.65, 3mm=USD0.70

    If you need balsa block, we can supply with size 4cm X 10cm X 915cm-950cm (price is usd450/cbm fob Surabaya), because Our government regulation just allow export if the block wood has thickness x width less than 4000mm.

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  10. #20
    If you're interested in building a hollow wooden board, check out Rich Blundell's Tree to Sea forum:

    I'm building a board from Rich's 9 foot "Wing" plans.