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    home shaping

    does anyone know where i can pick up blocks of polyurethane or polystyrene foam to save money and shipping from the websites that deal with blanks?

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    lowes or Home Depot sell foam blanks there like 15 dollars I think dependin on lenght

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    If i were you i would just go with a normal surf blank, home depot/lowes sell epx foam but even that is 30 bucks for a 4 x 8 sheet about 1 1/2" thick, so you would have to double it up glue in a stringer and then put the rocker in all by yourself, which depending on your ability level could be a pain in the butt!! With a normal poly blank they are pretty much take a lot of the hard work out because most have pretty close to the rocker template that you may need. So all said an done it is not cheaper nor even better to go with something other than a blank. Try to find one locally so you don't have to pay shipping there are a couple backyard shapers that would probably sell you one.

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    cool do you know anywhere i could pick up a blank locally maybe chauncey's. thanks for the help

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    check out this website: http://www.foamez.com/ they have a ton of stuff on there.

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    talk to doc at ocean atlantic. he has a few clark foam blanks laying around. i bought one last spring and made a pretty nice stick. also, talk to blair at chauncey's. he has access to ice-9 blanks. even though they may cost a little bit more than getting one online, you save shipping and have kept your money local.

    you can also look into a kit or blank from greenlight. nice fella there, too. real helpful.

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    greenroom board co in wilmington nc have marko foam blanks good prices too
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    Quote Originally Posted by mgarbutt View Post
    If i were you i would just go with a normal surf blank, home depot/lowes sell epx foam but even that is 30 bucks for a 4 x 8 sheet about 1 1/2" thick, so you would have to double it up glue in a stringer and then put the rocker in all by yourself, which depending on your ability level could be a pain in the butt!! With a normal poly blank they are pretty much take a lot of the hard work out because most have pretty close to the rocker template that you may need. So all said an done it is not cheaper nor even better to go with something other than a blank. Try to find one locally so you don't have to pay shipping there are a couple backyard shapers that would probably sell you one.

    would attaching two of those together with a stringer be a waste of time, you would have a 3'' thick block and being 4 feet wide you could make two for sixty bucks.

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    it would certainly be more time consuming than using a close-tolerance blank. but looking at the surf-cam, it looks like you have some time on your hands.

    i was able to 'obtain' a sheet of the green styrene used in building foundations and plan to do just what you propose as soon as it gets warm enough to work in the garage again. my plan is to laminate the two halves together and create the beginnings of a rocker by laying the halves on top of some 2x4's and weight 'em down with bags of pellet stove pellets. after that, cut the blank in half and glue in a luaun stringer. that should yield a rockered, rectangular blank 8-0x24"x4". shaving the excess down will take lots of time--even with a power planer.

    since i didn't have to pay for the foam, i won't be as p.o.'d if the project turns into a clusterfoink.

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    talk to your local shapers, alot of times they can sell you discount or reject blanks if you want just something to practice on.