Discussion in 'Global Surf Talk' started by Arsen, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. Arsen

    Arsen Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    I glued up some pine planks the other day for an 8' alaia with a swallow tail, parabolic rails and a deep concave/channel running from nose to tail. It's coming along well and am hoping to wrap up sanding by the end of today. I'll be oiling it for the next several days and wishing for some waves to take it out sometime this week! Stoked! I'll post some pics of it once it's completed.

    Here's a pic of my first alaia.
  2. pushpins

    pushpins Member

    Jan 29, 2009
    nice boards!!

    But yer in Florida wearing a 5/4/3...:D

  3. Arsen

    Arsen Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    Wish! That's a 3/2 that leaks! Time for a new 4/3 fo sho
  4. surfcolorado

    surfcolorado Guest

    Glue used

    Hey what was the glue you used to glue the pine?
    Oh and where the planks grooved or not?
    Thanks man!
    keep rippin
  5. Arsen

    Arsen Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    Gorilla Glue Wateproof. No tongue and groove. But should've put one in to make it extra sturdy. Stay stoked!
  6. choked out surfer

    choked out surfer Member

    Mar 4, 2009
    Please keep us all up dated on your prodject,post pic's plesae.
  7. Arsen

    Arsen Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    Will do. Split my pine alaia. 3 feet down from the nose. Now I'll be chopping it down an making a paipo out of it. Looks like tongue and grove is a must have. The board hit the sand bar hard and died 24 min into the session. It was a good board to polish up wood working skills. I'm planning on doing the same or very similar shape out of Paulownia.
  8. super fish

    super fish Well-Known Member

    Sep 2, 2008
    what dementions were you alaia boards? what kind of wood? how many planks? sizes? kind of glue and oil? how long did it take?

    I really want to start one as a project and im having trouble finding information on how to actually do it and where to get the materials.

  9. NCsurfer

    NCsurfer Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2009
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  10. Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2009

    Check out Swaylocks. Search " alaia" and you should get all the info you need to shape one.
    Good luck. :)
  11. surfinggreen

    surfinggreen New Member

    May 6, 2009

    We have some instructions for making alaias here -

    Also have free templates available if you email us through that page.

    Alaias are really easy to shape. If you can't find a ready to shape blank you can glue them up without too much hassle. For best results, don't use PVA, woodglue or even gorilla glue unless you are going to permanently seal it with resin or varnish.

    If you are only going to seal the wood with linseed or another oil, you should use marine grade epoxy glue. tongue and groove is not necessary if you use the right glue.