Saturday, May 11, 2013

James's Alley Slider under way


 I have designed the new board for James Mason from Adelaide in AKU and sent him screen shots to check out. It will be 9ft x 23" x 3 1/4" .Then I design a custom blank and get it hot wire cut from VH EPS.
 It comes in 2 pieces ready for me to glue in a 5mm Paulownia stringer. The blank is cut to allow for the 5mm thickness of the stringer and the thickness of the rails bands that will be laminated on.The thickness of the blank is over size depth wise so that the guys can position the board file within it easily.
 After the stringer is in I glue up the first Paulownia rail band right around the blank. So that the blank is stiff and ready to go to the AKU machine to be cut.
 This way when the board is cut minus the thickness of the deck and bottom skins which in this case will be 6mm deck and 4mm bottom , the machine cuts the stringer and foils the wooden rail band at the same time.
This is the cut board ready to be shipped to James who will vacuum bag the 6mm deck and 4mm bottom skins on before laminating the 20mm of rails in Paulownia as well. Shape the rails and route in the fin box and he is there. He just needs to choose what he wants to finish it with. Lanolin and unglassed , a hot coat or two of epoxy and a light sand or if he wanted a little more weight in the board he could get it glassed with 2 or 4oz cloth and glass. Each will do the job of sealing the board. Each will cost and weigh a little more, Either way you will end up with a great board. For more info on this contact me.

Monday, May 6, 2013

6ft 6" x 22" Slimmons for Brian

 Stringerless EPS and epoxy for this one
Full length concave that starts narrow in the nose between the hullish entry. Full width concave in the middle with hard rail and the concave tapers out through the middle in the tail.

Work in progress ...

I picked up a blank and started drawing and sanding a few ideas. This is as far as I have got so far.

 Still in need of some fine tuning and finishing
 A fun process