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QLD
85 Posts
Posted 8/3/2011, 9:15 pm        Report
ok so im thinking of having ago at making my own board. just for something to do when there isn't much wind. im thinking of making my first one out of plywood. anyone got any hints or tips to make the trial and error stage abit shorter? Cheers huddy
TAS
179 Posts
Posted 8/3/2011, 9:28 pm        Report
huddy said...
ok so im thinking of having ago at making my own board. just for something to do when there isn't much wind. im thinking of making my first one out of plywood. anyone got any hints or tips to make the trial and error stage abit shorter? Cheers huddy
Do a google search, so much info out there. I looked into it as I do alot of wood work but from what I have read getting the flex right will take a few go's.
WA
974 Posts
Posted 8/3/2011, 9:43 pm        Report
Maybe try making a skate first. It's the most simple type of board and there is loads of info from other peoples attempts/sucesses on kitescoop.
QLD
1515 Posts
Posted 8/3/2011, 10:16 pm        Report
huddy said...
ok so im thinking of having ago at making my own board. just for something to do when there isn't much wind. im thinking of making my first one out of plywood. anyone got any hints or tips to make the trial and error stage abit shorter? Cheers huddy
You are the bomb huddy haha Talk to Mario on the beach- guy that never rides a bigger kite than 9m He has been making custom boards for a long time and they are bloody awesome. You missed out on the perfect day in Pallarenda. I reckon you start thinking about boards when there is no wind. see ya and hang loose .
QLD
681 Posts
Posted 9/3/2011, 7:13 am        Report
Yer i was thinking the same thing . If ya do let us know how you got on with some pics. there is always tophat's video with a piece of wood check it out in video area .
SA
236 Posts
Posted 9/3/2011, 7:50 am        Report
Hey Huddy, I know all about making ply and balsa boards, what type of board you thinking of making? twintip, speed, surf ? I can send you a pm with some details if you like. cheers Tim
WA
396 Posts
Posted 9/3/2011, 8:16 am        Report
all i suggest is grab the first 'near enough' timber you can see, remove the hinges and handle, and the lock if its exterior, chuck it in and jump on. oh, and get someone on camera to share it with the rest of us.
NSW
994 Posts
Posted 9/3/2011, 8:26 am        Report
NSW
691 Posts
Posted 9/3/2011, 4:59 pm        Report
Ok about to do the same. 2x 6mm marine ply. Laminated together with epoxy glue on a rocker table. I will try to get about 25mm rocker at the ends flat between the straps. Single concave sanded to about 3mm. I will see how heavy It is before thinking about glassing it. Otherwise will use marine boat varnish. + snowboard inserts for straps and handle.
QLD
85 Posts
Posted 13/3/2011, 5:29 pm        Report
Genetrix said Hey Huddy, I know all about making ply and balsa boards, what type of board you thinking of making? twintip, speed, surf ? I can send you a pm with some details if you like. cheers Tim hey tim i was thinking of making a tiwntip first then later on down the track maybe making a surfboard as well (but i think ill see how the tt goes first) yer if u could pm me some details that would be great. Cheers huddy INTHELOOP said Talk to Mario on the beach- guy that never rides a bigger kite than 9m He has been making custom boards for a long time and they are bloody awesome. You missed out on the perfect day in Pallarenda. I reckon you start thinking about boards when there is no wind. hey marv yer i was thinking of having a yarn to him. ive seen a couple of his home made ones sitting on the beach. they look pretty sweet yer i no haha. im still hanging out to get my new kite sick of patching that f***ing 14m haha cheers bro catch u down palla. P.S. anyone mind sharing how to put wat someone said in the yellow box thing sick of retyping everything. haha
WA
974 Posts
Posted 13/3/2011, 6:39 pm        Report
huddy said...
Genetrix said Hey Huddy, I know all about making ply and balsa boards, what type of board you thinking of making? twintip, speed, surf ? I can send you a pm with some details if you like. cheers Tim hey tim i was thinking of making a tiwntip first then later on down the track maybe making a surfboard as well (but i think ill see how the tt goes first) yer if u could pm me some details that would be great. Cheers huddy INTHELOOP said Talk to Mario on the beach- guy that never rides a bigger kite than 9m He has been making custom boards for a long time and they are bloody awesome. You missed out on the perfect day in Pallarenda. I reckon you start thinking about boards when there is no wind. hey marv yer i was thinking of having a yarn to him. ive seen a couple of his home made ones sitting on the beach. they look pretty sweet yer i no haha. im still hanging out to get my new kite sick of patching that f***ing 14m haha cheers bro catch u down palla. P.S. anyone mind sharing how to put wat someone said in the yellow box thing sick of retyping everything. haha
Press "Quote" botton on their post.
QLD
509 Posts
Posted 13/3/2011, 7:07 pm        Report
When I was learning 2003-ish some of the crew where vaccuum bagging really nice looking TT's - with the trend over the last few years to really flexible and thin tips - the materials look to have moved on from surf board and wood style. Having said that the youngster wanted a wake skate for B'day ... but since the shipment was delayed his fancy moved on - but the idea didn't. Here are the results... approx $29.00 each. - Mark 1 the small one. - Mark 2 slightly bigger. - Mark 2.. Read in one of the posts above - 'a rocker table' - will have to investigate that!! I got the steam iron and some table clothes and warped them over some wood with clamped weights at each end - chinese laundry style Next trick is likley a large race style board as the shape appears to be simpler than the ultra thin multi-shaped TT's. Great fun - kid loved working on it. Cheers AP
NSW
246 Posts
Posted 13/3/2011, 7:21 pm        Report
QLD
85 Posts
Posted 13/3/2011, 8:32 pm        Report
ApatheticEnd said...
huddy said...
Genetrix said Hey Huddy, I know all about making ply and balsa boards, what type of board you thinking of making? twintip, speed, surf ? I can send you a pm with some details if you like. cheers Tim hey tim i was thinking of making a tiwntip first then later on down the track maybe making a surfboard as well (but i think ill see how the tt goes first) yer if u could pm me some details that would be great. Cheers huddy INTHELOOP said Talk to Mario on the beach- guy that never rides a bigger kite than 9m He has been making custom boards for a long time and they are bloody awesome. You missed out on the perfect day in Pallarenda. I reckon you start thinking about boards when there is no wind. hey marv yer i was thinking of having a yarn to him. ive seen a couple of his home made ones sitting on the beach. they look pretty sweet yer i no haha. im still hanging out to get my new kite sick of patching that f***ing 14m haha cheers bro catch u down palla. P.S. anyone mind sharing how to put wat someone said in the yellow box thing sick of retyping everything. haha
Press "Quote" botton on their post.
how did i not see that haha thanks bro
QLD
85 Posts
Posted 13/3/2011, 8:37 pm        Report
TOAD said...
u got some nice looking boards there bro im a carpenter so i love the wood look. what did u make your foot straps out of if u dont mind me asking
NSW
691 Posts
Posted 13/3/2011, 8:41 pm        Report
^^^ toad, pretty impressive quiver. Do you have any tips on plywood construction. I have used 2x7mm ply, and currently laminated with epoxy glue, waiting for the rocker to set. What did you use for strap inserts, and final coats. Ta kr
QLD
86 Posts
Posted 13/3/2011, 8:43 pm        Report
My next board....
QLD
85 Posts
Posted 13/3/2011, 8:53 pm        Report
kyteryder said...
^^^ toad, pretty impressive quiver. Do you have any tips on plywood construction. I have used 2x7mm ply, and currently laminated with epoxy glue, waiting for the rocker to set. What did you use for strap inserts, and final coats. Ta kr
hey kyteryder i know this wasnt directed at me but i think some of thise Tee Nuts could be a good idea. Stainless-steel Tee Nuts to attach footstraps to board: Drill a hole to fit the barrel, then hammer in the locking prongs until the tee nut is flush with the bottom surface of your board. they should be plenty strong. Stronger than a human ankle anyway. im going to go investergate them this week see if i can get some from a local suppiler cheers huddy
TAS
179 Posts
Posted 13/3/2011, 9:02 pm        Report
huddy said...
kyteryder said...
^^^ toad, pretty impressive quiver. Do you have any tips on plywood construction. I have used 2x7mm ply, and currently laminated with epoxy glue, waiting for the rocker to set. What did you use for strap inserts, and final coats. Ta kr
hey kyteryder i know this wasnt directed at me but i think some of thise Tee Nuts could be a good idea. Stainless-steel Tee Nuts to attach footstraps to board: Drill a hole to fit the barrel, then hammer in the locking prongs until the tee nut is flush with the bottom surface of your board. they should be plenty strong. Stronger than a human ankle anyway. im going to go investergate them this week see if i can get some from a local suppiler cheers huddy
We supply them to a local guy who builds his own TT boards here in WA. Should be able to get them at any good local fastener supplier (nuts and bolts) of a specialist marine store. S/S ones aren't cheap but worth it for the ease of use. Oh and usually only available in 1/4 imperial thread, not metric!!
NSW
691 Posts
Posted 13/3/2011, 9:11 pm        Report
^^ thanks huddy. I have been looking for t nuts stainless steel, but have to go to a specialist fasteners supplier. I thought there maybe something better available. In the USA they have snowboarding inserts, which seem really good, as they have a plastic cap which prevents the epoxy getting in the threads when building the board. There is heaps of great info on kite forum Link below http://www.kiteforum.com/viewforum.php?f=107 KR
NSW
246 Posts
Posted 14/3/2011, 9:29 am        Report
Sounds like you guys are on the right track . I just experimented with different stuff I could scroung up . went to a few of the shops and looked through there bargain boxes .You can pick up cheap fins and stuff . I've actually broken a couple of those boards since ,but still have a couple left . Good fun to have a blast on . Some worked well in the right conditions . Some didn't work too well .. I tried to make some staps from webbing and rubber from Clark Rubber ...
WA
211 Posts
Posted 14/3/2011, 11:58 am        Report
mofo said...
My next board....
My new hero
QLD
2007 Posts
Posted 14/3/2011, 1:09 pm        Report
Green Cherub said...
mofo said... My next board....
My new hero
Slave would be happy. no death leash! I guess if he stacks it and he's unhooked he just swims for his kite?
QLD
1166 Posts
Posted 14/3/2011, 11:27 pm        Report
WA
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Posted 15/3/2011, 1:58 am        Report
huddy said...
kyteryder said...
^^^ toad, pretty impressive quiver. Do you have any tips on plywood construction. I have used 2x7mm ply, and currently laminated with epoxy glue, waiting for the rocker to set. What did you use for strap inserts, and final coats. Ta kr
hey kyteryder i know this wasnt directed at me but i think some of thise Tee Nuts could be a good idea. Stainless-steel Tee Nuts to attach footstraps to board: Drill a hole to fit the barrel, then hammer in the locking prongs until the tee nut is flush with the bottom surface of your board. they should be plenty strong. Stronger than a human ankle anyway. im going to go investergate them this week see if i can get some from a local suppiler cheers huddy
after pulling a few inserts out of production boards we ended up using those stainless T nuts, just drilled through the bottom, then used one of those wide bladed drill bits (forgot the name) to thin the core out just a bit so that (A)the insert gets a bit closer to the top deck so you dont need mammoth screws and (B) so that it's flush at the bottom after filling it with resin. these end up holding up stronger than most production boards inserts did.
NSW
691 Posts
Posted 15/3/2011, 9:09 pm        Report
Huddy, I have just taken my clamps off board off the whilst setting the rocker, I have read that the plywood will spring back about 30-40%. I set my rocker at about 60mm at the ends, and flat in the middle. The rocker came out tonight at about 40mm, which i am happy with, which is about 33%. so definately allow the 30-40% spring back. Just finished marking out all inserts and have temporarily screwed the fins on, now starting to look like a kiteboard. Good luck with your progress. Kr
QLD
681 Posts
Posted 16/3/2011, 7:30 am        Report
kytrider . Any chance of some pics of it during and the finsh . Looks like winter is going to be crap here too good project to do . What timber and ect too would be helpfull Thanks in advance
NSW
691 Posts
Posted 16/3/2011, 9:04 am        Report
Surface2air, Here are some pics. I cheated on my first attempt, and not used a rocker table. The 3 bags of cement were used to help flatten out the rocker under the footstraps. I haven't taken any photos yet of the board without the clamps, but am pretty stoke how it is turning out. I will update as the board progresses. KR
NSW
691 Posts
Posted 16/3/2011, 9:09 am        Report
The timber is 7mm CD Grade plywood from Bunnies, which i was stoked they only charged me $19 for x 2400x1200 sheet instead of $30. CD Grade isn't the best grade to use, but i had time on the weekend to make a start, and was the only thing i could find on Friday / Sat morning. Marine Ply would be the best pick, then AA Grade ply. I will be sealing my board with marine varnish 4 x coats, which will give it a good water tight seal. KR
TAS
179 Posts
Posted 16/3/2011, 9:32 am        Report
kyteryder said...
The timber is 7mm CD Grade plywood from Bunnies, which i was stoked they only charged me $19 for x 2400x1200 sheet instead of $30. CD Grade isn't the best grade to use, but i had time on the weekend to make a start, and was the only thing i could find on Friday / Sat morning. Marine Ply would be the best pick, then AA Grade ply. I will be sealing my board with marine varnish 4 x coats, which will give it a good water tight seal. KR
Varnish is not a sealer in a rough marine environment. It is fine on something like a motor yacht hand rail but on a board if it gets chipped it will come off easily and expose raw ply to the ocean which will suck in water like a sponge. Use an dilluted epoxy sealer first like Bote-Cote TPRDA mix, International Everdure etc. first which will saturate your ply. Two coats of that (first thinner than the second) then put varnish over the top to stop UV rays attacking the epoxy and to get a nicer finish. If you use the Bote-Cote with non-yellowing hardener it will be fine in the sun and not need varnish at all.
NSW
691 Posts
Posted 16/3/2011, 9:46 am        Report
Rumblefish Thanks for the info, i may have to relook at the varnish idea, though am concerned on adding a lot of weight with epoxy, which was my first choice. Do you think the application of varnish or epoxy would add the same weight? I considered varnish, as the board spends most of its life in the boot of my car, with about 3 days of use per week at about 3 hours a time, and thought that it wasnt as harsh as the under carriage of a boat, but happy to apply epoxy if it doesnt weigh it down too much. I have picked up a few handmade boards in the past, and some of them have been really heavy. Look forward to your advice. KR
 
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