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Postby erzats » Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:16 pm

my 10' log came out expensive because I made mistakes that sent me to the local fiberglass place to buy more stuff. probably around $400 if I did everything right. I'm looking at shaping something shorter soon and that will be in the $250 range.
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Postby Ceedog » Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:51 pm

speelyei wrote:excellent, ceedog!

for you guys building boards, not including tools, what's your total cost for blank, glass, resin, fin boxes, etc. ?


WC and I got some old Clark blanks from a friend of an OSPer for $60 ea.

Most of the expense is gonna be the blank so $60-150 depending on length(also shipping). A lot of the marine supply stores have 6oz(and heavier) cloth but probably won't have 4oz and their cost is about the same as ordering online when you factor in shipping. They'll also have epoxy and poly resin but the price can be high.

So my cost:
Blank $60
Cloth $30
poly resin $30
future fins/boxes(no frills) $35
leashplug $2

=$157

Add a liberal $10-15 for paint, if wanted, and you got a really cheap new board. But if you order a blank from the web add another $30-70.
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Postby Ceedog » Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:57 pm

wanty wrote:that looks great ceedog. i'd love to surf a tri-fin fish sometime. my twin-fin is quite squirrely.


My walden tri-fish is my go to and it can handle pretty much anything. I've ridden it as a twin once and was ok for a <WH day.
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Postby Moe » Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:33 pm

I just got done building my first board. I purchased a kit from fiberglass supply and had family bring it when they came to visit so no shipping. Total supplies probably came to around $225-250. Made plenty of mistakes along the way but it was an amazing learning experience. It definitely doesn't look perfect but I definitely don't surf perfect :). I am leaving room for improvement.

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Postby Ceedog » Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:25 pm

Nice Moe! Did you haveany trouble with the lap lines and the glass on fins. I used futures both times so haven't tried glass ons yet.
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Postby Moe » Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:45 pm

Thanks Ceedog. I did have a hard time with the lap lines. I had an issue with glassing the bottom that I won't get into but it basically didn't kick like it was supposed to and bled through the tape. After dealing with that and a few other things I was slightly annoyed so I wasn't as concerned with how the laps were going to turn out. I ended up putting the big pin line on the deck to help hide a little of the ugly lap. The fins didn't go too bad. I ended up doing a ton of sanding and as you can probably tell I could have done more. I got to surf it this weekend and it was fun, definitely a different feel.
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Postby erzats » Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:31 pm

that will look good on/in the element! (Just kidding)

Seriously, nice job. Looks like you tackled some ambitious stuff and came out looking good. How long is it? look sub 6'...?

One question, it looks like the left (in the photo) fin is toed out? Is that illusion, intention, or other? Maybe that's how twinnies are supposed to be and I just don't know.

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Postby Moe » Tue Dec 15, 2009 7:05 pm

Erzats,

I am going to claim other... The picture is a little of an illusion because it isn't that bad but it is toed out a tiny bit and no it wasn't supposed to be.

Long story short... I messed up :). I was in a hurry when I was setting the fins (mistake) and the fin shifted slightly under the tape. I thought it wasn't terribly noticeable but apparently I picked a perfect angle to accentuate it.

Oh and the board is deceiving, it's 6'6ish.
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Postby erzats » Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:39 pm

Both fins I've ever placed are crooked in a major way. I was just wondering.

I guess if you feel like the fins are bothersome, you can always reset a whole lot easier than with a fin box.

Board looks awesome. I'm thinking of shaping a 6'6" fish soon too. I'll be happy if it comes out looking as good.
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Postby Moe » Wed Dec 16, 2009 6:58 am

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Postby Ceedog » Wed Dec 16, 2009 8:10 am

Don't worry too much about the fin Moe. I found a 3/4" fin skew on my template board and it rides great.
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Postby speelyei » Wed Dec 16, 2009 2:27 pm

Moe, that looks great! I couldn't see the pics at work, just got to see 'em. Nice work!
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Postby Gazsurf » Wed Dec 16, 2009 3:49 pm

Nice work Moe......
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Postby Moe » Wed Dec 16, 2009 5:07 pm

Thanks guys.

Ceedog, looking forward to seeing some more pics when you are done with glassing...
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Postby Ceedog » Wed Dec 16, 2009 5:27 pm

Might be a while, my board building budget got hijacked by Christmas.
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