Fun tools for shaping
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
After seeing some alaia boards a few years back I thought they looked like a fun building project. So I bought some fence boards or scavenged old cedar house siding and glued up a few blanks, and copied some shapes I had seen. I make a bunch in the 4 to 5 foot range and started riding them as belly boards. The funny thing is, these little boards have become my favorite type of alaia! I grab my 4 footer and fins and head out into either a nice clean day or mushy high tide small surf - it does not matter. I always find some sweet peelers either inside or outside in the lineup and usually get a couple nice little barrels. They are so much fun and super simple. They are much faster than a thick foam boogie board and way easier to paddle out and under bigger breaking waves. I almost always carry one or two in the car.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I've been using my 4" rotary sander to make my channels lately, but it is noisy and dusty, so I though I'd make a hollowing plane. I found some white oak in the rafters and roughed out the plane in about an hour. I had an old orphaned iron i'd been using as a scraper, so I reshaped it with a slight radius and put an edge on it.
After some finishing, it looked like this:
Nice! Even better, it works quietly and makes no dust.