Our modern interpretation of Tom Blake's work is the perimeter stringer method utilizing laminated rails as stringers, which are connected with a series of plywood ribs.
This skeleton is subsequently sheathed with thick wood strips, forming a fast hollow board with better flex properties and giving you a sick ride.
Once you shape it out you need to seal it up with a coat of resin and fiberglass (or bamboo).
How cool is that, putting together your own board eco style just like the OG surfers of the past.
It's a great project and there is nothing like surfing your own personally made board.
So, here is how you do it, 6 Easy Steps!
- Pick the BOARD you want (fish, long, short).
- Choose the KIT type:
- ADD FRAME = frame only (you buy your own materials to finish)
- ADD COMPLETE KIT OR NO KIT (we send you all the WOOD you feed to wrap your board)
- Load it in the chart and then we'll send it out.
- FREE shipping on this baby (lower 48 states only).
Oh yea, all the kits come with complete electric assembly manuals and a video is included that will show you the glassing process step-by-step.
We got your back with lots of great instructions.
Get one today, you'll love it.
1) You order your kit here
picking the size and style
2) The kits are cut from mahogany on a CNC machine (don't you wish you had one!)
3) Your frame kit arrives at your front door in custom package and UPS guy swears at you for the order.
4) The ribs and spar are punched out and the frame is built just like an airplane wing (remember those?)
5) The numbered ribs are slipped into notches in the spar.
6) Ribs and spar are mounted using scrap sticks and a hot melt glue gun (don't sniff the gun bro).
7) The center strip is critical and is the first one installed. The remaining wood strips are added two at a time.
8) Plastic wrapping film (or clamps) is stretched into a string and looped around and under the ribs to hold the planks tight while the glue dries. Or just get your wife to hold them for a few hours while you go surf.
9) Once deck if finished the frame is extremely rigid, the sticks are snapped off and the glue spots removed.
10) Blocks are added at the tail for the fin box and leash cup.
11) The bottom planks are installed and rough balsa planks on the bottom (or whatever you want).
12) The edges are sanded until the deck and bottom are even.
13) The rails are built up in layers using balsa or other light wood.
14) Send it to the glasser or glass it yourself.
15) Crack a beer, you did a great job!