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Offline Mark E

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Small wave board.
« on: July 05, 2012, 04:36:58 PM »
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  • Coming down in size and thickness now that I am getting the hang of short boarding.

























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    Small wave board.
    « Reply #1 on: July 05, 2012, 05:00:58 PM »
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  • Dibs on trying that beautiful thing!
    I need the sea because it teaches me.

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    Small wave board.
    « Reply #2 on: July 05, 2012, 07:31:24 PM »
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  • Wow. Wow. Wow. Love it!

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    Re: Small wave board.
    « Reply #3 on: July 06, 2012, 07:58:45 AM »
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  • work of art!

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    Small wave board.
    « Reply #4 on: July 06, 2012, 09:55:40 AM »
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  • Mark, I think this may be the one.

    This might very well be THE board.

    Please tell us the material cost and construction time.
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    Offline Mark E

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    Re: Small wave board.
    « Reply #5 on: July 06, 2012, 10:50:04 AM »
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  • Material cost= $80 not including fins.


    Construction time= Always longer than I want to admit to myself and too long to make it a viable business venture.


    I am finished with it now though, you can pick it up on the corner of South 6th Street and Dunham Place, right under the Willie B bridge.


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    Small wave board.
    « Reply #6 on: July 06, 2012, 11:45:11 AM »
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  • You're officially making beautiful quality boards at a materials cost that is only a fraction of what inferior shapers are paying.

    Make mine now. Will $400 do it? I'm patient.

    Did you start it yet?
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    Re: Small wave board.
    « Reply #7 on: July 06, 2012, 11:54:39 AM »
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  • Wow. That is sweet.
    It's no better to be safe than sorry....

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    Re: Small wave board.
    « Reply #8 on: July 07, 2012, 01:45:26 AM »
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  • MY TV!
    ‘closed mouth don’t catch any foot.’

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    Re: Small wave board.
    « Reply #9 on: July 12, 2012, 12:21:08 PM »
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  • Board went well today. It did what it is supposed to do in 3.3ft @ 7sec waves. I got a bunch of rides but I suspect that had more to do with the light crowd and the consistency of waves.



    It seemed to slide into them nicely with no push back from the nose rocker and up and riding it felt pretty damn good to a kook like me.
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    Small wave board.
    « Reply #10 on: July 12, 2012, 01:06:55 PM »
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  • Please drop it off to me later for some testing. Thanks.
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    Re: Small wave board.
    « Reply #11 on: July 13, 2012, 06:44:11 AM »
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  • Looks great Mark. Is this one also glass-less?  I'm sure it must take forever to build, gluing up the rails, cutting the rocker (hot wire over a jig?) but this has to be one of the most innovative construction methods out there.  How have your others been holding up? 
    Are the top and bottom sheets rabbited into the rails or do you bag the sheets and then glue up the rails? 

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    Re: Small wave board.
    « Reply #12 on: July 13, 2012, 09:54:41 AM »
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  • Yes, it's glass-less. It really is a lot of work, everything is done from scratch. I make the rocker templates and then hot-wire the blank out of a block of foam. A shaper could probably shape a board out of a close tolerance blank in the time it takes me just to do that.


    I have the rail process streamlined a little now. After I bag the skins on I use 1/4" plywood to build up the rails. I used to use 1/8" bending ply but that took for ever to build up the 1/2" required.


    My other boards are holding up well. They dent rather than ding since the surface is not brittle like a glassed board. I have no idea how long they would last in the hands of a teenager in Cali. They would probably look like motel furniture in no time.
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