Surfboard dinner table. #1: Walk before you can surf...

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Surfboard dinner table
Walk before you can surf…

Some of you know I am going to have a new home from February.
When I left my old home in the pursuit of happiness I threw out all my furniture’s except from some chairs and bookcases, it ended as fast as it started and so this time I am starting from scratch.

In a way this is a dream, a fresh start and I have decided to take it as a chance to get myself a more relaxed style, a more easy living approach that I have been used to for many years in different relationships and with a small kid in the house. Now my wonderful daughter is thirteen and so I have plans to make the home for the two of us a little funky.

The apartment has a big dinner kitchen, (originally a small room, a kitchen and a hallway – now one big room).
In this room I want a long table where we can sit, talk and eat with friends, but also I want it to be vibrant and with a smile. So I got the idea of a long surfboard table, this will bring smiles and hopefully the relaxed style I am looking for to soften up the niceness.

This is the idea.
There is a column in the room and I want it to penetrate the board and then be held in the other end by a thin wire so it is an air surfer.

Well enough of the talk; I went for some nice plywood with a surface that has a play (flame).

First step was to surf.
The web…
For some inspiration for the shape.
And then draw up some lines, only drawing the one side and folding the paper after for symmetry.

The drawing was put on top of the board.

With a jigsaw I cut the board in shape.
But I was not happy for the shape.
So I put it aside for a few days until I felt comfortable and soft…

Then I made a big bendable ruler from a piece of old window blind.

Simple yes?

Just clamped in place.

This helped me to get the feel of the right curves.
And then it was easy to draw them up with a pen.

Fold the paper and cut the extra away.

Unfold, tape in place and then cut to the final shape.
And this time I was happy.
It looks like it can ride the waves, even it will only ride my kitchen…

Next part was to make a crosscut sled for my table saw since my sled is in storage now.

It was quickly done, and I feel confident I will use this sled a lot in the future.
So double happy.

This is why I needed a sled.
To control the angles for the cuts.
I wanted the board to look thicker without getting too heavy.
So I added another edge of plywood underneath.

Cut along the shape to remove access wood.

And finally I cut a fin from a piece of walnut that I got as a gift from my LJ friend Jusfine Randy, thank you!
I think the table will need this to be complete!

Will be back soon with more and promise to post once it is installed.

Hope this can bring some inspiration to others, a joyride or two, who knows even some more surf tables.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 01-25-2013 08:21 PM

Cool idea. Cant wait till the next installment of this project.

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#2 posted 01-25-2013 08:26 PM

Surfing Safari. Way cool mads.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#3 posted 01-25-2013 08:36 PM

Brilliant Mads! That is going to really brighten up your apartment.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#4 posted 01-25-2013 08:42 PM

well this is pretty cool, instead of saying surfs up, it will be toasts up…a great idea mads..cant wait to see your new place..this will give you the chance to make your own tables and such..pretty exciting to me..have fun ..grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 01-25-2013 08:51 PM

That’s radically bodacious dude. Are you going to wax the top to give the plates better traction?

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#6 posted 01-25-2013 09:11 PM

Hang Ten Dude :)


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 01-25-2013 09:12 PM

Looks nice Mads and is a great concept. My only worry is that the wire might be in the way when you are passing food around. Knowing you, this has already been considered and will not be a problem. looking forward to seeing this develop.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 01-25-2013 09:19 PM

Cool Mads.

Can 2 people sit comfortably facing each other?

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#9 posted 01-25-2013 09:48 PM

And from the top, it looks like a fish.
I was wondering about the wire too but will wait and see what your vision is…

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#10 posted 01-25-2013 09:53 PM


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#11 posted 01-25-2013 10:11 PM

so mads, how do you get the beam through the table, ive just got to know logistics.. and i guess there is no way to support the table from underneath instead of the cable.. what will you do to finish off the top, some sort of Formica or will you stain the top and use a poly or something to seal it…maybe some kind of surf board design…maybe for your first dinner you can play some beach boys music…im sure you know which song to pick…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 01-25-2013 10:21 PM

My worry is that you’ll trip carrying the food, fall against the free end of the table which will act like a huge lever on the beam and crack it. The whole ceiling that the beam is supporting will then come crashing down. Of course I’m not worried about you getting hurt Mads, its just that the dinner will be ruined. LOL.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#13 posted 01-25-2013 10:26 PM

or, if the dryer doesnt work or you dont want to go out to do the laundry you would hang it from the cable in the kitchen, and then it would not be a kitchen any longer…then what would we do…:)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 01-25-2013 10:32 PM

I was thinking you might use the fin (skeg) as an angle-bracket support underneath. Some surfboards even have double and triple skegs. But the cable could also substitute for a leash. they are typically a bungee cord that attaches to the skeg and has a loop that velcros around your ankle (used to retrieve your board when you fall off).

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#15 posted 01-25-2013 10:47 PM

Now you shall join the YASBC.

(Yet Another Surfboard Club)

Way to go man ;)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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