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70's Redwood Swallowtail Surfboard

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Project by MUST58GT posted 09-21-2018 08:02 PM 605 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In anticipation of making a real redwood swallowtail surfboard, I made this mini-version to help me learn all the details of wood surfboard carving, shaping and finishing.

First, I lucked into a load of California redwood from a deck remodel which was ideal for this project. The individual pieces are all chambered and filled with expanding insulating foam to reduce the weight and enhance floatation. Otherwise, this surfboard would be heavy and barely float, most likely just beneath the surface of the water. I also decided to offset the angle of the laminated redwood strips, which complicated the build a bit more than I expected.

The pieces are glued together with TBIII and then shaped to finish with a hand plane and sanding. The last picture shows both surfboards in process.

I used mesquite scraps to make the fin boxes and tether strap socket. I sealed and finished the wood with high gloss lacquer. This mini-surfboard is unlikely to ever see the ocean, it rests now comfortably on our living room wall.

ps – That’s my Dad in the picture. He had a bit of dementia but seemed to enjoy hanging with me in the wood shop.

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"





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pottz

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#1 posted 09-21-2018 10:04 PM

cowabunga bro this takes it back to sufing’s early days when guys actually rode huge redwood boards.very cool,are you going to make the full sized one to be used?.you would definitely turn heads if you did.nice work.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 09-22-2018 10:16 AM

I have wanted to make one for a long time. Very cool, thanks for posting

-- Petey

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MUST58GT

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#3 posted 09-22-2018 01:52 PM

I have started the full size version. Details and photos coming.

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"

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#4 posted 09-22-2018 02:12 PM

maybe you could work on your photos also :<(((((

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#5 posted 09-22-2018 10:46 PM

Very Nice Indeed & Well Done! The photos are a little confusing however (Orientation).

Is this the Proper Orientation for the Lead Picture?

Rick S.

-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 09-24-2018 01:31 PM

Very kewl, great piece.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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MUST58GT

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#7 posted 10-01-2018 03:39 PM



Very Nice Indeed & Well Done! The photos are a little confusing however (Orientation). Is this the Proper Orientation for the Lead Picture?

Rick S.

- Rick S.

Yes, thanks. I must have missed something in the upload process for rotating the photo’s. I’m a bit new to this forum (was that obvious already?) so still learning.

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"

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