|Forum topic by cleanbeachgroup||posted 09-28-2011 12:13 AM||2505 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
09-28-2011 12:13 AM
Similar to a skateboard, skimboards are made up of several layers of pressed wood that are ridden, kicked and spun on thin water around along the edge of the beach as a recreational board sport. Typically skimboards are similar in length to longboards, but can be as wide as a surfboard.
I found this project and think its really similar to what I want to make…
Please Dont recommend Joe woodworker.com I’ve read every page on the site!!
I want to make a professional grade skimboard, not the “Cut and Bend” kind that are all over the net. I break boards that are not pressed in the skateboard like multi ply PROFESSIONAL fashion.
“Pro” skimboard manufacturers charge a CRAZY AMOUNT $165-200+, I just wanna make my own few boards to ride.
—This variation or style of skimboard is called a flatland or inland skimboard due to its Wood Material, BI-directional shape and constant “rocker” (Term Used to describe the curve the board has enabling it to plane the surface of the water) from tip to tail as well as Side to side.
If you are reading this, I could really use your help. I am FULLY committed to making this project happen, even it it takes me YEARS. I’m not kidding. I have been saving and purchasing the tools to do make these for some time now… I am committed to getting this done and would really appreciate any of your help.
the board I will be making will be about 21” wide by 43” tall and 3/8” to 1/2”thick
I hope to press this out of 5 to 7 plys of 1/16” to 3/32” birch, maple or possibly a more affordable hard wood while I’m still “green” at making these boards. I hope what I wrote makes sense. I am unsure of the thickness of the plys I will use therefore the number I will use is still TBD.
I need help with a few aspects of this project::
Wood selection, How to minimize waste and overspending.
The issues that I am having with wood selection are:
I don’t think that plys 1/16” thick in come in sizes 21 inches wide
Maple Or Birch? Practice with something cheaper? I will have to complete the MOLD or form first so I still have time to decide.
I think it will probably be necessary to cross- band. I think that I could cut 4/4 Birch or Maple 7” wide lumber. into 3/32” plys.
Buying a Pump. I have seen the cheapy harbor freight ones and would like soothing a bit more legit? I am worried about buying used because seems like some sellers are kind of shady and I don’t know much about the pumps and have NO way of testing them. Id need a vac gauge for that, which I will probably need eventually so maybe ill grab one soon. I am hesitant to buy a used pump on like ebay because it might just not work, or break.
WELL, I know its a lot but I am trying to get this going and SOON! Thanks for reading, I’d love your input. Thanks!