Deck Compressions … you think?

OK, so it’s Deck Compressionabout time I showed you this stuff …

Having surfed the ‘forty one two’ a few times now, well, OK that’s an understatement, she’s been well, ah let’s say … ‘broken in’, it has a couple of deck depressions.

At first, I thought it was my glassing, or surfing it before it was cured, or maybe even the UV catalyst since I’d heard that can make the glass a bit ‘softer’ … turns out it she was cut from a ‘lite’ blank and therefore a bit softer than a standard blank.

More Deck Depressions

Depressed Tail

Lap … cut & free (not dancing)

On the first two boards I did, the ‘jazz” and the ‘forty one”, I did free laps … the ‘jazz’ turned out quite ugly, and ended up with a very uneven line of cloth which is quite obvious after sanding the filler coat as can be seen in this pic:

the 'jazz' - showing nose laps

It’s smooth, and only cosmetic, but I wanted better. So, with the ‘forty one’ I also did a free lap and tried to get a better line, hoping that would blend the lap better and be less ugly looking, but, not quite there as this pic shows:

The 'forty one' - finished Click on any of these images to get a larger view.

So, with the ‘forty one two’ I decided I would try a cut lap. My first ever attempt … so I tapped up the rails on the deck, and went about cutting the cloth more ‘neatly’, I even bought so new super sharp and awesome scissors which made the cloth trimming process much much easier … but, in my usually way, I invited the fuck up fairy back by trimming the cloth so some ended up inside the tapped line, this then lead to the issues when I went to ‘cut’ the lap, since some was overhanging the tape, but other parts were back from it … so I ended up with a bit of an uneven cut. Getting the razor blade to slide along the tap edge and cut was OK where the cloth overhung the tape, but when it hit the spots where the cloth did not make the tape, ah, messy again. Here’ a pic of the lap finished:

the 'forty one two' - nose cut laps

That ‘gash’ you can see on the left hand side is where I managed to put the corner of some sand paper into the foam when I was sanding the lap at that point … it was one of the spots where the cut lap did not sit well and needed a bit more effort to sand it down …the right hand side is he best lap I’ve done, and almost blends with hardly (relative to my two previous attempts) any cloth line showing.

So, with the ‘nineteen 97’ the plan is to do a cut lap and I will be taping the whole deck, using butchers paper to stop any laminate resin getting onto the deck, which, on the ‘forty one two’ resulted in a ‘bumpy’ deck … I will also make sure the cloth is well past the edge of the tape. Watch this space … I’m sure the fairy will be back !

PS: My ‘cut lap’ knowledge came from watching you tube video’s !

The ‘forty one two’ – sanded and surfed

It’s sad … a 41 year old bloke surfing wind swept wind swell, but still being totally STOKED!

Yep, I had to take the ‘forty one two’ for a paddle … it went well, considering the waves. This board will go … can’t wait to get it in some good waves.

As a refinement of the forty one, I could feel the pulled in tail, and less foam in front of the chest … the tweaked rails were noticeable, but the surf was not the best to feel them come into the equation.

Here’s a couple of pic of it finished:

The ‘forty one two’ – glassed and curing

OK, so I’ve found a way of stopping myself surfing it before it’s had at least some time to cure … leave the fin install …

The ‘forty one two’ is now glassed and waiting to cure.

Here’s a pic of the lamination, pre filler coat.

When it rains … add some colour!

After the bad weather yesterday, did I mention it was drizzle rain all do, so I could not even get the blank back out into the shed (it got to sleep inside), but today, was another story … intially overcast and light showers, I figured no glassing again today, but maybe I could get the logo on and see what happens. So I started mid morning with the logo, via the stencil again as shown in the first pic.

As the weather was not quite clear enough for glassing, I started to play around with adding some more colour … anyway, mid way through the tape up the sky had cleared and out came the sun, so I quickly changed the design idea to get it finished quickly so I could start glassing.


In the second pic, you can see all the tape up I did, which pretty much ended up wasted due to my plan to get it glassed this weekend.

So, here I am, at just after 9pm having managed to get the ‘forty one two’ laminated and tonight after dark, I got the hotcoat onto the deck using MEKP rather than UV catalyst. I post more about that when I get some pic …

The ‘forty one two’ – skunked by the weather

The plan was to get the ‘forty one two’ glassed today (so the cure process could start) … I don’t want to rush jumping onto this one until its had time to cure, been told at least 7 days, 14 good and 21 best … that will kill me waiting that long and will really slow down the evolution process of this, the first HPSB for FFW Surfboards.

BUT, it rained all do, so working with UV catalyst meant no glassing today … I didn’t want to tempt fate and use MEKP as I do not feel confident going there …. yet!

So, I did some checking of the concaves today, and am pretty happy with how they have come up.

Here’s a pic of the concaves on the board I’m using as my inspiration.

Comparing this and the second pic I posted yesterday … looks about right to me?

The ‘forty one two’ – before and after concaves

The design from AKU had a very slight single concave of only 1/16″, not 1/8″ as I posted earlier … but as I said, that is exactly what has come out in the cut blank as can be seen on the first pic here.

(Tip: double click on pics to see a full screen version)

The second pic here is after I have shaped in the concaves … I started with the single (or middle) taking down the stringer so I had about 3/16″ between the fins and about 1/8′ under the front foot … I then cut in the doubles so it runs with about 3/32″ from the front foot and runs through to it’s deepest between the fin with 7/32″ … both the single and doubles fade in from the nose, and fade out to the tail.

Shaping Tools – the “round” on the rounded squash tail

In the process of doing the tail on the ‘forty one two’ I went back and looked closely at the tail on the board i was using as my guide. I used the yellow plastic saucer from my daughters tea set when  did he ‘forty one’, but wanted to double check.

So, I layed the ‘shaping tool’ on the board I was copying …

Yep, pretty close, so I used that again.