In our process of building wakesurf boards using a composite sandwich methodology, we often end up at places where we need to trim excess material before moving on to the next step. What we’ve found is that trimming a little excess is MUCH easier than starting over or having to fill in places with foam if we make a mistake. Also, on this particular wakesurf board we have no patterns or templates to work with so it makes it hard to cut the material out for the final wakesurf board shape, when we don’t really know what that will be just yet!
So after we have glued up a section of the wakesurf board we pull that project from the vacuum bag and then first of all check that everything is in place and then second trim the flashing or excess material. This is part of the shaping process, if you will, where the underlying wakesurf board is shaped to the projected final shape. It’s possible that the glue-up can shift things or maybe we just don’t get it glued down correctly and so rather than continue on, we test and check throughout the process. Here we are making sure the bottom concave is still in place!
We also do a quick check on the rocker to make sure it’s where we want it, you’ll remember that we are sort of shooting from the hip here, so we used a makeshift rockerstick and did a quick measurement off that stick.
Once we are pretty sure that everything is still in place, we’ll begin the process of trimming the excess material along the bottom edge of the outline. We still have to add some rail material for the final shape. We’ll use a jigsaw to make quick work of the majority of the excess and then use a sanding block with 36 grit paper to bring it flush with the high density material along the outline. We’ll also touch up any rough areas on the high density material that aren’t quite perfect
Once the bottom is flush, we start thinking about how to shape the deckside concave, this picture gives you an idea of where we’re headed! Shoes and traction! Tune back in tomorrow as we start work on shaping the deck.
Thanks so much for following along with this MOW specific wakesurf board build, we really appreciate your time! We have talked with our Resin Infusion supplier and the rest of our consumable supplies are on their way, so we’ll be heading into our rather elaborate resin infusion discussions soon. We are also wanting to try a little something different and will be building a hollow wooden surfboard (HWS) using a chambering methodology. That board will probably weight a ton, but we’d like to introduce folks to that process, so stay tuned for that also!