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My Environmental Promise: I use Forest Stewardship Council certified woods or woods salvaged from downed trees. All boards are glassed with epoxy resin which is cleaner for our environment and emits 50-75% less Volatile Organic Compounds than polyester resin. In my shop I have moderate ventilation and no need for a mask when glassing. Epoxy is lighter and stronger than polyester. My wood boards are nearly indestructible and should last a lifetime. Each board is quality crafted for strength, durability and concern for our environment.

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Mar 6, 2012

9' 5 3/8" Evo Nose Rider

Just started this couple weeks ago. I needed to knock out a bunch ribs so did four sets at one time. Pain to do one set at a time since setting up, bandsawing, shaping needs time, much easier doing this once and forget it for while. Same with ripping boards for decking. Boring work, lots of noise, thank goodness my dust collecting system is fairly good. This Evo will have 4" rear and 2.5" front rocker, hard pinched rails, concave nose with flat bottom to slight 'V' at tail, and made with about 90% Western Red Cedar. Found some boards with really nice grain and after ripping for book matching, they came out really sweet looking.

Here are three stages of roughing out a board: left in picture are top deck strips, center is bottom deck getting glued and on my bench the frame.

Getting ready to trim bottom deck, prepare it for concave surface, get deck form set up to take V bottom to rib clamping.

This board has very pinched rails, for wood board building a rail is more complicated than our standard hard 80/20 mid-section rail. After first rail that is 1/2" tall, we start gluing up 1/4" sq stock. PITA but the only way to get the profile we need. Here I am shaving 1/4" strips to fit w/o any gaps.
Woke up early this morning, had lots of work needed to get done today, went up stairs to do some cleaning up my mess from day before. I didn't stage this, those chips were from last night and that 2x4 is used to trim final deck pieces. And that hand plane is worth every penny my wife spent on for it. :)

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