Timber Fish bottom completed and rails started

Posted in: News, Projects, Surfboard, Wooden Surfboards & Alias by Richard Harvey on March 28, 2010

A  friend in Sydney, Peter Janecek, recently bought a Grain timber surfboard kit, a 6′ Wherry fish. After opening the kit and discovering the complexity of building one, he has sent it up to me and over the next couple of months I will put it together. I’ll be taking progress photos all the way along, and will load them onto the website when I have something to show.

The first step is to glue the keel and the cross pieces together. Ensuring the bottom of the pieces are straight and aligned. Even though the pieces are computer cut and small adjustments can be made without difficulty, care is needed, as a twist in the internal frame will be carried throughout the finished board. More pics as I progress.

Have now laminated all the bottom planks together. The first centre planks were done with clamps and timber cross pieces that stop the planks springing up.But the last two side pieces were done separately. For those trying it this way they will save the expense of clamps and it was help in place with good old masking tape. The technique is to tape the join lengthways on the side you want to be the outside of the deck. This will then fold down when moved over the edge of the bench, opening up the join for glueing but still keeping the plank in place. Once the glue is applied it is then taped back into place as per the photo. I think all the planks can be done this way.

Takes more time but gets a cleaner result. Like the old saying “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”

Had a change of plan regarding the construction technique, originally, the kit said a rocker table was needed and a bunch of clamps, quite a lot of fussing around. I thought it could be put together with a much simpler method and no need for all those clamps, just some pins and a roll of masking tape. Using new narrower planks, 4 mm thick and glued individually as the wider slab of 6 mm thick timber wouldn’t bend, but the 4 mm thick done individually worked well. So here are some pics of the bottom deck being attached then the rails have been started. Also some fancy laser cut logo inserted into the centre stringer. Still a long way to go, but coming together without the need for all the extra gear.