I have learned a lot about hollow wood surfboard construction while running Sliver Paddleboards and I enjoy demystifying the building process for home builders. A lot was learned through trial and error, but I have also learned from a small but dedicated worldwide community of wood surfboard builders. I’ve created a wiki style set of building tutorials for customers building my paddleboard kits and plans but anyone is free to use them. The tutorials capture everything from descriptions and photos of various techniques, to part numbers and information about how I built many of the tools I use building customers boards. The tutorials are listed in the order that they are completed while building your board with links to the tools and supplies I use in my shop.
Some of my customers build their boards by ‘stripping’ the internal frame in a similar fashion to the way strip canoes are built. If you are going to use this technique, I recommend reading a book like Canoecraft or The Strip-Built Sea Kayak to supplement these tutorials. I do not go into detail about strip building techniques because building a kayak is much more difficult and the information is basically the same. The structural result with the ‘stripping’ technique is the same with the largest difference being cosmetic.
If you are building one of my paddleboard kits or from plans and need clarification on anything, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are using these tutorials to build a wood surfboard almost everything will be correct except for the placement of the deck reinforcements and the parts about installing a SUP handle.
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