projects

Personal Projects

How I spend my time outside of a typical workday

 

Hollow Core Wooden Surfboards

When I first got into woodworking, I told my father I wanted to make a guitar. He suggested I start with a box. So this is the story of my first box.

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It was 2007. Clark Foam, the world's largest supplier of surfboard blanks, had closed its doors just two years earlier. The cost to buy even a used surfboard had skyrocketed. From this example of the law of scarcity, emerged a new kind of surfboard shaper, a builder. I jumped into the community and started down the path of research and fabrication. 

For this project I used a surfboard shaping software CAD product called Aku Shaper to design the boards profiles. I then used adobe illustrator to take the output from the CAD and clean the lines up for feeding to a CAD assisted router. It was then a task of gluing up the pieces and sanding them into a surfboard. 

One of the more difficult challenges was figuring out how to run a vent into the air chamber of the board. It needed to be durable and easy enough to stand up to regular long term use. 

I accomplished this by drilling out the center of a redwood dowel to a specific depth, and using a threaded insert and screw to seal the port while in the water. I originally used a hex screw for this, but after misplacing the hex key, I switched to a standard headed screw that could be turned with a penny.

This was the result hundreds of hours of research and experimentation (and some very bad boards.)

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T-Shirts

Print on demand services are becoming more commonplace, and the quality of the prints is increasing.
This means I have the opportunity to wear my own artwork without needing to order a gross of printed shirts. 

 Hello Yorick

Hello Yorick

 Hey Rex

Hey Rex

 Dagger of Backstabbing +5 Betrayal

Dagger of Backstabbing +5 Betrayal

More designs to see over here