The Knotty Surfboard

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Project by LumberZach posted 01-28-2009 06:35 AM 2544 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a hollow wood surfboard I made that has a series of mirrored knots throughout it. I have come to enjoy the variety and artistic value of leaving knots in my wood working projects. In this one I planked several boards from Red Ceder, Pine, and Walnut and used a mirror image approach to placing the wood strips on the board’s frame. The stringer is Oak and the internal frame is Birch. In the upper center is a dove I carved out of mother pearl then inlayed it into a small frame that was then inlayed into the board.

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#1 posted 01-28-2009 06:44 AM

Kowabunga, Dude!

Beautiful Board! How does it ride?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 01-28-2009 07:15 AM

I just finished it while in school in Missouri. Wont be able to try it out until I move back to California in June.

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#3 posted 01-28-2009 08:21 AM

Very neat. I like the details you put in the tip and the marquetry. It won’t sink with those holes in it, will it???? Surfing is one thing I never did try. I did however, paddle out-rigger canoe for the Waikiki Surf Club (many years ago). We placed First Place in the Novice Division. The canoe we used was an antique of solid Koa wood, it weighed about 600 lbs. and we had to carry it to and from the beach to ocean every practice.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 01-28-2009 10:49 AM

Nice looking surfboard.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 01-28-2009 12:09 PM

Good Luck in the contest!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 01-28-2009 01:35 PM

very cool….nice job

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#7 posted 01-28-2009 05:12 PM

Dude, you could build airplane wings too. Similar structural concept, with the lightening holes and all.

Awesome work.

-- Always do the Right Thing the Right Way the First Time - if you can figure out what that is! Ken, Spring Branch, TX

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#8 posted 01-28-2009 05:55 PM

fandabbiedozie which means fantastic I love this it hyas all the skills bar turning with this project you could move on to any type of furniture making Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#9 posted 01-28-2009 09:04 PM

I have watched this guy build his board every step of the way. very skilled woodworker here. this is his first even thought of making a surfboard and look how it turned out. his next couple are going to be great. can only hope mine turns out half as good as this.

dude, i wish we could surf our boards together on their maiden voyage. maybe we’ll figure out where to surf them in missouri :)

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#10 posted 01-29-2009 12:09 AM

Very impressive considering how many build boards of foam and fiberglass…and why not? So many boards used to be solid wood…I think this is unique…and if you use it at least we know that if a shark takes a bite out of he’ll be full of splinters…

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#11 posted 01-29-2009 03:25 AM

This certainly was an exciting build. It still needs a coat of fiberglass to finish it up, however all of the wood work is complete. It will still be a few months before I’ll be able to use it though. So, I was thinking, in response to the wing thing; when I finish another, I’ll strap one to each arm and then ride off a really big cliff and. . . Okay, I don’t think I want to re-live history here.

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#12 posted 02-04-2009 04:07 AM

Great idea and very nice workmanship. Very inspiring.

-- "Safe woodworking isn't just about avoiding injury, it is also about avoiding extinction." CKG

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#13 posted 02-05-2009 05:36 AM

Beautiful piece!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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