Cedar Surfboard (functional)

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Project by TheQuast posted 06-10-2009 06:14 AM 5046 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This surboard has been a longtime coming, and is actually the reason I got into woodworking. I have been drooling over the idea of having a hollow cedar surfboard for a long time, but the price tag of buying one has always kept me away. With the help of the mennonite sawmill down the road, I was able to build this board from start to finish (including fiberglass) for under $100. I spent about 140 hours on the project. I don’t have much time to spare, so I started in October 2008, and whittled away at it until just 3 weeks ago.

It is 7’6” long and 21” wide and 3” thick at it’s thickest point. I took it out to Fernandina Beach FL, where I surf, and it surfed like the board of my dreams.

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#1 posted 06-10-2009 06:58 AM

Awesome!!! I want one. How thick is the outer cedar? Looks like a lot of fun.

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#2 posted 06-10-2009 07:07 AM

Well done! I love the look of all the knots in the wood. I have been working on my own hollow wooden surfboard (HWS) for about the last year and a half now. Other projects keep getting in the way of me finishing. I know how much work these things take. 140 hours is a fast build.

A few questions:
- Did you use epoxy resin or polyester? Does your $100 quote include resin?
- I see you have a slot for a single fin. Did you make it out of wood? Pictures?
- It looks like you have another board in the works in the background of one of your images. What’s it going to be?

-- Scott, San Diego

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#3 posted 06-10-2009 07:09 AM

Nice job man!

-- Live, think, breath wood...

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#4 posted 06-10-2009 12:16 PM

I had no idea this was possible. It’s like making an airplane wing! Beautiful piece of functional art you have there.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#5 posted 06-10-2009 12:38 PM

Great looking board!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#6 posted 06-10-2009 01:06 PM

Outstanding grain patterns…........very good job Quast.

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#7 posted 06-10-2009 01:28 PM

What finish did you use? The purple color will turn brown if the UV light is not blocked. Spar Varnish is great for that.

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#8 posted 06-10-2009 04:05 PM

This is one unbelievable build . Not something I would have ever thought of. Fantastic surf board.


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#9 posted 06-11-2009 12:11 AM


-- People who say it cannot be done should not interup those who are doing it

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#10 posted 06-24-2009 06:00 AM

the outer cedar is about .25 inch. originally it was 3/8 but i had a LOT of sanding. the $100 quote includes resin. i just used your regular garden variety resin. i didn’t make a fin, because fiberglassing scared me before i got into it. really not that bad, but i didn’t have time to do a fin before heading to the beach. the 100 bucks doesn’t include the 20 i paid for the fin.

the boards in the background are the other guys building them with me. you can see one here on lumberjocks with lumberzack. the other guys haven’t finished yet. one guy is using alot of black walnut on his. can’t wait to see how that turns out

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#11 posted 06-24-2009 06:48 AM

nice work ,
looks like a lot of fun too .
to be proud of !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#12 posted 02-16-2010 12:20 AM

Great Job, man! Functional, cheap, and something to be proud of!!

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