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    Default Re: Library of Board-Building Tips, Resources & Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by Machboarder View Post
    Can someone provide a link to a v-lam thread?
    Here's an old thread about when I ventured into v-lams: http://www.silverfishlongboarding.co...lam-raven.html
    V-lams are really fun to build, but make sure you have a real planer available to you and not just a crappy hand planer. I realize hand planing is an art, but not a good option for beginners who haven't picked one up before, let alone ever used one.

    Also, make sure to put some fiberglass on the top of your v-lams to prevent a de-lamination or common cracking. Using harder woods like maple stringers where the bolts are drilled will help against cracks as well. Pressing a layer of BB on top of v-lams is common too, if you don't have to explore the beautiful world of epoxy and fiberglass (an expensive world, I might add).


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    Default Re: Library of Board-Building Tips, Resources & Ideas

    Where do you think I can find a planer without actually buying one?

    Also, what is BB?

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    Default Re: Library of Board-Building Tips, Resources & Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by Machboarder View Post
    Where do you think I can find a planer without actually buying one?

    Also, what is BB?
    BB is baltic birch. As for the planer, you'll probably have to call around. Ask your local lumberyard; that's probably your best bet.

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    Default Re: Library of Board-Building Tips, Resources & Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by Machboarder View Post
    Where do you think I can find a planer without actually buying one?
    Does your high school wood shop have one? A big hardwood lumber retailer will probably have one and charge you a small fee to plane. A custom cabinet shop might do it for you. Also, lots of hobby woodworkers own one so look around your community for someone like that.
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    Default Re: Library of Board-Building Tips, Resources & Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by Roj View Post
    Does your high school wood shop have one? A big hardwood lumber retailer will probably have one and charge you a small fee to plane. A custom cabinet shop might do it for you. Also, lots of hobby woodworkers own one so look around your community for someone like that.
    Thanks. I will look into it. +rep

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    Default Re: Library of Board-Building Tips, Resources & Ideas

    The Sect of Homokaasu - The Rasterbator

    The Rasterbator. Its a program that lets you print large images onto separate pieces of computer paper that line up to make one large pic. Basically makes lining up images easy so you dont have to do any editing yourself.

    I figure this could be useful for making stencils for your board graphics.

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    Default Re: Library of Board-Building Tips, Resources & Ideas

    How hard would it be to cut drop throughs with a scrolling saw, some sandpaper and patience? Aka roughly cut then sand to perfection? Everybody else uses templates and plunge routers or something right?
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    Default Re: Library of Board-Building Tips, Resources & Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by DrZoidberg View Post
    How hard would it be to cut drop throughs with a scrolling saw, some sandpaper and patience? Aka roughly cut then sand to perfection? Everybody else uses templates and plunge routers or something right?
    I drill large holes at the end and cut out the rest with a jigsaw

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    Default Re: Library of Board-Building Tips, Resources & Ideas

    So it can be done without great tools then. I've been thinking you needed certain tools to do it. I'm trying to design a nice commuter, cause the first two I built are a bit high off the ground. Plus doing a drop through would be sick, I've never done one yet. I was thinking of taking a bit of length out of this, adding drop throughs and making the cutouts suit the need.

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    Default Re: Library of Board-Building Tips, Resources & Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by DrZoidberg View Post
    How hard would it be to cut drop throughs with a scrolling saw, some sandpaper and patience? Aka roughly cut then sand to perfection? Everybody else uses templates and plunge routers or something right?
    I hand cut mine with a coping saw and then sanded, the hand sawing is more precise, and as long as it is a decent saw it does not take long.
    If whatever is posted above this looks like it might be sarcastic, it is.

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    Default Re: Library of Board-Building Tips, Resources & Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by virx67 View Post
    Using Illustrator to make templatesl

    This should be useful for anyone who want's to make templates.
    Dude, I just ran across this post again. The last time I saw it I went and started learning how to use illustrator with it. Thank you for getting me started!

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    Default Re: Library of Board-Building Tips, Resources & Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeWolff89 View Post
    I hand cut mine with a coping saw and then sanded, the hand sawing is more precise, and as long as it is a decent saw it does not take long.
    Maybe a dumb question, but a good saw for this application would be one with fine teeth that is short and stiff right? I see that on home depots website they have little 6 inch hand saws with decently fine looking teeth. I only have a huge flexy saw and another one with coarse teeth that's a bit shorter, but still kinda big for drop through holes.
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    Default Re: Library of Board-Building Tips, Resources & Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by DrZoidberg View Post
    Maybe a dumb question, but a good saw for this application would be one with fine teeth that is short and stiff right? I see that on home depots website they have little 6 inch hand saws with decently fine looking teeth. I only have a huge flexy saw and another one with coarse teeth that's a bit shorter, but still kinda big for drop through holes.
    This is a coping saw:Coping saw - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The blade is very thin can be removed so that you can put it through a hole drilled in the cutout area of the drop through. Essentially the handle loosens and you can take the blade out of the bow, place the blade through a hole drilled in the drop through area, and then attach the handle again so you can start cutting.

    Thats how I did mine and it worked great, and yes most coping saws I have ever seen have teeth that are plenty fine enough to work well. With saws in general large teeth are fast but chip the wood more, small are slow but more precise.
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    The earth shall inherit the meek.

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    Default Re: Library of Board-Building Tips, Resources & Ideas

    would i need some special type of electric saw to cut the wood around my board?

    all i have are just different types of handsaws???
    i have a longboard

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    Default Re: Library of Board-Building Tips, Resources & Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by Awesome possum View Post
    would i need some special type of electric saw to cut the wood around my board?

    all i have are just different types of handsaws???
    you wouldn't "need" any electric saw. The easiest to obtain and use would be a jig saw if you can, however, if you use hand saws n stuff, you can get a great result, and that would absolutely be AWESOME! If you do it take pics, and post a thread!

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    Default Re: Library of Board-Building Tips, Resources & Ideas

    hey guys i heard that doing a clear coat of varnish would crack off if the board was too flexy? I am new to board building and wanna hear whats best for finishing off a board after staining it.

    varnish or is there something better to do it with that will give me that nice shiny finish im looking for

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    Default Re: Library of Board-Building Tips, Resources & Ideas

    awesome post. this helps my friends and i a lot makin our boards. the best is the wheel well tip hahaha, thats genius!

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    Default Re: Library of Board-Building Tips, Resources & Ideas

    How do you get 5 plys out of a 5x5 sheet of 1/8 baltic birch whilst crossing the grain?

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    Default Re: Library of Board-Building Tips, Resources & Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by shredthegnar207 View Post
    How do you get 5 plys out of a 5x5 sheet of 1/8 baltic birch whilst crossing the grain?
    What? Can you rephrase that?


    I'll go ahead anyways and give it my best shot. What I do, is I cut out four 4'x1' long grains, then one 5'x1' cross grain piece. That's what I do. There are other ways, but this is what I do.

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