Shaper thread (show us what you are shaping)

Scrapple

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Dec 17, 2020
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first poly fin came with a learning curve, as expected in 80 degrees with humidity. Had to to adjust mid panel layup , from a single fin to futures center, just to get something out of it. So, it’s a gonzo looking paddle fin now. The foiling is actually even (IMO), but once I glossed, the aesthetic of all visible layering was lost. Don’t mind that in exchange for iridescence, but the gloss coat is streaking even after sanding/polishing. I guess more sanding? Anyone got tips on applying an even gloss coat? I hung it from a clamp and applied with bristled brush. Cheers. Happy Memorial Day.
 

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Curlz

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Just finished shaping this hull triplane.

7 x 22 x 3. Flat entry to belly to soft vee to flat. After shaping the belly and soft vee I put the triplane into the belly/vee.

Has 3.75” NR and 2.5” TR (hoping that’s enough for the punchy beach breaks.

I ended up using left over cloth so she got glassed heavier than normal. 6/4 top with 4/4 bottom. I was planning to do side boxes, but really wanted to run as single and was trying to find ways to save a little weight after the heavier glass schedule. Fin Box is slightly up at 8”.

Was originally thinking of running a 8.5-9” flex (liddle wide base perhaps) but others have recommended the Dobson so I will experiment with the go to 4a, flex and Dobson.

My only concern/question for the masses is gloss coat on top. I didn’t do it on top given how well the hot coat went on. No uneveness or imperfections needing to be sanded out that I can see. So... is the gloss coat needed for structural purposes? I’ve always gloss coated so I don’t have experience with not doing it or know longevity etc... I don’t want this board to be super light and thrown away in 2 years, but I also don’t want to waste resin or more weight if not needed. For those that do not or have not and regretted it please chime in!!
 

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Curlz

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Jun 26, 2020
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Just finished this new project. Really stoked on it as it’s completely different than anything I’ve shaped before. Bill Thrailkill is to thank for getting me to shape some different templates.

this one is for my wife. Piggish outline with WP -4”. Soft flat throughout bottom for summer waves... More rocker than I typically shape at 4.5”NR and 3”TR.

8’ x 22 x 2 3/4.

anyone have some fin recommendations for this as a single? Having never surfed this style I’m open to suggestions. Thanks!!

glassing will start this weekend. I’ll post pics when complete but it will be a while as she ordered some fabric for an inlay.
 

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lito_outside

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For my first crack at shaping I decided to try and copy a board I love at a slightly different length. Behold: the “Haley Clone.” 7’10 x 22” x 3 1/4”

I thought my first board would be rubbish but after fifteen sessions I’ve been pleasantly surprised how well this one goes. “Holy sh*t it works!” “All surfboards work, some just work better than others” proves true...or maybe it’s beginner’s luck and the *next* one will be a dog. Grateful for a friend who was willing to hold my hand while I first used the planer and took the lead on the laminating.

better next time
- less waiver / wiggle in the outline
- .5-1” more width at the wide point
- rails in the middle are too boxy
- a little more volume than I wanted (didn’t understand that glassing would add thickness)

successes:
- it rides waves
- bites and fin box went in cleanly
- nailed the colors i wanted (northern california’s endemic coastal poppy)
- it rides waves
- outline is pretty good
- hard edge in tail
- bottom contours seem to work
- it rides waves

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