Shaper thread (show us what you are shaping)

Curlz

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Hey shapers,
any idea where I can get 2mm paulownia wood in the US? I want to attempt to make a Tom Wegener “surfie”. After watching that last Weird waves episode, it seems like something the would be fun to try.
I found mine by chance at a backwoods lumber yard.

there’s a paulownia distributor in NC, but that’s the only specific paulownia lumber mill I’ve come across.

it might be best for you to post the question in a woodworking forum to find local sources - like sawmillcreek etc...
 

Curlz

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Finally finished glassing my wife’s new board.

8’ x 22.25 x 2 3/4.

Really appreciate Bill Thrailkill’s input on outline, rocker and contours for this one.

Now just need some waves to get it out!
 

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5finFever

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Just got my second board back from glassing. Really stoked on how it came out.
6’4” x 22” x 2 3/4”(ish)
Made the fin template with a friend of mine.
 

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Scrapple

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Took another crack at a poly layup to make a 7.5” Bonzer. Increased my catalyst ratio from the last gloss coat, and application was thankfully easier...although bugs were attracted to the whole setup at night. I used a foam brush to apply this time and noticed some foam particles coming off. Nothing that couldn’t be removed. Maybe just a dried out brush (?), but I may invest in something else. Anyway, the panel layup ended up with the exposed surface slightly gummy and cloudy (i.e. able to make a finger nail mark). 84 F and humidity might’ve messed with the curing. Satisfied with the fin, but it ended up slightly too thin for the box, so Ill layup 42 sheets next go around.
 

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Curlz

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Took another crack at a poly layup to make a 7.5” Bonzer. Increased my catalyst ratio from the last gloss coat, and application was thankfully easier...although bugs were attracted to the whole setup at night. I used a foam brush to apply this time and noticed some foam particles coming off. Nothing that couldn’t be removed. Maybe just a dried out brush (?), but I may invest in something else. Anyway, the panel layup ended up with the exposed surface slightly gummy and cloudy (i.e. able to make a finger nail mark). 84 F and humidity might’ve messed with the curing. Satisfied with the fin, but it ended up slightly too thin for the box, so Ill layup 42 sheets next go around.
That looks amazing dude. I really appreciate guys that make their own fins and the work that must go into them.

I have yet to jump into that arena, but need to.

Hats off to you. Nice looking fin
 

Scrapple

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That looks amazing dude. I really appreciate guys that make their own fins and the work that must go into them.

I have yet to jump into that arena, but need to.

Hats off to you. Nice looking fin
Thanks dawg. It definitely makes me appreciate fine handmade on the market, understand why folks just buy em, and why CNC fins might be preferable. Happy to walk you through my process and what I know (or don’t...I’m still learning). PM me if you take that leap.
 

Curlz

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Looks great! How'd you like doing the fabric inlay? I did my first one on a handplane and it came out really nice, better than I thought it would.
Thanks! Yeah man super simple and easy. I did some research prior so got some good tips before attempting.

For how simple it is and how much it adds to a board I’ll definitely do more in the future
 




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