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First Build : 7,6 Magic Carpet simple on a low budget 
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Just to say the method I like means the nose and tail blocks are thinner so the last two rail strips sit over the top of the blocks to give you the edge to butt up to. No better than feather, just my way. If you wanted to try that just add another rail strip or two.
Looking forward to see what you do next (and don't forget fin blocks and vent!)
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blue_pig wrote:
Just to say the method I like means the nose and tail blocks are thinner so the last two rail strips sit over the top of the blocks to give you the edge to butt up to. No better than feather, just my way. If you wanted to try that just add another rail strip or two.
Looking forward to see what you do next (and don't forget fin blocks and vent!)
Mike


Thanks Mike,

I am thinking of doing exactly you said above. It seems easier than the deck feather method, but maybe more time consuming. Just in case I haven't spent enough time already :roll:
I just has another look at your build, I see you added the deck in strips from the center towards the rails.
Do you think that is easier than doing it from the rails towards the center?


Wed Jan 20, 2016 1:26 pm
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Only because I fit the vent to the stringer so this way makes it easy to line it up with the threaded insert if the deck is pre drilled. If you do that then make the inner edge of the rails bevelled so the edge of the deck sits on it. It's a bit of a faff but with time, care and a sharp plane not too tricky. You can add extra little strips under supporting the deck butt joins too.

If I was to do the feather and deck in one piece then it means you can glass the underside and then bond it on with epoxy. This would be strong but you would have the join around the edges visible once shaped. Plenty of options for you so try whichever way suits.

Grain and Otter do the feather method on their HWS building courses because it is faster so with the bottom and top decks already in one piece it means a board can be assembled in four to five days. For a home build then time is less of a pressure. Once I get my workshop sorted id like to try a few other ways. I like Hucks rails first method and also Roy Stewarts parallel profile technique, but I really clicked with the way Dennis (Boco Rio) builds. That's the way the Carpet goes!

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some new pics of slow progress
not much to say that you cant see in the pictures I guess.
I am busy shaping the rails now with my hand plane.


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Looking good!

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some more pics, nearly done now... just need to fit the fins and finish with marine varnish


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ok its done. about 8 months after starting.
final weight is 8.1kg

After having endless problems with fish eye's in my epoxy hot coat, I spent hours sanding them all out and then applied 3 coats of 1 part marine varnish and the finish came out perfect by my standards... I realize varnish it is not as hard/scratch resistant as epoxy, but it is what it is. I used a matt varnish so small scratches are not such an issue. So maybe someone can learn from me, if you not winning with epoxy, sand it and finish with varnish.

In hindsight, my original idea of doing a "low budget build" is pointless. The amount of time that went into this build makes the cost irrelevant.
I did enjoy the process and there are worse ways to spend time. When I look at the board now I do have a good feeling of satisfaction.

Now sadly I have to cover this thing of beauty with a layer of wax, but it needs to be done, because this piece of wood is soon going to be carrying me down the face of a wave.


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Took my board for its first surf, waves were mush on the the day, but here are a few pics

I am far from a surfing expert, but here is my take on how it feels:
You don't notice the extra weight when paddling, and catching waves pretty easy
When riding its feels pretty solid and cuts through chop and keeps good speed.
I dug in the nose a few times cause the board is flatter than my other boards, just need to get used to finding the sweet spot.
I am was more cautious of avoiding people around me, just cause of the extra weight, scared it would hurt someone if we collide.

Otherwise very happy, board didnt leak a drop, and feels super strong,


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That's a sweet board you have there. The fins turned out good also. Looks like you had a good session.

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