Building A Paipo

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Building A Paipo

Unread post by wood1234 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:11 am

I'm in a woodshop class at virginia tech. My group decided to make paipo boards. We have access to free machinery and lumber. My question is will the board still work with the cheap lumber provided? Also, I am 5 foot 9 and weigh 145 pounds, what would be the best dimensions?
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Unread post by mrmike » Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:24 am

you bet pine is fine, redwood works great and plywood is wonderful, make one of each I make them out of all woods they all work great

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Unread post by mrmike » Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:32 am

you can make it any size you like. but I would keep it from 3 1/2 feet to 4 feet long and 16" to 20" wide
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Unread post by GeoffreyLevens » Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:52 am

Mike, great photo! Esp with the sepia tint, except for the wetsuit could be any time from somewhere in the future to waaaaaay back in the past.

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Re: Building A Paipo

Unread post by wood1234 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 12:45 pm

Thanks alot for the quick responses and helpful info. I'm going to be using pine and making it 3 1/2 feet by 20 inches. How thick schould the rails be so the board is durable, yet not too heavy?

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Re: Building A Paipo

Unread post by mrmike » Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:50 pm

my brother did that for my business cards. he make a good liveing with his photos
As for the board I would keep it at 1/2" any thinner and it might brake. pine is soft so go slow with the plane if you take to much you can't put it back on

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Re: Building A Paipo

Unread post by Ted » Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:55 pm

Mike,

How does that narrowed "guitar pick" shape in your right hand ride? I been thinking about building a wooden board for the Redwings competition.

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Unread post by mrmike » Sat Jan 28, 2012 11:24 am

rode supper good till I sold it. I need to make another. it was only 3/8" thick but I glassed the bottom with 4oz S glass with epoxi

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Unread post by GeoffreyLevens » Sat Jan 28, 2012 11:47 am

mrmike wrote: it was only 3/8" thick but I glassed the bottom with 4oz S glass with epoxi
My experience w/ broken surfboards is that they generally buckle on the deck. Laminated fiber glass is weakest under compression, the "inside angle" of a bend. So I think maybe stronger to glass the deck if only doing one side???

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Re: Building A Paipo

Unread post by OG-AZN » Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:19 pm

On my board that I epoxied, I went heavier on the deck than the bottom. Over time, the board developed the unfortunate tendency to heavily reverse flex when the board was under stress, and at the worst possible moment. Got over a year of good use from the board before it started doing that though.

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Haven't they been allowing HPDs in the Redwing's contest despite the "core of natural materials" statement in the rules?

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Re: Building A Paipo

Unread post by Ted » Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:53 pm

I don't know what Redwings allows these days. The rules say "core of natural materials."

My bodysurfing photographer buddy, the late Mike Rogers (http://rippanics.printroom.com/), said there is a heap of politics surrounding Redwings and Pt Panic. The notification for the Redwings contest is goofy also - I can't ever get word of when the contest will run until it's too late.

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