O.G. Snowboard

Here’s some photo documentation of the first board I made back in 2013.  I used techniques I learned from boardcrafter.com and skibuilders.com.  This thing came out like a brick.  Stiff as a rod and heavy, but boy does it like to bomb a hill.

Specs

  • Size 159, custom width for my big feet
  • True twin shape
  • Hand-made poplar wood core
  • Ultra-stiff tri-axial fiber pattern with carbon stringers running the length of the board
  • True-to-the-90s capped edge construction
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Start with a block of wood
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Tedious planing
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Tedious planing
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Tedious planing
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Result of tedious planing
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Blank wood core
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Core/Base template
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Cutting the templates
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Base template
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Shaped and beveled edges
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Fully shaped wood core
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Binding inserts
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Bottom of wood core with inserts
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Top of wood core with inserts
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Composites materials have arrived!
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Shaped base
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Banding and tacking the edges
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Bending and tacking the edges
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Bending and tacking the edges
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Edges in place
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Mold ribs
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Mold ribs
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Mold ribs
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Constructed mold
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Layup layer 1, base
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Layer 2, triax fiberglass with carbon stringers
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Layer 3, wood core
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Layer 4, another layer of triax with carbon stringers
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Layer 5, plastic topsheet
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Peel ply
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Vacuum breather
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Vacuum bagged
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Vacuum apparatus
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Almost a full vacuum
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Hot off the press!
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Hot off the press!
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Hot off the press!
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Hot off the press!
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Tapping the inserts
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Tapping the inserts
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Ready for a base grind and wax
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Ready for a base grind and wax
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Bindings mounted
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Waxed and ready to rip!

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