Let's make an Alaia

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Let's make an Alaia

Postby KitesofFury » Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:44 am

Does anyone out there have a shop and would like to make an alaia? If so let's team up and make a few.

I currently own a naish alaia but would like to construct a larger one for light winds and a smaller, lighter alaia for freestyle and higher winds.
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Re: Let's make an Alaia

Postby bigsteve » Fri Oct 11, 2013 11:57 am

Just out of curiosity, how fancy would you want to make it? laminated deck and glassed top and bottom? I haven't really looked that close at the stock one.

I've always thought that getting into making some low cost fish-eque skimboards would be rad too.
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Re: Let's make an Alaia

Postby PistolPete » Fri Oct 11, 2013 12:23 pm

Instructions: http://waterlust.org/Woodsled_files/Wat ... Manual.pdf

After buying a Whidbey Island Jack'd skimboard I built a few different sizes he did not sell. Be sure to get the right construction of wood for your alaia project and expect to build a few before you find the sweet size/shape. Your reward will be worth your effort!
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Re: Let's make an Alaia

Postby KitesofFury » Fri Oct 11, 2013 2:06 pm

Some stoke for you.

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Re: Let's make an Alaia

Postby roba » Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:25 pm

Robb machado is the man. I just got some surf stoke! Thanks zack! :D
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Re: Let's make an Alaia

Postby C.J. » Fri Oct 11, 2013 10:26 pm

Count me in on this. Id like to replicate matt elsassers design

Balsa and glass with channels planed into the bottom and concave on both top and bottom
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Re: Let's make an Alaia

Postby C.J. » Fri Oct 11, 2013 10:29 pm

Can anyone talk clack into cnc'ing a few in the omen shop?

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Re: Let's make an Alaia

Postby bigsteve » Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:32 am

I think CNC is overkill For this... I'd be interested in trying it differently than the PDF, although it was really cool to see their process. My only thing would be to try and start with something thinner than .75", maybe go to thin sheets, and glue in more of the longitudinal shape to cut down on all the sanded shape. I think paulownia is expensive, I don't want to belt sand for 2 hours and throw it away in a pile of dust! I've got basically all the tools to do it that way, and some 5mm 3play baltic birch to experiment with. I'll see about getting motivated.
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Re: Let's make an Alaia

Postby bigsteve » Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:32 am

CJ--Does your new place have a garage? Wanna make it dusty??
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Re: Let's make an Alaia

Postby huili88 » Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:48 am

I don't know if this helps but if you guys are still interested this coming march, Ill have the shop set up at my house. I do have a large format 3 axis cnc capable of milling 4x8 sheets if one wants to go that direction. I have a remote shop now, but its too small to accommodate this type of work. I love this kind of stuff so just hit me up any time after march.
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