John S wrote:Thanks to everyone who posted. I just made my skimboard and it worked great. Better than the two I had purchased and even my brother's fiberglass one.
I bought a couple of wood ones from Big 5 Sporting Goods, but I just sunk. To be able to skim at all, I had to be in water too deep to run in. I think most skimboards are made for 14 year old boys who weigh 115 pounds. I weigh 198 lbs. I used Death Frog's response to the guy who weighed 180, and I guesstimated. My board is 30.5 inches wide and 47.5 inches long. I used the shape of the other boards and spread them wider, then narrowed the nose so it would look like a skimboard. I tried to cut it out with a skill saw and a hand saw and it didn't work at all. You really need a jig saw. I borrowed a friend's. Then I had a cheap hand planer to round the edges to feel. I also used a wood file, which also works. Then I tried to soak it in water. The wife wouldn't let me do it in the bathtub because it would scratch. I tried the kid's wading pool, but it was too short, so I used a gigantic hefty bag, bigger than 30 gallons (44), and tilted it slightly downhill with the nose inside the bag. I kept it wet for 2 days, and then added the rocker with heavy masonry bricks in the middle of the board sideways but toward the point lengthways . If you look at the boards, the nose is tilted up sharp, and the whole thing has some rocker. The shape of the whole thing holds water, and it probably has between 1 and 2 inches of rocker. You can check it as it is wet and bending. It had more rocker when the bricks were on it. Then, when it dried, I just painted it with three coats of varnish that were lying around in the basement and it works great. Amazing!
PDX OR USA
i have a question, if you soaked the wood in the water to make a rocker wouldnt it get waterlogged?? and im guessing the same dimensions would work for me, similar weight