Wooden vs. Traditional construction

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Wooden vs. Traditional construction

Postby Leven » Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:02 am

So....I have a thickness question.

Are wooden boards generally thinner/thicker/the same as their foam counterparts? I.e. Do you get the same amount of float in a thinner board if it's wood?
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Re: Wooden vs. Traditional construction

Postby Black » Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:17 pm

Regardless of construction the amount of float is the volume displaced minus the weight.
eg a 5kg board of 32L would have 27L worth of float. Get my drift?
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Re: Wooden vs. Traditional construction

Postby Leven » Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:08 pm

Black wrote:Regardless of construction the amount of float is the volume displaced minus the weight.
eg a 5kg board of 32L would have 27L worth of float. Get my drift?
And that's how not to answer a thickness question!



Yep, but a hollow board will displace less water than a denser foam construction, as it's likely to be lighter no? Therefore if the board is lighter, to get the same displacement you can have less volume? So that's what I'm asking - Are wooden boards lighter than a foam equivalent, and thus can you go thinner particularly and achieve the same result?
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Re: Wooden vs. Traditional construction

Postby Black » Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:02 pm

All things being equal I think wood comes out heavy by as close a comparison as you can make.
I started making one ages ago and it was feeling heavy without rails or glassing so I ditched that method and am still thinking of starting one but in my own way, whatever that turns out to be. I was going to use slightly wider template but welcome the extra weight!
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Re: Wooden vs. Traditional construction

Postby kayu » Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:23 am

Composite construction is the answer to making wooden boards extremely light and very durable.
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Re: Wooden vs. Traditional construction

Postby paulitspaul » Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:03 pm

composite makes light and strong boards with the help of wood.

you can get pretty light with full wood construction methods as well. we use paulownia and the boards usually come out between 4-5kg. you can go lighter but compromise durability.
if you're not aiming for high performance boards but for average level surfers, that bit of extra weight does matter most under the arm when carrying long distances...
i've seen pretty heavy wooden boards as well. often down to the wood used and heavy glassing.
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