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    Alright chaps, new to this forum and halfway through my first build.

    I glassed the bottom of the board following the guide here: http://www.surfersteve.com/glassing.htm

    Because it's my first go, I managed to get a bit of resin on the deck of the board as I was wrapping the rails and have a few bits of glass fibre edge sticking up. What's the best way to smooth all this out before I glass to top deck? I know I could have done a better job and I'm not expecting it to turn out perfect either, lots learned on this one so any advice for the best way to proceed would be appreciated!

    Please see attached photos to see what I mean exactly.

    Thanks!


  • #2
    I always use a cut lap because I'm just not that good.

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    • #3
      I like my variable speed sander with a 6 inch flex pad. It is fantastic at blending curves. Just don't get to aggressive and ruin your rails. Also like shain said use a cut lap. Even if your tape is crooked it easier to sand the little ridge from the tape.

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      • #4
        Cut lap for sure...you can do the cut lap when you glass the top....there are lots of YouTube clips on cut laps but here's one photo as well....you can see the tape line under the glass in the attached photo. Also, to clean off the resin drips that are now on your board, sometimes a "flatblock" sanding block will knock down the drips without dipping into the softer adjacent wood. I always have a sanding belt on a block of wood for stuff like that. Another really usefull tool is the small carbide scraper next to the flatblock in the photo...super useful for scraping (Bahco 625) laps without creating a cloud of dust.
        Randy http://clearwoodpaddleboards.com/
        https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuW...E0CzWCHvzwiVJQ

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        • #5
          Off topic, but those are some dope paddle boards Randy. I actually mistook the first picture for a small kayak.

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          • #6
            Thanks, Phillip....The photo of the cut lap is a sup and the one with the tools is a prone paddleboard.
            Randy http://clearwoodpaddleboards.com/
            https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuW...E0CzWCHvzwiVJQ

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