Learn about the necessary tools needed in making a surfboard in this free how to video on making a surfboard..
This is an old Rockwell planer, this is probably twenty five years old but it has a very sharp blade in it, it's good for cutting wood which is what the stringers are made out of. The other planer, I bought this one brand new in 1974 and this has an abrasive drum, it's like sandpaper. I did some things to customize it, I took the clicker out so I adjust the stroke as I'm shaping and I have different things that shoot the foam off. And this saw is super sharp, I've only cut foam wood. It's like a razor blade. This makes for a strong tricep. A lot of guys have a machine cut their boards out. I like doing it like this. It makes each board personal and it's not that hard. If you can't cut a surfboard out with a saw, you must be pretty much of a wimp. This tool has a razor blade inside of it that is super sharp when you flip it over. Every other board or so I change the blade and adjust the depth so it's just below or above the level of the block plane. You have little curly cues of this bass wood. This is my little helper here so I don't have to pay somebody to hold my board. This is for doing the rails, it's a very soft pad. This is for polishing, this is a wool buffing pad and this is very similar to the sander I used in my shaping room. It's got a hard disk pad used for cutting. This works super good for this stuff. It takes it down really fast. This is called a "sure form". For fine tuning, these are carbon steel and this is stainless steal. I'm the only one that can use that because it's mine and if anybody screws it up I'd have to kill them.