How To Glass A Skimboard
Do you want to know how to glass a skimboard? With just a few hours of work, you can have your personal skimboard, designed and built to suit your skimming needs. There´s a lot to explore in terms of shape and decoration, so don´t stand back, go ahead and glass your own skimboard.
To glass a skimboard, you will need:
- Plywood: 1/5" or 1/4, twice the surface of your board.
- Clamps. Four will be enough.
- A work bench.
- A pair of trestles.
- Epoxy and slow hardener.
- A roller.
- A squeegee.
- Thin fiberglass cloth, enough to wrap the board twice.
- A warm room to work on.
- A jigsaw.
- A pair of dumbbells, at least five pounds each.
Steps to glass a skimboard:
- Design and draw the shape of your skimboard on two layers of 1/5" plywood.
- Cut both layers of plywood.
- Use carpenters glue to bond both layers and place them in the work bench.
- Give the board some pitch in the nose. A good angle is between five to seven degrees, so a lift of an inch at the nose will be fine. Give the board some shape by placing the dumbbells properly. Make sure that the board remains true to the perpendicular axis.
Let the glue dry, and the skimboard will take shape. For the board to take the pitch, the glue must dry between one and two days, depending on the humidity and temperature of the place.
- When the glue is dry and the skimboard has it´s proper shape, sand the edges using at least two different grains of sand paper. You should use thicker sandpaper first and thinner grain later.
- Place the decals or decorative papers on the wood board. Make sure the room is warm before you begin the next step. A good temperature will be 75° and above for the resin to stay thin and have a transparent look.
- Starting by the bottom, cut a piece of fiberglass cloth with the exact shape of the board plus an inch to the sides. Make four units of this shape.
- Mix the epoxy with the slow hardener. If you work with smaller and flatter batches, the resin will not harden too soon and will remain thin, a good thing if you want the board to look good. It´s going to take a few batches, but it´s definitively important for the outcome of your work.
- Place the board on the two trestles. Consider that the floor is going to receive some resin, so you might have to cover it.
- Place one layer of fiberglass cloth on the bottom face of the board. Starting with the bottom will let you get to a better finish.
- Apply a thin layer of resin to the fiberglass cloth, spreading it with the squeegee. Remove any air that can stay between the board and the fiberglass cloth, pushing it to the side.
- Continue with the first layer on the upper side and then the second layer on both sides. The resin must be dry before you can continue to work with the following side, so always mix the quantity of resin that you will use at a time.
- After you finished applying both layers of fiberglass cloth on each side, let the board dry for at least a day.
- Sand the edges of the board. You might find parts where the epoxy dried in uneven shapes, as if dripping. You must remove those spills and make the board smooth and clean for a better sliding.
Go out and have fun, but remember to use protective gear, an apron, glasses and gloves when working with epoxy.