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Old 04-22-2015, 09:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Cutting the tail off of a board?

I know some of you experiment with boards.

Has anyone cut the tail off of a board to make it a short tail powder board.

I got a long directional board that isn't worth anything and I was thinking of cutting the tail off about 10" from the rear inserts and shape it like the Jones Hovercraft or something. Then get a marine epoxy and cake it on the fresh cut then sand it smooth.

I wanna do it for fun, just for the experience of it. Has anyone tried this and have any suggestions before I rip into it???
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Old 04-22-2015, 10:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Use a hacksaw to cut through the edge first. Then from there just go to town. If you don't want to use a hacksaw an angle grinder will do wonders.
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Old 04-22-2015, 10:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, I was gonna use a hand held grinder I got at work to cut the metal edges and then jigsaw to shape it. Is there a standard length from the rear inserts that I should be aware of? Like too short for example
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It really comes down to what's inside the board. If it's an old K2 that has the metal inside it you might want to avoid that, but if it's not you should be fine. Cro and I chopped like 8 boards apart last spring to slash slush with. Just compensate for the cut width from the angle grinder.

I will say this if you chop a board right at the inserts you lose any tail you have which makes it really suck in super deep and steep snow. I would try to leave at least 4cm's behind the back insert as a just in case.
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I would leave the side cut intact
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I would leave the side cut intact
I couldn't help wondering about that myself! As I read thru this thread, I couldn't help thinking that 10" sounded like an awful lot of tail to chop off of any board!! (...then again, I know squat about it so,..?)

It would certainly be interesting to try something like that if one had an old beater board to experiment with.

Good luck M2m, with your "bobber" project!
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Go for the swallow tail or fish it.

You want that edge.

It'll still sink, but you'll be able to steer.

I drilled a hole first in the tail, then just plunged a circular saw through.

Stopped just before the edge & finished with a hacksaw.

Took under 1/2 an hour, not including drying time for the lacquer for the cut out.

It's way easier than you think.

I wanna see pics by the end of the day.

Ready go.


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Old 04-22-2015, 02:39 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I'd be more inclined to go the home-made split-board route myself; but I'm curious as to how your project turns out. Let us know your steps and the do's/don't you encounter afterwards. My first thought was how to cut through the edges without mangling them up but it's already been mentioned above.

Good luck.
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i'd cut behind the contact points.
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Old 04-22-2015, 03:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I've thought about it quite a bit. Was battling between a swallow and short tail. I'm not gonna use it for big steep lines and probably not take it to a resort but rather use it for fresh deep runs at my townhome on stagecoach mountain. The reason I wanted a short tail is because it seems that it would be more nimble in the trees and tight areas. Stagecoach has a lot of bushes and trees and rocks which maneuvering quickly would be key. I'm not too concerned about contact points or edges because it will be strictly for untouched powder and no groomers.

I can see the benefit in the swallow tail though I have never rode one. Good for deep steep runs and while keeping stability?

I'm not in a rush because the powder has melted around here and I know for a fact that I'm going to be dying to try it once I make the cut. lol

Thanks for all the input and feel free to share anything you can think of!!!!


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