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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 04-05-2012, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
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DIY swalowtail on my Volkl

Last off season I did a DIY rocker on the tip of my old camber board and found it made riding pow significantly easier.
In fact I spent most of this season on that board, thanks to a bumper season for powder here in Japan.
We still have a 370cm base in Nagano and it will snow tomorrow. I may head up for 2 days riding.

A detailed account of the DIY rocker is in this thread.

http://www.snowboardingforum.com/boa...in-hybrid.html

The next step is a swallowtail. Following ETMs instructions (he already did a sweet DIY swallowtail successfully)

His thread.

http://www.snowboardingforum.com/boa...upermodel.html

Here is ground 0, my Volkl with the proposed shape of the cut I will be doing.



It may take a while, but I will complete this over the summer so as to be ready to slay the powder in Hokkaido next winter.

I will post up pics at each stage of the process. Why not join in the fun and cut up one of your old boards too.
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the tips look a little pointy. maybe rounder?
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yeah, I will round them out a little but thats the basic idea.
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Chop it!!!
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This is my first rough cut.



I will sand it down a bit tomorrow to even it out and get to work on cutting the core back.

Hey ETM I was thinking of gouging out the core with a manual wood carving tool kit (I don't have a Dremmel).

What do you think?
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Looks good, your gonna love that thing.
Make sure you round off the cuts to avoid any stress points. Not sure on the method you suggested for cutting the core back but if it isnt working you will know pretty fast, its worth a shot I guess.
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Looks good, your gonna love that thing.
Make sure you round off the cuts to avoid any stress points. Not sure on the method you suggested for cutting the core back but if it isnt working you will know pretty fast, its worth a shot I guess.
Yeah I will round out the top under the binding inserts, you think I need to round out any other points?

I might buy a dremmel but they are not popular here and the only one I found was like 11000 Yen, I think several times more than in Oz.

So far I have spent nothing on this project and I want to keep it as close to that as possible.

Its not the money more the idea of getting a new board for free.
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Just round out that point near the binding holes and it will be sweet.
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I love it, I made a no-board but the nose dives in powder so I'm about to turn it into a swallow tail.

& I think I mide as well see if I can get some rocker into it as well too, didn't know you could do that.

So we'll see how my diy rockered no-board swallow tail will be shortly, can't ride any worse.

And I guess I will be substituting powder, for what your 7-11 Slurpee looks like when you've suck the life out of it, snow.

I just took some pics of the before but the size is too big & it won't let me post them.
So instead of figuring that out I made all the cuts instead.

I took a file folder, drew 2 lines, cut it out. It was way too big,
so 2 more lines & I think we have a winner.

Remember cut first, measure later. I just plunged my circular saw right in there.
Out by 1 mm. Perfect.

So I'm gonna finish off with my hacksaw & take some more pics.
Can some give me a quick shrink your pics how too.

Pretty please & thank you.

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ETM is the master here I am but the student, he has some detailed pics on his thread.

So I finished cutting back the core and today I just started filling the hollow with urethane bond.

I plan to do this in three stages one for each straightish edge of the cut and one for the top of the cut (the round edge).

I have it all masking taped up and its a nice warm day.

Hey ETM did you wait for it to dry completely before adding the next layer or just for it to firm up?

Seems its will take weeks if I wait 2 days in between layers.

PS ETM I will get those DVDs ordered today, I have been away for a few days.

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