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Head Monkey



Joined: 17 Jul 2005
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Location: Carnation, WA

PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I’ve been building some core blanks lately, so I took a bunch of pictures and have been adding step-by-step details on the process to my site. I’ve got more pictures of slicing and finishing the slices that I’ll add in the next few days.

An overview of making blanks with various dimensions: http://www.happymonkeysnowboards.com/MonkeyWiki/Core_blank_overview

A page on wood selection, drying, and prep including local suppliers in the Seattle area: http://www.happymonkeysnowboards.com/MonkeyWiki/Wood_selection,_drying,_and_prep

Details on building a stack, including picking boards to match together into a stack, glue up and clamping, info on the clamps, and processing the stack to make it smooth in preparation for slicing: http://www.happymonkeysnowboards.com/MonkeyWiki/Building_a_stack

A page on slicing the stack on the bandsaw, and processing the stack in between slices to ensure we have good surfaces for later. I’ll add pics soon: http://www.happymonkeysnowboards.com/MonkeyWiki/Slicing_a_stack

Finally, joining two slices into a final core blank wide enough for snowboards. I’ll update this with more current pictures and info on the clamps soon as well: http://www.happymonkeysnowboards.com/MonkeyWiki/Joining_the_halves_of_a_core_blank

As always feedback is welcomed. A couple of pictures to give you an idea of what’s going on…












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Jibber



Joined: 29 Dec 2009
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Location: Switzerland

PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 1:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, thanks for sharing all the information! The Woodworking Ressources Page is also very helpful! Cool

Maybe you could add metric values in brackets for those who are not used to the imperial system. Embarassed

Cheers, Christoph
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ben_mtl



Joined: 31 Mar 2008
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Location: Sherbrooke, Quebec

PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 5:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HeadMonkey you're amazing !
Thanks a lot (again and again) for all this helpful information you always share !
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sir.orange



Joined: 11 Sep 2009
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Location: germany

PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

how could a workshop where dust and dirt occur while machinig the materials be so clean!??
shiny spots on every machine... you really use them? Smile

thanks for the wiki-input!
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Brazen



Joined: 25 Nov 2010
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Location: San Bernardino, CA

PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even the wood is stacked perfectly, you would probably not be comfortable in my shop, Mike haha. Awesome info, great pictures...thank you Smile
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falls



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey mike, did you get your CNC running again?
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Head Monkey



Joined: 17 Jul 2005
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Location: Carnation, WA

PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sir.orange wrote:
how could a workshop where dust and dirt occur while machinig the materials be so clean!??
shiny spots on every machine... you really use them? Smile

You’re not done unless you’ve cleaned up Wink As for the shiny, yea, there’s a lot of moisture in the air here in the Pacific Northwest most of the year so it’s important to keep the cast iron surfaces waxed or they’ll rust. If I take care of them they will last longer than I will!

falls wrote:
hey mike, did you get your CNC running again?

Yes, the CNC is running again. I’m really not happy with the control software and hardware… I’m thinking of replacing them before I build anything else, but I can’t decide if that would be more or less annoying than living with what I have.
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Head Monkey



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Added pictures of actually slicing the stack, and corrected a bit of text here and there on the page about slicing a stack: http://www.happymonkeysnowboards.com/MonkeyWiki/Slicing_a_stack

Just a few pics… many more on the wiki. I don’t want to clutter this up too much by linking every picture…














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OAC



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the "pointer" on the bandsaw table! I will add one to mine! :-)
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WhitePine



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent work. This stuff is so helpful.
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skidesmond



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent work Mike! Nothing like a clean well organized shop, not that I would know but just from I heard Smile Actually that's one thing I'm trying to improve upon is keeping the shop clean and putting tools away at the end of the day. Probably won't be building skis for a little while. I'll be making more portable work benches/storage and getting rid of "junk" and "the some day I might use" stuff.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I spy a grindrite belt not put away. Ha!

Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ha ha Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But note how clean that belt is!

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EricW



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Mike. Love it.
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