December 25, 2008

50th Curly Redwood/Balsa LIMITED EDITION Update

Filed under: Harbour

Remember on December 4th when I drilled the location holes?

Rolling on the glue

I inserted 2 sections of brass tubing into one half of the gluing platens in the exact same locations. This assures that the wood will always line up.

Now to put on some pressure

December 22, 2008

Filed under: Harbour

Dear Rich,

Check out this nice sequence of underground phenom Julio Castillo styling on his new 9-8 Harbour noserider at Northside Seal Beach 12-5-08. Apparently the noserider model works pretty well in the barrel too! Many thanks to Jim ‘JB’ Boswell for his generousity in allowing me to post his pics.

keep it moist


Photos: Jim ‘JB’ Boswell

December 20, 2008


Filed under: Harbour

A recently received e-mail.

December 14, 2008

Filed under: Harbour

I am cutting chambers into all of the wood except the outside curly redwood. The balsa I bought had to be at least 3 1/2 x 5 x 9-6. I ended up getting some very heavy wood. These are wall hangers, so that doesn’t matter on the wall. However, super heavy boards are a hassle to shape.
I weighed one of the heavier pieces at 19.6 lbs. After chambering, it weighed 12.6 lbs.

Here owner of the board Todd, helps drill holes in all of the corners. I don’t own a Forstner bit that is 3 1/2″ long, so the holes must be drilled from both sides.

After the holes are drilled, I Skil Saw between the holes, but again from both sides.

The final cut is done with a sabre saw. I located a blade that is just long enough. This method is faster than trying to use only the sabre saw. Also, it tends to wander on the other side. I know, as I messed up one piece already.

December 7, 2008

Weekend work

Filed under: Harbour

I’m working 7 days a week to get these first two ready for glassing. Yesterday and today I cut the last of the 8 balsa sticks – that’s 4 per board.


Then it’s off to my brother’s garage to use his Hitachi Re-saw to split the curly redwood.

Back to the shop to cut it to templated curves

December 4, 2008

Balsa / curly update

Filed under: Harbour

Today I spent some time on the balsa wood. Copied the template with channel markings

and then I drilled the location holes. More about that later.