I'm new to the forum after purchasing these awesome SUP plans from Chat a few months ago. Without the postings and photos (no woodworking background) I'd be lost - so thanks Everyone!
Finally started the physical work yesterday. Jig setup is going well. Traced all the ribs out. And started cutting out the ribs with my jig saw. I'm happy with they way the ribs are turning out except for my first attempt at cutting out the rib slot. Cutting the top section of the slot didn't turn out so great.
I was going to make a template but I'm not sure that would help - unless folks use a template and cut this slot with a router tool of some kind?
Below is a photo.
I was hoping some folks might have some suggestions based on your methods and experience. The same true for the spar slots.
Working on my first board two boards too, first board I am going to be putting the deck skin on tonight...actually looking like a real board now. Anyway, to your question. I have been emailing Chad quite a bit throughout the process(he is awesome and very helpful, always quick to respond) and he stated he just uses a jigsaw...which is how I ended up cutting mine. You just take your time and put a nice sharp blade on it and it works out just fine. I watched a video of someone else cutting that with a table saw but they were able to get their blade to come WAY up to where they could get a straight un-angled cut...I tried this a few times on a couple pieces and it didn't work on my Dewalt table saw so I just went with the jigsaw.
Good luck and enjoy...been an awesome peaceful experience building the boards(well other than a couple rail pieces )!
Thanks Hank! I think I'll also stick with the jig saw as you mention. Maybe going to make a template of some sort to keep the top cut and corners clean. It's now cold in the garage here on the east coast burrr. Been too busy with work lately and haven't had the time I've wanted to spend on the board. Haven't worked on it since this post but hope I can later this month. If you have time post some photos of your board - would enjoy seeing and it's really helpful. Thanks again - Andrea
Sure thing and as far as the jig saw went I put a blade on that was made to make a nice clean cut and at the bottom of the cut I just went back and forth slowly to make it flush...seemed to work fine for me. I am actually just about done with the board, wood wise anyway, should be ready to glass in the next day or two and I will post some pics. It has been a lot of fun. I bought a couple space heaters for my garage to ward off the winter cold. Good luck and have fun!