Thursday, March 18, 2010


the more i use this thing, the more i like's a hitachi p-20 stretched out enough to mimic the ergonomics of a skil 100, but light enough that i won't (hopefully) tear my rotator cuff off the bone again...i used the stock hitachi depth adjustment knob with a 3/16" allen wrench in conjunction with a clark modified front shoe...feels nice so far..

but the depth adjustment is way sloppier, but i'll take that over another major surgery...


anyone that uses a hitachi/clark mod planer has got to be going "huh?" did the handle get so far back?...a sunday afternoon in the workshop and a lot of filing and epoxy.........

Back in the saddle (no, not yet)

went in to try and glass the shape from my previous post...thankfully i used this as a test run for epoxy laminations on urethane blanks...i had all the time in the world and needed it ....i can't lift my right arm past 8:00 o'clock (visualize it) so laminating is going to be the main impediment to me getting back up and running at work...if i can't glass 'em, they're not getting done....geez....

still managed to get it glassed!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Back in the saddle (sort of)

put on my green hi-tops and took the morning of st. patrick's day to turn the rails and tune up a practice shape prior to getting back to work sometime next week. tinkered with the shape off and on for the last week or so, mostly having to resort to using my left hand...was able to use the right arm today if i kept it pinned to my side. not bad for a 9 week layoff.

the shape is something i've been wanting to do since i got back on my twin fins late last year...this is a real performance twin for our's not a retro shape in any way...basic high performance short board dimensions tweaked a bit to allow for a heavy front foot drive through your turns but still a controlled cutback off the back foot...less nose (ears) facilitates a more vertical (conventional thruster) attack.