Suggestions for an Alaia build

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Ethan Maloy started the topic in Thursday, 10 Sep 2020 at 8:32am

A friend of mine bought a 5'2 (158 cm), 15" (38 cm) wide, 5/8" (15.9 mm) alaia made from oak. The board is WAY to heavy and very unfinished. I wanted to get some opinions on the best ways to finish and lighten the board so that he doesn't turn it into a skateboard like he mentioned.

I am thinking about adding a small nose rocker and a mildly aggresive concave into a double concave V shape tail to the board all in an attempt to take away weight but I don't know what the best way to remove that much wood would be since I do not own a planer.

What would you suggest for removing that much material and would those design elements ruin a board like that?

Thanks for your time!

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thermalben commented Thursday, 10 Sep 2020 at 10:41am

Got any pics?

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blowfly commented Thursday, 10 Sep 2020 at 10:51am

Where are you Ethan? I have a contact that is right into that stuff and might be able to help.

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udo commented Thursday, 10 Sep 2020 at 11:45am

Pop it on the scales ..curious to know its weight.

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tiger commented Thursday, 10 Sep 2020 at 1:48pm

Probably the easiest would be a disc sander with some 40 grit to take material away where you want, then go through the grades to tidy it up.

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Ethan Maloy commented Friday, 11 Sep 2020 at 7:28am

Very new to the forum, do not know how to post a picture yet.

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Ethan Maloy commented Friday, 11 Sep 2020 at 7:34am

I am coastal NC in the states

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Ethan Maloy commented Friday, 11 Sep 2020 at 7:35am

I don't have the board with me as its a friends but doing some rough math would put it around 18 pounds I believe