surfboard construction

The finless solid-wood boards used in the first half of the 20th century were all constructed in essentially the same way, by hand- shaping a slab of wood (usually redwood or a redwood/balsa laminate) with a saw, drawknife, hand planer, and sandpaper, then sealing the board with varnish. Hollow boards, popular in the '30s and '40s, were built from traverse-braced panels of cedar, ma- hogany, spruc...

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