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Home made split board

Postby BillyGoatGruff » Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:28 am

Anyone converted a normal twin tip to a split board for travel. I have seen a few on website which all look a bit clumsy with big bits of wood holding it together.

I am thinking of picking up an old Shinn Monk:

1. Cut board in centre at 45 with a disc saw
2. Seal the new ends with an epoxy
3. Drill new connection holes on either side
3. Connection detail ??..... suggestions please (currently thinking of thin aluminium plates on top and bottom of board)

Just a bit of a fun project, as I am aware of the manufactured split boards out there.

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Re: Home made split board

Postby Greenturtle » Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:23 pm

Ive made a couple- Two different versions of the clunky reconnect with wood method. Both work well for me.

Find the pics of the wavy cut 134cm board here-
https://www.kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php ... &p=1039679

And tandem/light wind board here with straight cut-
https://www.kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=2399501


If you are thinking aluminum maybe consider hollow square bar stock on top, and only the “elevator type” bolt heads on the bottom; you could very easily get away with three bars running from footpad to footpad, one each near the edges and one in middle, and nothing else.
The thing with aluminum is that when it bends it may stay that way. Whereas wood springs back for sure unless broken.
Really theres no right or wrong way to skin this cat, it will work, and you should definitely do it!
Post pics of your project please!

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Re: Home made split board

Postby badgb21 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:24 pm

Do you chaps darn socks and brew your own beer also?

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Re: Home made split board

Postby Greenturtle » Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:47 pm

badgb21 wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:24 pm
Do you chaps darn socks and brew your own beer also?
Youve got a point. From now on I think Ill just charter private jets (avoid baggage rules and the riffraff that hangs around commercial airports) and bring my full quiver of un-split boards. So much easier! Yay! What have I been thinking?? Why bother with a splitboard when that option is so readily available!? No, no, Ive got it!!! I’ll just cruise the globe on that yacht of mine thats been collecting dust-Yes! wow I never realized what a cheapskate I was!

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Re: Home made split board

Postby badgb21 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:18 am

I find private jets rather limited on luggage space, max length anyway.

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Re: Home made split board

Postby Greenturtle » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:07 pm

Perhaps you could post some detailed pics of your factory split board, so that anyone interested in making their own could get more ideas while they mend socks and read this forum...

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Re: Home made split board

Postby badgb21 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:48 pm

Certainly!

It’s a Concept Ruler Board.
It is cut straight in half, no groove or anything, just a straight cut. The cut edge of each half just butts up together.

Then, what appears to be a carbon fibre plate bolts down, joining the two halves of the board together.
The plate has 3 bolts on each side which screw into corresponding threads in the board.
The plate had 4 ‘lugs’ on the underside of it, similar in size to half a marble sticking out, these locate into corresponding ‘cups’ in the board.
As the bolts are tightened the ‘lug’s tighten into the ‘cups’.

What is clear when assembling the board is the precision of how all the parts are made and how well it fits together.
The connecting plate is a work of art, being so stiff and light.

The finished board has great strength, far more than you would ever expect only bolting it from one side.
Apart from the reviews, warranty, dealing with a known retailer, I liked the fact it splits into 2 equal parts. So my 140, becomes 70cm for travelling and can be packed with some packing, into a 75cm suitcase long if necessary.

Here's the exact same board but with a different name on it, being put together;



Greenturtle wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:07 pm
Perhaps you could post some detailed pics of your factory split board, so that anyone interested in making their own could get more ideas while they mend socks and read this forum...
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Re: Home made split board

Postby Greenturtle » Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:23 pm

That’s really interesting, so few fasteners and only one positioned wide on each side!? Their inserts must be anchored real good. I tend to think three across at the wide and inner positions is minimal with 12 total. He presses the board one way in vid- but with pressure from underside I can imagine force on the two lonely outer screws / gap opening at outer edges of plate but maybe not.
Thanks for post its food for thought


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