A dear friend of mine has a 1971 VW Westfalia Camper Bus
he restored and wanted to mount a surfboard on the roof. Ultimately he wanted to cut the board and use it as a panel mount, so we looked for a cheap surfboard with little success. The cheapest one we found was well over 100 bucks, and a) to never use it as a surfboard and b) cut it up at a later date; cost was not justified.
So, I made him one!
The goal was simple; find cheap materials and make a cost effective surfboard. It more than likely will never be used as an actual surfboard, but it very well can be. Well, more like a flotation device I suppose. After all, wood does float right?!Materials:
You will need the following:
-Five 2x4 planks (I would recommend more, but that is what I used)
-60, 120, 200, 400, 1000, and 1200 grit sand paper
(I used gel stain)
-Outdoor Clear Wood/Deck Sealer
-Planer (Electric strongly recommended)
-Work Bench or saw horse
I already had most of the items listed. I used the cheapest 2x4 I could find and I bought the small quart sized cans for the stains. The wood glue was the large gallon, and the wood filler was the larger of the three cans available at Home Depot. Total expense was between $40.00 -$50.00.
I used a lot of advice from this guy, Abe Toke
He has a neat video series I suggest watching before you start! The main difference is he (and most sources I found on the internet) use foam boards.
As a side note, I am going to include a couple of steps I learned from my mistakes throughout this instructable.