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There is something magical about creating something with your own two hands. Building your own hollow core paddle board will be one of the most rewarding projects that you'll tackle.
At Jarvis Boards, we've made over a 1,000 wooden paddle boards for customers all around the world. We've distilled the knowledge gained into DIY paddle boards kits that can be made at home.
Our Frame Kits are precision cut using our in house laser cutter. By starting with our frame kits, builders can ensure 100% accuracy of their new board build.
See the video below to learn how to assemble your frame.
Our builders come to us with a wide range of skill sets and needs for building their own board. Because of this, we offer a range of paddle board ordering options ranging from digital plans, paper plans, frame kits and locally grown kits which includes everything that you need to build a board except the tools and outer wood for the skins and rails.
Our frame kits are our most popular option as they save the first time builder considerable time in pre-cutting their own frame and ensure accuracy.
For more complete kits, check out our Locally Grown Complete Kit which features everything needed to build your board except tools and the wood for skin and rails.
We designed our kits to make them as easy as possible for the first time builder with a limited number of tools.
Are these identical to your production boards? - Yes and no. These are identical in that it is the exact same shape as our production boards. They are different in that they use a strip building method with is better suited for the home builder.
How long does it take? - Boards typically take between 20 and 60 hours to complete. What tools to I need? - We’ve designed our kits so that they can be built using a limited number of expensive tools. At a minimum you’ll need a good sander, a block plain, clamps, a handsaw and router. For a complete list of tools, check our latest blog post.
Do I need to build a special table? - No! We’ve designed our kits so that you don’t need to create a special “rocker table” which only adds costs and time to your build.
Do you have the wood for the skins available? - Yes, you can choose either strips or planks of our Pre-milled Paulownia wood.
What instructions can you provide?- We started out just like you building boards and boats one at a time in a two car garage so we know exactly the concerns that you have. "Can I really do this?" The answer is yes! We’ve created a number of options to help provide instructions including, a how to book, an online web course, one on one direct video coaching. If you’d like to build a board with us, inquire about our in person workshops in Austin, TX by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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