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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.
The San Marcos is our most popular board as it is stable enough for beginners and works in a wide range of water conditions.
There are three ways you can start your new board.
1. Paper or digital plans - This is the most economical option for those on a budget or international customer. Starting here will add 10 to 15 hours to your build
2. Pre Cut frames - This is the most common place to start. We ship you pre cut frames so that you can start right away assembling your board
3. Locally Grown kits - This is our most comprehensive place to start and includes everything you need to build your board excluding the wood used for the exterior skins of the board.
Our locally grown kits include everything you need to build your board, excluding the wood for the skins. This includes the frame, glassing supplies, glue, mixing cups, gloves, graphics kit, and small parts (fin boxes, leash loops and vents).
For the skins, most builders use cedar which can be sourced from many local hardware stores across the country for around $150 to $200.
If you still have questions how how to build take a look at our tutorial page
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 outer wood for the skins.
Our frame kitsare 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 kits which features everything needed to build your board except tools and the wood for the decks 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.
Why don’t you include the wood for the skins? - One of the joys in building boards is that each one is unique. Customers like to use a wide range of different woods to achieve the look the they want. For this reason, we encourage builders to source their wood locally.
Where do I get wood for the outer skins? - Wood can be had from a number of sources including your local big box hardware store. the planks will need to be milled to 1/4 thickness. Wood prices vary from region to region but expect to pay anywhere from $150 dollars to $450 dollars for lumber for your board. Some of our favorite woods to use are Cedar, Paulownia, pine and Cypress.
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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