First thing's first. Everyone who is thinking about making a board, most definitely needs to either buy, or make a shaping stand. If you don't do so, and think that a table or two chairs is good enough, I can almost guarantee you will regret it in the end. I make my own shaping stands because it is quite easy, and much less expensive, The picture on the left is actually one of my own. I only took a picture of one in order to give you an idea of what it should look like, but in the end you should have made two allowing you to set the board in/on them. Below I have attached a sketch with dimmensions to help you make your own if you choose to do so.
First off, you will have to collect all of the necessary materials in order to make the stand.
- 2 - 5 Gallon Buckets
- 1 - Quikrete Fast Setting Concrete Mix (50 lbs)
- 6 - 10" 2x4's
- 4 - 4" 2x4's
- 4 - 24"-30" 2x4's
- Foam Padding (Enough to wrap top of stand)
- Box of 3" Screws
- Power Drill
- Masking Tape or Staple Gun
- Sturdy Mixing Sticks
- To start off you will cut all of the 2x4's to the lengths specified above. When it comes to the lengths of the 4 - 2x4's I have labeled 24"-30", you can choose for yourself how tall you would like your stand to be. As an example to go by, I am 6" and have mine cut to 30". This is a comfortable height for me.
- Once complete you will screw all of the 2x4's together with your powerdrill the way I have done so in the picture above. It should be very straightforward, but if you have any questions feel free to contact me under my questions/comments tab on the left side of your screen.
- Once all of the 2x4's have been put together, you can set them in the 5 gallon buckets with the quikrete. Quikrete is very simple to use, and all of the directions are on the bag. All you have to do is pour half of the bag into one of your 5 gallon buckets, and then add the specified amount of water located on the bag, then stir until the water is mixed in. Once you have it all mixed you will place one of your shaping stands into the quikrete at the bottom of the bucket, and leave it there to dry for a few hours. Make sure that when it is drying you have it standing straight up, the last thing you want is a crooked shaping stand. You can repeat these steps for the other stand as well, using the other half of your quikrete bag.
- When the Quikrete has dried you can begin to wrap the top of your stand with foam (I use an egg crate foam mattress topper). You will also want to either tape them on or staple them on, It is all up to you. If you care about your stands looking good (which you shouldn't) you should probably staple them on.
- Now that You're shaping stands are complete it's time for the fun part. Let's start Shaping!!