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Thursday, 22 April 2021

Wettie Backpack



In the last few weeks I've been dealing with Ventsit or ACS10 material, and I have also been surfing most weeks. The surfing usually involves a walk to the beach with wetsuit, wax, sunscreen, legrope and board.  At one stage I had a home made surfboard trailer for the trek but I abandoned that for whatever reason. 

But for now, I decided on something different, also to make the trek easier, a wetsuit backpack from the acs10. The material is light and completely immune to water, and I had a few bits spare that had been on recumbent trikes and were now a bit worse for wear.

Making it took about 2 hours and used a 26" bike tube as the strap, which is sewn  / tied to the side of the pack facing my back. I sawed off the valve on the tube before fitting it, and the hole where the valve used to be is covered by a patch. It took about 2 hours to make, and I used it today with success. 


Steve Nurse

Monday, 5 April 2021

Printer Spools


Maybe this is the killer ap, putting things made with my technique from cd's on top of the printer spool thing.

Printer spool tetrahedron.

This is where the bucket shown below came from. I supersized the shredder box with a custom made wooden replacement.

Using the side of the printer spools to make different platonic solids. I don't know what for yet, but see some examples above.

Plan to use the centre of the spools to refurb and lighten this recumbent trike tailbox.

Harvesting bits from printer spools using the ex-shredder bucket.

Not much to write about, I hope the pictures tell the story. Still trying to work out what to do with the things made from the sides of printer spools.



Steve Nurse

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Saturday, 27 March 2021

Double Ended Asym Board


Fil from Jucsurf...

compares surfboards.

The new stick.


Today Fil from Jucsurf delivered my latest design, a double ended Asymmetrical board. Its not actually asymmetrical, its just differently symmetrical. Anyway, the fin can be put on either end, making an asym design suitable for goofys or naturals. Hope to post more pics soon. I did my best to explain it in my last post!


Steve Nurse

And here are those pics, its something for starters. I am a goofy / switchfoot, thanks to Kevin Browne for taking the pics at gully beach! Was having lots of fun here on what might be considered ordinary waves. Will add my impressions of the board soon.


So hear we go with a quick review of the board. I have surfed on it 3 times and it took a bit of time for me to get used to it. And the waves have been quite small, so I can only review it for the waves I've surfed. The board which is its immediate predecessor, and one I might still use on occasions is the blue Asym shown in the pics above, a Trigger fibreglass / polyurethane windsurfer with carbon fibre reinforcement, converted to surfboard, converted to Asym.

First impressions were that I freaked out and didn't think the Asym bit was right, but that was only because the board was the wrong way round and I was looking at the "natural" end. Spin it around 180 degrees and order was restored to the world, the back end similar to the Trigger board. Then it was how light it was. Lastly, it was that the rails near the back and front of the board were soft (large radius) compared to that of my old board.

I wasn't sure about the board after the first surf, by the 2nd I had swapped the fin over for my old red one and had caught a few good waves. By the third surf shown in the pics, things were going quite well. For now I am very happy to keep the board as is and look forward to more surfs on it.

The new board floats very well and I can paddle it while kneeling. I think part of the "extra floating" is the very shallow rocker (bottom bend) in the board which means most of the base of the board contributes to floatation. It will be interesting to try it in bigger surf, where easier paddling means earlier takeoffs.

A bit of research (ok, image search for double ender surfboard on google) reveals there is nothing new in the world! Emerick Ishikawa makes double ender / fin set at both ends surfboards as well, here is a link and here is a video .


Update April 2, 2021: The full shape I sent to the board builders is now available for free as an STL and a 2018 thingiverse file on the Thingiverse site here .

Update April 13, 2021

Double ended kiteboard. I think this is an early model by

How I got it home from the op shop.

If you are a Toyota Corolla driver, you will see Corollas everywhere. And so it is with double ender asym boards. Well maybe! When I was a bit busy, I dropped into Vinnies Collingwood on my trike and had a quick look at some books before spying a board in the corner near the door. Although I was interested, I didn't have the time or inclination to buy it then and there, as I had a few important things to do that would not be helped by cruising around with a board in the back. I tried remembering the name of the maker but couldn't quite (Roberto - something?).

But a few days later my timetable was clearer and I went to the chemist for my wife Christine, and then back to the op-shop. The board wasn't where it was previously,  but I asked the sales-lady about it, and they still had it and she dragged it out. I had to make  a phone call before loading up, but once loaded, it was an easy ride all the way home. I did avoid busy streets though.

 So now I am the proud owner of a double ended or "twintip" asymmetric kiteboard with the same layout principle as the surfboard I designed.  2nd photo shows how I got it home.

There's not much describing this style of board on the net but I would welcome anyone who has riding experience on one.

As far as actually using the board as a kiteboard, I'm never going to do it. I don't live down the coast all the time, so its lucky I've even kept up surfing, and adding anything else involving wind (sailing, windsurfing, paragliding etc.) I just don't have the time or inclination for. But maybe I will use it as a kneeboard or bellyboard at some stage.


Monday, 15 February 2021

Soccer Ball: Icosahedron from construction kit, part 2


Truncated icosahedron is...


My side assembly template. The hex side shown uses a cd, 6 joiners and a hairband / rubber band. Edge joiners must be evenly spaced to ensure it all fits together.

Interior. Yes an entire season of dodgy Grey's anatomy DVD's were used.

More interior


Making the .........

truncation sides

which are timber cut using a hole saw

Cd and timber dodecahedrons

Timber Dodecahedron. This is all the truncation sides joined together for a bit of a warm-up.


Tonight I finished the icosahedron I'd started making bits for. Quite an achievement I think, Lego Masters eat your heart out!

The bill of materials:

20 cd's

120 edge joiners for cd.

12 truncation sides based on holesawn timber,

60 edge joiners for timber

32 hair bands.

90 edge pins made from bamboo skewers. These are crushed at one end so they're a press fit in their slots.

The truncated icosahedron has the same form as a soccer ball, this one is not for kicking though!


Steve Nurse

Saturday, 13 February 2021

Icosahedron from construction kit, part 1


Truncated icosahedron of the type I will be making.

This table for designing truncation pieces this was used to design the extra square sides of ....
this octahedron (about 42mm from edge holdes on squares to centres)

and the planned icosahedron faces....

with edge holders 57.2mm from centre.

The round timber pieces were cut using holesaws to cut through.....

3mm plywood.....

in this large drill.

Graphical image of truncations of cd polygons.

Hi, as described in posts here and here and here, I have been experimenting making regular platonic solids using cds as a base, but haven't yet cracked the 20 sided, triangle sided icosahedron. But a bit of work making a truncated, reinforced octahedron made me realise the reinforcing truncation sides could be made quite easily. 

The octahedron only needed 6 extra square truncation sides and I made them from bicycle sprockets of varying sizes. There was a bit of effort designing and making 3 different types of matching surrounds for the sprockets. With 12 truncation sides, the icosahedron really needed a uniform truncation side.

Eventually I wandered out to the shed, grabbed my big, (mostly intact!) holesaws and worked out which holesaw would cut the best truncation sides. Then I made a sample side, and designed and printed an edge adapter for it, using the spreadsheet and graphic 57.5mm measurement as one of the dimensions.

So the sides worked out ok, and I was ready to start making more parts. The round part of the truncation side came first, I was all set up to make that with the holesaw already in the drill. (to be continued)


Steve Nurse

Monday, 1 February 2021

Double Ended Asym Surfboard

Some small scale models of the board. The fin position is at the bottom of the pic. Models downloadable from the thingiverse website here


Full size double ended Asymmetrical Shape in 3d cad.

Some design inspiration from my brother Richard's.......

homemade, handcarved......

Wooden Handski.

Fil from Jucsurf, I showed him my current carbon fibre asym board, (left) and he brought along a Juc Surf Carbon fibre reinforced model. My Asym is a reworked Trigger Brothers Windsurfer as documented here. Some of the design process for the new board is here.

Back in the day (ok, about 1990) at the same beach - a Mailibu (8 foot and over) surfing comp at the same beach - Left to right, Alan Atkins, Steve Hughes, Howard Hughes, Phil Trigger


For a long time I have been a surfer, and into my 30's I was over-obsessed by it.  It was only when I realised I could never when a world championship, and that travelling a 260k round trip to go surfing wasn't helping family life that I slowed down my surfing and became more involved in building bikes.

But my surfing has never stopped entirely, and I still try to make it down for a surf if I have the time and the waves look good.

Anyway, without bothering with too much yammering, I've now ordered a double ended asymmetrical surfboard from Jucsurf,  who make surfboards using recycled carbon fibre reinforcement.

I'd had the idea of the double ended Asym for a while. When you're surfing, the front bit of the board doesn't do anything, it just sticks out in the free air - so if you're going to make an asym board - which lessens the difference between toe and heel side surfing - why not make one end suit goofys (right foot forward surfers) and the other to suit naturals (left foot forward surfers). 

And the asym never caught on, maybe because conventional symmetry allows a board to be made and sold which suits goofys and naturals equally well, and needs no complex explaining. Well - the new board will suit goofys and naturals equally, as long as you switch the fin from one end to the other - but the complex explaining will become necessary! 

A post about a vintage Asym board from Shred Sledz puts some of this into perspective. Some of the post needs to be translated from "surfboard language" into "English" which most people will have some hope of understanding!

Shred Sledz: "The Carl Ekstrom asymmetrical surfboard measures in at 7’10” x 23 1/2″ x 4″. Wave count is not an issue on this thing!"

English: The surfboard is long and thick and so floats well. This means that for most people the board will float you out of the water, and most experienced surfers should be able to paddle it easily, and catch waves easily too"   

For this board: My board will be longer and just as thick at the Ekstrom which means it should be easy to paddle and catch waves. I am a bit old (60) and a bit heavy (83kg) but moderately fit and it was designed for me. See pic 6, some boards are much smaller!

Shred Sledz: "Unfortunately for me and all the other regularfoots out there, the tail on the Carl Ekstrom asymmetrical surfboard is designed for goofyfoot surfers. It’ll be hard enough finding another one of these boards in great condition, much less with the right tail configuration."

English: Even if I could borrow this board and have a go on it, its tail configuration would not suit me. With my left foot forward surfing the toe side rail is shorter. Asyms work in reverse, the toe side rail should be longer which evens out the ability of the board to turn on toe and heel sides.

For this board: With fin boxes on each end of the board, and the right sort of tail configurations, the fin position of my board will be adjustable between "suits goofy / right foot forward surfers" and "suits regular / natural / left foot forward surfers. This will involve swapping fin postions, a 2 - 3 minute job. See pic 1 of some existing models.

Regards Steve Nurse

Update April2, 2014: The story continues here with a completed, full sized board, and a thingiverse file available for the surfboard shape.

Best Wishes