Looks awesome man! You look like you're just ahead of the game from where I am - working on my first split too and very much ready to be off of snowshoes.
Did you practice on a throwaway board first? If so, any tips/problems on transitioning to the real deal? I've made my practice board look like swiss cheese and I finally feel like I'm ready to work on the real deal and have it come out great. Still a bit paranoid though.
Mushi- I didn't practice on anything. However, I did watch the voile videos roughly 250 thousand times and measured about 100 times for each step
Realistically, I guess you could say this board was a practice board of sorts. I had all the tools, I picked the deck up at Next Adventure in PDX for $50 and I got the voile kit for cheap, so if I had messed it up I wasn't out much.
But it was actually pretty simple, the Voile directions are very easy to follow and paired with the John Horn videos, it's a relatively simple project. There a probably a few things I will do differently on my next split (like using a drill press instead of a hand drill, a forstner bit instead of a paddle bit, and making sure the holes for the chinese hooks are perfect and trying the karakoram clips, to name a few)
But, that being said, I am very happy with how it came out and can't wait to lay down that first slash.
Hey, cool. I'm also from Portland. Might have some handy info: If you want to use a drill press for your next split but don't want to buy one, check out the various Portland Tool Libraries. I'm in Sellwood and borrowed a bunch of stuff for a week to work on my DIY. I borrowed a drill press from someone at work, but at the SE library they had several drill presses. Also a table saw if you want to split your board that way. I borrowed a circular saw for the practice board, and the old, terrible blade produced a terrible cut, so you might need to buy a new blade if you go that route.
Speaking of which, that terrible cut led me to looking at places to get a board split via waterjet. I haven't done it yet so I can't report on the service, but I will report when my DIY is totally done. Place in Hillsboro estimated between $50-80.