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 Post subject: Cutting my Fish v. Split Decision
PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:11 am 
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Can I cut through my mounting threads when slicing a Burton board or do I have to cut around them? I have looked at the Split Decision instructions and it does not seem to mention this. Some pictures to illustrate my dilemma:

Can I just slice her up the center like so with a carbide blade?
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Or will I have to hack around the Burton bolt pattern like was done here? This was cut by a Voile recommended shop (MNT Technologies)
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 Post subject: Re: Cutting my Fish v. Split Decision
PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:31 am 
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Hi PowderHound, welcome to the site!

Check out jimw's post in this thread on splitting a Fish.
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=542&hilit=fish

I thought he did a TR or write-up on the process but I can't seem to locate it.

Here's a pic of the finished product though. Good luck and happy splitting!
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 Post subject: Re: Cutting my Fish v. Split Decision
PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 12:21 pm 
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Make sure you use a nice sharp carbide blade to do this, and go very slow through the inserts. Too much heat, and you will be fixing the board in those areas. It isn't as scary as it sounds, just cut slow and it will go. :thumpsup:

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 Post subject: Re: Cutting my Fish v. Split Decision
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:27 am 
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getting ready
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drew my line
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making the cut
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Success!
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Clean cut through the T bolts
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next step- prepping and mounting the Voile kit. to be continued.....


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 Post subject: Re: Cutting my Fish v. Split Decision
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:39 am 
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Powderhound - Thanks for posting the pix and update. I am getting ready to split a Malolo I bought on eBay for my girlfriend. I was worried about those inserts! I can't believe you did it freehand. I think I'm going to clamp a rail down. I don't have that much faith in my steady hands.

Couple of questions for you:
- I notice you didn't tape the area where you cut. Did you have any chipping/flaking from the saw blade?
- What did you do about the metal edge around the tip/tail? Did you pre-cut that to keep it from tearing? Others have said to pre-cut this and I am wondering if you had any problems.

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 Post subject: Re: Cutting my Fish v. Split Decision
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 10:07 am 
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deejayoh wrote:
Powderhound - Thanks for posting the pix and update. I am getting ready to split a Malolo I bought on eBay for my girlfriend. I was worried about those inserts! I can't believe you did it freehand. I think I'm going to clamp a rail down. I don't have that much faith in my steady hands.

Couple of questions for you:
- I notice you didn't tape the area where you cut. Did you have any chipping/flaking from the saw blade?
- What did you do about the metal edge around the tip/tail? Did you pre-cut that to keep it from tearing? Others have said to pre-cut this and I am wondering if you had any problems.

thx
DJO


I experimented a bit with setting up a jig but decided to just go for it. I could definitely feel it when I hit the inserts and sparks were flying- just go slow and you'll cut through them like butter.

No issues with chipping/flaking which surprised me a bit. It has a super glossy top sheet.
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regarding the metal edges- i just cut right through it and it didnt tear at all.


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 Post subject: Re: Cutting my Fish v. Split Decision
PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:14 pm 
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Finally got the kit from Voile and put it together. No real issues except for a 2mm gap in the top 1/5 of the board, the rest is solid. Also I should have used the goofy rear foot template because of my slight duckfoot stance but its ok. Overall a success. Cant wait to get out and use it

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 Post subject: Re: Cutting my Fish v. Split Decision
PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:30 pm 
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you can see the gap in the first pic.

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went a little crazy sanding the sidewall down

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 Post subject: Re: Cutting my Fish v. Split Decision
PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:11 pm 
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Great pictures! Thanks for posting them.

I have a feeling i'm going to get that gap in my fish too... Just taking the two parts and laying them together, they won't sit without a gap, unless I force them together at the top and bottom at the same time... I'm not sure why that is. It bothers me a little.


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