Just split my second Burton Custom. This time it went much better with the circular saw straight through the 3D pattern. Also I used an angle grinder instead of a steel saw to cut through the steel edges. The custom has carbon in front to make the nose harder, and if you cut it with steel saw you have to grind it down which takes forever. the angle grinder left a perfect cut that matches the one of the circular saw. Now I just need to get into the hardware mounting.
So the project seem to be a never-ending story, but I want to start sharing because I found it interesting. I got a burton custom second hand. It was a different color than the regular one I had from the same year (2004, before they started messing with the channel and rocker). It got me thinking there is something strange with it.
While cutting the board I found it was really itchy, something I did not find from the first Burton Custom i cut last year (if you look at my tumblr you can scroll down to the first try).
I did not think about it so much, but once I started mounting the hardwear I realized it was much stronger towards the middle of the board and edges. The holes did not bulge anything while trying to countersink, it was almost to perfect to fit the hardwear in there (I live in Europe so cannot get the exact measurements on tools). This does not apply in the middle of each ski, meaning that the middle hole for touring bracket and both for the risers are in line where there is wood only. The balance point is almost 1" back from my previous board (remember same year/edition).
It also flexes outwards, meaning that it put a lot of pressure on the hooks and nose/tail clips so it squeezes together nicely but is a little harder to put together. Does anyone have any ideas what it is that is used to reinforce the wood? Carbon or fiber glass is my first thinking because of the itch, but cannot remember any 2004 Burton board having it in there.