Whenever two or more woodworkers find themselves within shouting distance of each other, conversations erupt. Talk of project accomplishments and challenges spews forth like sawdust from a kicked over collection bag. So, it was no surprise recently when author Ted Salois heard one such fellow comment on how he was in the gloss-finishing stage of a cuckoo clock he intended to be an heirloom for his grandchildren. He made no attempt to suppress his smile. Another gent with pleated trousers and button-down shirt collar shook his head slowly after describing an exotic plank that split when he drilled a pilot hole and countersink for a screw.

Ted was a bit shocked, however, when one elderly gentleman told of his frustration. Did his project collapse in a late stage of the process? Were his mitred corners not squaring up? No. Turns out he was dismayed because he was unable to think of a suitable task to tackle. Nothing seemed to meet his needs: not too much time required for completion; no need for a high-end shop; and, for similar reasons, no great expense for supplies. His predicament is understandable: we all have time pressures and, often, we want the gratification of project completion not too far beyond our beginning point. Sometimes, simple, quick and inexpensive are just what we need.


With this in mind, Ted gave those specifications some thought. Having already written and published two instructional woodworking books based on more elaborate and time-consuming projects, he decided it was time for another one that aligned with these other desires. Hence, the Build Yourself A Bad-Ash Boogie Board book was born. The 144-page fully illustrated assembly guide has a companion template available from the Seawood Longboards website.
This build can be completed with simple, common tools and even limited work area. It also can be accomplished fairly quickly – in a weekend for basic construction and water-proofing. The book includes nearly 200 process photos and detailed instructions with tips, tricks and shortcuts for easy and fast production. The designated template is sure to make the build a breeze.

On a subsequent meeting of the aforementioned sawdust makers, one of them took news of the book particularly well. With widened eyes, he said he was going to jump into a wood-and-foam boogie board project immediately, commenting how when he'd finished constructing it, “I’ll give it to my grandson as a gift.”

Ted encouraged him to give it a ride or two before making that decision – who knows, he just might want to put some nautical miles on it before passing it along to someone else!


Get the book, Build Yourself A Bad-Ash Boogie Board – by clicking here 


Get the template that was used for the illustrated build by clicking here 

Also by author Ted Salois


How To Build The World’s Most Incredible Wooden Surfboard, and its associated template – click here

Build A Beautiful Wooden Stand-Up Paddleboard (and a really cool paddle, too) and its associated template – click here