HomeGrown Surfboard Kits

Everything you need, just add tools and the desire to create something beautiful.

 

Most of the boards in our line are offered as complete DIY kits. While some woodworking experience can be helpful, if you’re good with your hands, can work carefully with an attention to detail and follow written instructions, you should be able to tackle this project with great success. Most people take 60-80 hours of hands-on time to complete a board. With glue and epoxy drying times, the fastest you can complete a board from a kit is two to three weeks. However most people build boards over several months or more, picking away at it little by little as time allows. While the finished product can feel far away, if you focus on each acheivable small step, they'll quickly add up to a beautiful surfboard that you'll always feel proud of. We've helped thouasands of people do it. And we know that you’ll love the feeling of dropping into your first wave on a Homegrown Surfboard Kit you built yourself. It’s indescribable.

We developed our kits before wood surfboard kits existed anywhere else, and from the beginning, we've wanted them to be complete, comprehensible and above all, do-able.  We support our kit builders by phone, email, and in person (we're not shy about stopping by to see how you're doing if we're in your neighborhood).  We love this process, and we want every surfer to get the same experience we've had, and to paddle out, incredulous, on a gorgeous board they built themselves.

Whats Included in Our Kits:
  • Precision-cut frameset
  • Milled Cedar top and bottom planks and
  • All railstrips to build rails of your board
  • All internal blocking (nose, tail, hardware, etc)
  • Fin box(s)
  • Leash plug
  • Gore Tex vent
  • 16oz bottle of Tite-Bond III and a 10oz tube of Fast Cure 5200
  • Epoxy resin and hardener
  • Fiberglass cloth
  • Disposable gloves
  • Epoxy mixing buckets
  • Plastic squeegees
  • A 170 page instruction manual that walks you though each step of the process
List of tools and supplies you'll need that are not included in our kit:
  • Block plane and/or spokeshave
  • Sharp chisel
  • Fine tooth saw
  • Utility knife
  • One 27” bar clamp and six 2” spring clamps for each foot of length of board you’re building
  • Some small expendibles such as masking tape, some pencils, some 80 and 120 grit sandpaper and sanding blocks/ fairing boards
  • You’ll also need to build a simple ladder style table built with 2x4’s, some 1x3 strapping and sheetrock screws, used for gluing up planks. The table will double as a base for the rocker table that you’ll build your board on. More on this in your instruction manual
  • If starting from scratch with no tools (and no friends with tools to loan you), plan to spend roughly $250- $300 on these things, above and beyond the kit price. Everything can be purchased at your local hardware store or online. Our go-to website for building supplies is www.jamestowndistributors.com.

Already have a Grain board and looking to build another? Our 'Build Your Quiver' plan saves you money on your second and third build, whether it's building a kit at home or joining us for a workshop in Maine, New York, or on the road.

Note: Before you decide on a surfboard kit from someone else, make sure you understand the total cost of the component materials you'll have to source and buy separately, as well as the time it will take to fill in the gaps of knowledge that aren't covered in their manual.   Usually, we'll get them out within a week or two, but allow three weeks, let us know if there's a rush, and please be patient - once in a while we have a shortage of materials and have to wait for something to come in. You can find tools and other board building supplies and materials you might need, including our precision cut rocker lift sets in our online store.

Home build feeling to much to take on? Join us in Maine, New York or meet us on the road and let us walk you through the process in one of our 4-day workshops. You'll do the building, but we'll be at your side to make sure it all comes together just right.