In my previous post, I said that the wooden structure was complete, but I forgot to mention that we still needed to install the nose and tail blocks. In a paddleboard, the bow and stern are called the “nose” and “tail”. We finished the nose by installing a nose block laminated from pieces of red cedar. We cut across the bottom at the nose to expose the central longitudinal spar and then cut off the end of the spar to expose the underside of the deck at the nose. We took six 1/2 inch pieces of red cedar and laminated them at the nose with thickened epoxy. You could use a single large solid block if you wanted to -- it just happened to be those pieces are what we had on hand. After the epoxy cured we rough cut it to shape with a handsaw then planed it to match the curve of the nose. There are no rules on how to do this. We wanted to keep it simple. You can get creative here with laminating different colors and species of wood.
The process at the tail is similar, but this time we cut across the deck to expose the inside of the bottom and glued a single block across the end.
After the blocks were shaped, we chose to extend the outer layer of the rails around the edges of the blocks. We thought it would be more aesthetically pleasing to have the pattern of vertical rails continuous around the entire board.