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Let us introduce you to the humble surform. Many of you may already be familiar with them, but we’re going to take a closer look at this oh-so-useful of tool’s for our first tool focus blog post. Take a peek in any shaping bay, anywhere in the world, and you will spot a surform sitting on a shelf or hanging on a wall. But their integral role in the shaping of surfboards is not the reason why they’re called “SURForms”, the moniker is an abbreviation of the name “surface-forming tool”.
Essentially, what you’re looking at is a glorified cheese-grater which sits on the workshop wall somewhere between a rasp and a plane, and is used to remove material from any moderately soft surface such as wood, plaster or foam. The tool is a steel strip with holes punched out of it, and the edge of each hole sharpened on one side to form a small, individual cutting blade. This steel strip is mounted on a carriage that has a handle at one or either end, allowing it to be run across material using the same action as that of using a plane.