The tools used in these videos represent a selection of my personal workshop tools but you don’t need to have them all. Flat sanding blocks to keep your rails clean, nice and square, together with shaped sanding forms to be able to sand into the curves of the tail. A sharp pencil is a priority tool because, without accurate guidelines of where to work up to, your board could end up becoming unsymmetrical and the hydrodynamic flow can go a bit pear-shaped quickly.

Hand tools that we use to make a Kite Alaia
Here’s a selection of tools that I use to shape the Kite specific Alaia’s

So, tools that allow you to mark guidelines, rulers, straight edges are important. A spokeshave, small hand plane and a mix of sandpapers/disks that range from 60 to 240 grit.

Marking guides and shaped sanding blocks are really useful tools

Power tools, you’ll need a jigsaw, a small electric or hand drill, with a mix of drill bits and one of the best tools I’ve ever invested in, not too overly expensive, is a small-scale finishing router which allows you to work the rails, put inserts into your board, etc. Together with an orbital sander 150mm although a 125mm will suffice with some sort of dust extraction.

Chris Middleton

Hello, I'm an Englishman living in Montpellier, France. I've been kiting and shaping boards for over 20yrs. I’m super stoked to share my knowledge via these DIY self-build Kilaia pages with you.

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