Learning how to make a longboard skateboard deck takes a great deal of research, patience, and moderate experience in woodworking. Utilizing a degree of competence can assure a reinforced assembly of a steady longboard skateboard model. Purchasing a longboard skateboard kit can help assist those with beginners lacking the appropriate experience. However, if cruising downhill tops the to-do list of recreational activities, then rummaging the hardware store for some essentials will help customize an adrenaline pumped adventure.
To make a longboard skateboard deck, you will need:
- Some 2" x 4” boards
- 6 to 8 bolts of the same kind
- Maple or Baltic Birch wood
- Gorilla Glue or any other adhesive.
- Object to spread the adhesive, such as a paintbrush or rollers.
- Sandpaper to help smooth out the edges
- Pencil or other writing utensil
- Tape measure or ruler
- Trucks, wheels, and hardware
- Grip tape, so you don't fall off the board
- Spray paint for a nifty design
- Assemble a press. The bolt press acts as a shock absorber for shifting weight downhill or cruising. Construct three support beams (ribs) over the main support beam (spinal column), then take a sheet of plywood and bolt it to the core design.
- Choose the appropriate wood. Most avid longboard skateboarders recommend Baltic Birch as the primary wood type for downhill cruising; however, Maple functions well as a decent substitute. Customizing a thickness of the wood to no less than ½ an inch works well.
- Cutting the board for accurate measurements. Assess the desired measurements before shaping the board, and leave a few inches for adjustments. Remember to cut against the grain for a stronger board.
- Draw a template outlining the design of your board. Cut out the template once achieving a desirable design.
- Outline the template onto the wood.
- Glue the deck onto the bottom support boards using Gorilla Glue or other substitute adhesive.
- Tighten the bolts from the press onto the boarding deck.
- Let the board rest overnight to allow the adhesive to dry thoroughly.
- Cut the wood according to the template design outlined onto the wood using a Jigsaw.
- Conduct a stress test using cylinder blocks or relatively heavy objects.
- Smooth the surface and edges using sandpaper or a manual/electronic sander.
- Drill holes at the center of the board deck for the trucks. Make sure to use a level.
- Paint the board according to the desired effect. Wear a respirator or mask when using spray paint.
- Glossy coating. Clear coat the board deck for a shiny glossy appearance. Do this after you paint!
- Apply the grip tape. Rip the backing of the grip tape off, and secure it to the board deck.
- Ride. Take it easy at first to get a feel for the customized longboard. After a few test runs, take it to some steep hills and start cruising.
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