In this video I combine two of my hobbies—skateboarding and woodworking. Whereas traditional skateboards stack layers of veneer one on top of another (akin to plywood), this longboard is made with a vertical lamination construction, which means its essentially a giant cutting board with wheels. I used maple and cherry in its construction. To be honest, it is not a board I ride very much because of its one-dimensional shape, but it was a fun project to build. I filmed the build last y...
I completed the build on the skateboard and sent the pictures to the customer. I wasn’t exactly what that were wanting. They wanted more of a half circle at the ends of the board. I originally did a smaller tail on the bed because of the room needed. That would make the bed almost 10’. Anyway, I planned on building two anyway. I even ordered 8 wheels, so I painted up the first one for our showroom and started on their new one. Here are some pictures of the first one: ...
I did some proportion work and decided I need 6” wheels. The wheels I found have barring that are made for a ½” axle. For the axle, I went to steel supplier and had them cut some 43” pieces for me. For the trucks I glued up some MDF to come up with a 3” thick block. I sanded down the corners at an angle just to give it some interesting lines and not just a plain cube. I have the axle and the trucks. I needed to find a why to attach them together. My original thought was to use a...
After all the challenges I met to add the logo to my son’s skateboard, I have to say that I’m quite pleased with the result. The decal is a “window decal” purchased at Staples. I sprayed a coat of clear-coat on top of the printed decal to prevent the ink from bleeding. I attached the decal to the skateboard by placing it on a wet layer of waterbased wipe-on poly and then coated it all with several more layers of poly. I love how the wood shows through the “...
2 skateboards; 1 finished; 1 to go. Skateboard 1: logo was created using the Omni-Gel process and I think it has turned out quite well. Skateboard 2: I couldn’t get a photo copy today to repeat the process and my backup plan is a plastic window decal that you print on. The plastic is like the material used with overhead projectors. The back is tacky so it will stick to smooth surfaces but it can be removed and re-used. Test A: I printed the decal (it looks great) and I tried us...
Following the “adventures” of trying to get the logo ready for the skateboard (see my last comment on first blog entry) I finally got one of the logos ready for the skateboard. I used the Omni-Gel (successfully) to create the logo decal, following the directions of the product. It would have been easier to just hit the print button but, alas, it was not meant to be. After I let it dry, I glued it to the skateboard, again using the Omni-Gel, and let that sit overnight. So far...
Having the pleasure of building at skateboard deck at Roarockit, with Ted and Norah, was just the beginning of my journey with the “Save the Children” challenge. My pleasure turned to great joy when my son was fascinated by the skateboard deck and it became his birthday present. His request for artwork was the logo of the company he works for, and nothing else. The addition of “the wolf” would be the only other design on the board. As we discussed the design it c...
This past weekend was a big event for the Roswell family, as we celebrated my Mom’s 80th birthday. Plans began early in the year and resulted in a family dinner on Friday night, with my younger brother surprising Mom by flying in from Arizona (after a lot of lies about why he couldn’t make it) and with my son and granddaughter flying in from BC (it didn’t even cross Mom’s mind that he would make the trip). We also had a bonfire breakfast Saturday morning (for the past ...
This past Friday (August 31, 2007) my daughter, (our Canadian Film Crew, / chauffeur) “volunteered” to drive me to Toronto for a personal tour of Ted & Norah’s new location for their Roarockit business and skateboard school. The first part of the interview is found here First of all, I have to say that the travel gods were with us as the trip took us less than two hours, with no traffic jams. Wow. Anyone who has driven to Toronto knows that this is not a common occu...
What a surprise I had when I started preparing for this interview and I found that the company is located in Toronto, Canada – not too far away from me! Yippee! (Thanks to Roarockit for the original image and to Douglas Bordner, our pixelator, for the photo editing to include MsDebbieP)Ted Hunter and wife, Norah Jackson, started the Roarockit company not too long ago, in an effort to make veneering accessible to everyone. The HistoryNorah and Ted, who has been teaching at the Ontario Co...
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