Let me start by saying, I do not skate board. I want to make sure I am not associated with skate boarders and as a disclaimer, I didn’t know much about them.
My brothers in law wanted to get into long boarding. I decided to tackle the challenge of making a pair of boards. I haven’t done anything like this build before. I learned a lot and if there are any pointers you may have please let me know.
I played with the idea of inlaying fiberglass but after some failed testing I found Maple and Tite-bond worked best. I imagine I could have found some higher end glues that would have worked better. The main problem with the fiber glass was the resin separating from the wood under pressure.
Structurally I wanted a camber to add to the support and spring and the areas ahead of and behind the wheels to be as low to the ground as practical. The trucks that the wheels mount to are set so they drop through the board and the board sits lower to the ground (making it easier to push the board along). I also had to cut out the side of the boards to make room for the wheels when turning.
For a start of the dimensions I found a common design on line and over laid a scale on it.
I made a mould to match the profile of the top of the board. The mould was made from 2×4s I cut down with the band saw to match my profile, then screwed all the pieces together and smoothed with a plane and belt sander.
I re-sawed Maple boards so I would have 6 plys per board.
I have a vacuum bag I used to clamp the plys together. For suction I got a cheap AC Venturi pump from Harbor Freight and a homemade PVC holding tank. I only trusted myself to do one ply at a time and only one – three plys a day. It was a slow process. At times certain edges needed an extra clamp or the middle would bow up and would have to be clamped. I think it may have been because my plys may have been a little thick. Any thoughts on this?
the vacuum pump
Once a board was complete I had a blank
I trimmed down with a jig saw and fit the hardware
That left finishing. Both of my brothers are artists so I tried to burn a little thing they had done in the past.