something a bit different - skateboard

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Project by cyclops4069 posted 04-22-2014 12:34 PM 1696 views 12 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this is my first attempt at a “real skateboard”. the project started out about 1 year ago, as a quick repair of my sons original skateboard which quickly turned into a full-blown production line of boards. well – we stopped at 2!!! the possibilities were endless, just that the quantity of my hoop pine veneer sheets was being exhausted at a rapid rate. the photos describe the jig that was built for the “pressing” of the glued up laminate sheets. there were 7 sheets used per board – each being just a fraction over 1.5mm thick with the boards ending up approx. 11.5-12.0 mm thick. The shape of the boards “we” produced ended up being very much like the shop bought stuff.

As we got into the build my son took over the process of gluing up all the veneers and from the perspective of having some “quality” time in the workshop “building stuff” was all I could have hoped for really. it was a blast! – my son was super chuffed at having made “his own” board…and it was great to see how proud he was of it. Projects like these are the sort of things I enjoy. I still remember the times I spent making things with my dad many years ago….I have fond memories of those times…...and hopefully one day my boy too will look back and think of these times we had together…...

-- regards, cyclops4069

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#1 posted 04-22-2014 12:37 PM

very cool idea, great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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Jim Rowe

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#2 posted 04-22-2014 01:36 PM

Nice looking board. There’s some interesting stuff here that is useful for construction of skateboards I have one of their vacuum presses.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#3 posted 04-22-2014 01:51 PM

that is simply awesome

-- If I can't make it, I probably don't need it.

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#4 posted 04-22-2014 02:08 PM

JR45….I’ll have to look into those vacuum systems…many thanks….

-- regards, cyclops4069

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#5 posted 04-22-2014 03:29 PM

Together projects are the best. Congratulations to you and your son on turning out nice looking boards. At my age though I would never build anything I could fall of of….LOL..

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 04-22-2014 03:41 PM

I’m envious! I’m looking forward to a time I can get one of my children in the shop with me. For me, just doing anything together is the best.

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Brett StClair

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#7 posted 04-22-2014 04:16 PM

Nice work!
I can only hope my daughter and I find a common interest in the shop as you have.

My apologies if you’ve already considered this but if you are planning on building even a small volume of these I’d like to make a suggestion…
I’ve done a fair bit of veneering myself and I found a build it yourself vacuum system kit from for a fairly reasonable price that works really well. It produces some really good consistent results and is well suited for a project like this.
Disclaimer – I am not affiliated with them whatsoever other than just a customer but the site is loaded with good how-tos and information on veneering and veneer forming. Joe (the owner) is also really great about answering whatever questions you may have. They also sell veneer of various species that you might find interesting.

-- "Make things as simple as possible... but not any simpler." - Albert Einstein

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#8 posted 04-22-2014 05:24 PM

Great work, what a fun project!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 04-22-2014 06:54 PM

Priceless time in the shop and a great skateboard too. Good on you and your son.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#10 posted 04-22-2014 08:12 PM

I have lots of request from students to do skateboards. I really like the look of your jig.

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#11 posted 04-22-2014 08:45 PM

Building a Skateboard with your kid is truly awesome. I did that with my youngest back in the summer of 2012

-- “The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic.” ― H.L. Mencken, Minority Report

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#13 posted 04-23-2014 03:36 AM

Cool project!!!

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#14 posted 04-23-2014 04:59 AM

Friggin awesome. I think I’d enjoy that as much as my kids.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#15 posted 04-23-2014 06:19 PM

Very Nice! I used to skateboard when I was a bit younger. I quit about 5 or 6 years ago. The shape of the board looks like it would have some good pop, which will allow for higher ollies and tricks in general. Most store bought decks are 7 or 8 ply, so you are real close to store quality (if not better).

I hope you and your son had fun. My dad and I are in the process of scraping up money to get a father and son woodshop together, and I truly look forward to the memories we will make in that wood shop.

-- I'll think of a good one someday

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