Walnut Longboard

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Project by crispy posted 01-31-2015 04:29 AM 1172 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey guys! I was at Windsor Plywood shopping for some wood for a table for my Ma and came across a suuuuper nice piece of walnut that I just had to do something with. Had a nice grain, some sapwood on one side which grew to around 1/2 the wood on the other side, and a nice (not broken through or brittle looking) knot right in the middle. All that added up to a project that could be viewed from both sides, so I settled on a new longboard!

I cut out the shape and had it stained and then though ‘oh crap, I’m just gonna slide off it, I’m gonna have to ruin the look with grip tape’, so tried to come up with something that would still let you see the wood beneath, but still have some style to it. Came up with this circular maze pattern that was super fun to cut out and stick on piece by piece, and I love the way it turned out!

Went to put trucks and wheels on it and the purple wheels caught my eye. The dude at the longboard shop slid them on those teal trucks and I was sold! You can see from the wall behind that I like bright colors lol

Let me know what you guys think! Suggestions, comments, etc all welcome

My lesson learned for the project: Always wipe off the workbench before you clamp something down. Beneath the grip tape there’s a nice little’ crunched in section from a left over wood chip that I forced into the board! D’oh. Cover ‘er up and learn for next time!

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#1 posted 01-31-2015 01:56 PM

Very cool ride! I wish I were limber enough to survive a spill to try this out!

I think you could sell a couple dozen of these!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 01-31-2015 10:30 PM

Love it. I keep thinking about making some of these for my grandson. Probably for myself too :)
What’s the length and thickness? The videos I watched people used built up plywood. I wasn’t sure if they would be strong enough from a solid board if they were the really long boards.

-- Marty, Ohio

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#3 posted 02-01-2015 05:27 PM

Thanks, guys!

This one’s pretty short, only about 29” tip to tip; I made it short so it can fit in my suitcase. Thickness is 5/8”, which is what my longer one is, but that one is plywood (store bought one)

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#4 posted 02-01-2015 09:13 PM

Beautiful board! The grip tape pattern you came up with was a great idea to show off the natural beauty off the wood.

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

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