A Bent California Cruiser.

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Project by Ken90712 posted 05-15-2015 07:49 PM 2110 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Bent California Cruiser.
I have always wanted to make a Curve design in boards. This was my first attempt at this. The board is made from Walnut , Hard Maple and the curves are Mahogany and a light colored Walnut I had in the shop.
The board is 34” x 10” @ 7/8 thick. This sold before I was even done with it, the joys of living in Southern California.

I use revenge trucks but went with some different faster wheels than normal. A teenager will be riding it and there better than us old guys! LOL Well the heal quicker anyways.

I use Lucid 2 part Spray-On grip, as it still allows the beauty of the wood to come through and it is really easy to touch up when it wears down.

I bent lamination goes all the way through the board, as the pics show. I matched the thickness of the 3 strips to a router bit. I went ½ through the board ( with a template I made ) creating a channel, then cut it on the band Saw. Next I finished routing the 2 pieces with a pattern bit. And then glued her back up and repeated for the other curve.

Now that I’m getting caught up I have more to make and want to get even more creative…

Thx for looking.

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

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#1 posted 05-15-2015 08:02 PM

Read the text, Thought it was for you. LOL! Nice design.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 05-15-2015 08:28 PM

LOL it was until a buddy was over for beers and handed me $$$ for it saying he had to have it …

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

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#3 posted 05-15-2015 08:59 PM

Purdee “rad”..........Ken. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 05-15-2015 10:19 PM

Wow Ken, good stuff! That would have been a Cadillac ride back in the days of my skateboarding prowess (LOL). I have not done very much in way of bent laminations but I am always keeping an eye out for projects that would require me to do so! And this one might be the ticket. Thanks for sharing and the inspiration!.......Rob

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#5 posted 05-16-2015 12:32 AM

Gnarly Dude!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 05-16-2015 12:36 AM

That is a beauty. Nice work. I can see why your buddy grabbed it. Why not make a surf board? It won’t hurt as much when you fall off.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 05-16-2015 07:00 AM

Def rad.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#8 posted 05-16-2015 01:53 PM

Wauuuu Ken, I really want to get up on a board when I see this.
Really really cool!
I’m all out of practice so I would need to make me a comfortable long wide trucks board, so it will be like riding fresh snow.
Look forward to see where this path will lead for you.
Yooooo broooo

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 05-16-2015 01:54 PM

Nice work. Cool project.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#10 posted 05-16-2015 03:19 PM

Wow! That’s really nice work!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#11 posted 05-17-2015 05:57 PM

Nice work!


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#12 posted 05-18-2015 12:15 AM

Did you Test Ride it? :)

Looks GREAT…

Have a video on it?

You are manufacturing Skate Board now? :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#13 posted 05-19-2015 03:25 PM

Nicely done Ken. The closest my generation came to that was a 2X4 with steel roller-skate wheels and an orange crate with wooden handles mounted on it to steer it with. Too bad we didn’t think of stopping with just the wheels and 2X4.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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