Son's Handmade Skateboard

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Project by gabriellus posted 09-25-2015 12:47 PM 1141 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I gave my 7-year-old son a bunch of skateboard parts for Christmas last year after he said he wanted to build his own board from scratch. I finally got around to getting the skateboard veneers over the summer (parent epic fail), and we were off.

I provided a guiding hand (or hands) throughout the build, but basically he built it himself.

1. Glue up and clamp the veneers. We used an existing skateboard deck as a 3D form and cutting template.
2. Rough cut near the traced line with a jigsaw:

3. Clamp existing deck to new blank. Use a pattern bit on a router table setup to finalize shape. Smooth and sand edges.

4. Spray paint underside of deck, finish with 4 coats of lacquer.

5. Layout and drill holes for trucks. Here is where we needed to be more careful than we were. If they don’t go on perfectly straight, the board will drift a little. I was able to fix the drift, but we should have take our time with this step.

6. Apply grip tape to the board top. Trim to size with box cutter.

7. Attach trucks to deck. Install bearings in wheels, then wheels to trucks.

8. Put helmet on and RIDE.

Not bad for a 7 year old. Next up for him, new kitchen cabinets.

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#1 posted 09-25-2015 02:27 PM

Wow! What a huge undertaking for a youngster of 7. Your son did a super job on his project! Can’t wait to see how the cabinet’s turn out! (big smile here) !!!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 09-25-2015 02:49 PM

haha! Good luck on the cabinets kiddo!

Great project for a young guy – right up his alley! Good job!

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#3 posted 09-25-2015 04:43 PM

Great job!

I made a deck in high school woodshop class by laminating some 1×6s together, soaking it for a few days in a hot water heater to make it bendable and clamped it to a form I had made. I ended up coating it with a few layers of fiberglass – which in hindsight was a mistake. That thing was bulletproof. But impossible to do any tricks on because it was so heavy :D

-- Butchering wood since 2015

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#4 posted 09-25-2015 07:35 PM

Seven y. o.! Gee, at 7 I was still trying to master the hammer.

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!

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#5 posted 09-25-2015 08:52 PM

Nice job! And that’s a COOL helmet too !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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