|Project by gabriellus||posted 09-25-2015 12:47 PM||1304 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
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.