Longboard refinish that traveled the world, (8 countries).

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Project by Ken90712 posted 01-10-2017 02:00 AM 1179 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My original post was in May 2015 ”": California Bent Cruiser…

This board was originally for me, A good friend was over and have to have it for his son who was in the United States Navy and leaving on Patrol. I really didn’t want to sell it, one being it was my first bent lamination and I was wondering how it would hold up. I’m not a big fan of plywood boards but fully understand they are extremely strong.

Well this board was rode HARD!!!!!!! All over the world and it held up well. We were over my buddy’s house and chatting with his son. He mentioned he wanted help changing the bearings. I asked to see the board and was like WOW that is so cool. This thing has been through it, I told him to let me have it and I’ll take care of it. Well I ended up refinishing it and rebuilding it for him.

He was so happy he couldn’t believe his board look brand new. I fixed one small crack in the tail and took it for a ride. Nice to see it held up. 5th and 6th pic were from original build.

As always Thx for looking.

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

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#1 posted 01-10-2017 02:07 AM

A really nice restoration, Ken. It looks great!

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#2 posted 01-10-2017 02:19 AM

Super nice restoration Ken! Sure looks good!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 01-10-2017 02:48 AM

Ken…I am going to use terminology that I am not exactly qualified to use…Dude, that is gnarly!!! Well done sir!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#4 posted 01-10-2017 03:38 AM

Good job!

Somehow, I find it hard for a sailor to have a Skate Board going along with his travels in the Service…
... I’m glad they can have something pleasurable… ...

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

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#5 posted 01-10-2017 03:43 AM

Cowabunga, Dude!

Nice restore!!

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

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#6 posted 01-10-2017 04:04 AM

That’s fantastic Ken! Great that your friends son is back, for a visit at least, and healthy and enjoying that longboard. It’s great that we can enjoy these kinds of activities even as we get older. It’s not just for kids anymore!

I love those trucks! The Revenge trucks are a great cruising truck for longboards. All of my longboards have them or get them when they are built.

One tip for you that you may already be aware of…. fiberglassing the top of the deck will give it strength laterally for really getting on it hard in the turns. I have found that if the deck is thin, it can have a tendency to crack along the grain. Just FYI. The fiberglass still lets the beauty of the wood shine through so everyone can see how cool and unique it really is. Also, the fiberglass will allow the deck to be thinner and a bit more flexible for a softer, more responsive ride.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#7 posted 01-10-2017 04:52 AM

Super job. You should of sold it for more.

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

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#8 posted 01-10-2017 05:16 AM


Great story for a great ride! DUDE!

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#9 posted 01-10-2017 05:37 AM

Sweet. How long did it take you to build it the first time?

-- Jamie McDonald, Buford GA

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#10 posted 01-10-2017 06:29 AM

So your ridin some tasty road waves eh?? Great work Ken.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#11 posted 01-10-2017 09:42 AM

Amazing story.
Amazing that it never broke.
Amazing board.
Best thoughts,

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

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#12 posted 01-10-2017 12:26 PM

You did a wonderful job of rebuilding this board for your friend.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 01-10-2017 07:20 PM

Thx everyone means alot, It was great to share this with my fellow woodworkers.

Brett I’ll have to try that fiberglass thing I’ve never done it before but it makes sense. I love the Revenge Trucks as well. There is one thing though I wish they would change and that would be to make a low profile set. There trucks are a little high (tall) compared to others so it takes some getting use too riding. I do like the lock out tabs preventing wheel bite and from my fragile body hitting the ground more than it needs too LOL

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

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#15 posted 01-10-2017 09:20 PM

very nice Ken! I know absolutely nothing about long boards. Are they just flat top and bottom and do they flex similar to skateboard?

-- if it is to be it is up to me

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