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Shark Skateboard - Weekend Parent/Child class at Marc Adams School

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Project by DrDirt posted 755 days ago 2120 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This summer it was my Youngest boys turn to come with me to Marc Adams School.

We took the Skateboard Building Class with Chris Gochnour where you had the choice of building a longboard cruiser or skateboard.

He decided he really wanted his board to look like a shark.

Start to Fully Finished took 2 days.
First day you decided on the wood pattern you wanted, and glued up your blank in the morning.
While that cooked in the clams you laid out your design and made a styrofoam mold.

The board has Camber (arc from front to back, the surface is dish shaped then a kick tail). We shaped the foam core with a router.

After lunch the board was ready to be resawn into the veneers for the top and bottom – we had enough thickness to get 4 pieces 10X42 3/32nds thick

We then vacuum bagged the forms seen in the 5th photo background.

The next morning, we cut to shape, routed the edges, drilled for the trucks – and sanded and finished.

The top surface has crushed glass sprinkled onto the wet finish. Then a heavy topcoat sprayed on.

Screw on the trucks and you are ready to go.

We had an absolute blast, and the kids hung out at the local motel pool and big screen after hours.
My boy was at the younger end of the spectrum, at not quite 10. There were a number of teenagers as well as Grandparent/child and Uncle child combos.

An awesome weekend. Something we try to plan for 1:1 time with each kid where they are not competing with eachother for attention, we have a block of time where it is just the two of us.

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison





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Buche

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#1 posted 754 days ago

Awesome!!! Well done – I love the acid-green wheels.

Cheers

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DrDirt

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#2 posted 754 days ago

Thanks Buche – -Reese did the design and chose his woods and colors – I just helped him turn the tight corners on the bandsaw.

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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Paul

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#3 posted 754 days ago

Wow too cool!!

-- - Paul, Flower Mound,TX

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Woodbridge

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#4 posted 754 days ago

great looking skate board. Sounds like it was a good weekend with your son.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Rob Vicelli

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#5 posted 754 days ago

What a great experience for him and you. Skateboard looks great!

-- Rob V

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SawDustNeophyte

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#6 posted 753 days ago

Congrats on the great board. My son will be very jealous!

-- So many tools, so little money. *heavy sigh*

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majuvla

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#7 posted 753 days ago

Very nice board!So unique

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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DrDirt

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#8 posted 752 days ago

Thanks everyone- he is wanting to make another one – we have another pair of the top and bottom skins, and the styrofoam core.
Just need to see if someone has a vacuum bag, as the compound curves aren’t very workable with cauls

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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Ollie Vaughan

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#9 posted 692 days ago

You might try www.roarrockit.com They sell vacuum bags & skateboard kits. & are very reasonably priced. Ollie

-- Ollie

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DrDirt

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#10 posted 687 days ago

Thanks Ollie – I was surprised to see their bags at 40 bucks, and the kit with hand pump including a 14 by 44 bag at under 60 dollars.

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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cyclops4069

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#11 posted 80 days ago

DrDirt-this is priceless. the time you lads have together does not come back, but the joy and memories from these times will last forever. well done!

-- regards, cyclops4069

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