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

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Project by DrDirt posted 06-18-2012 02:08 PM 3862 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.

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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#1 posted 06-18-2012 02:54 PM

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


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#2 posted 06-18-2012 09:56 PM

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

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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#3 posted 06-19-2012 12:09 AM

Wow too cool!!

-- - Paul, Flower Mound,TX

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#4 posted 06-19-2012 03:43 AM

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 06-19-2012 11:44 AM

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

-- Rob V

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#6 posted 06-20-2012 01:48 AM

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

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

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#7 posted 06-20-2012 03:28 AM

Very nice board!So unique

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 06-20-2012 04:51 PM

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

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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Ollie Vaughan

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#9 posted 08-19-2012 06:43 PM

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

-- Ollie

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#10 posted 08-24-2012 08:18 PM

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.

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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#11 posted 04-23-2014 10:57 PM

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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