|Project by Randall Sly||posted 05-01-2013 10:03 AM||1046 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
This is a story of how 5 minuets in a parking lot feels like hours to an eight year old.
I’m a family guy (or I’ve tried to be) that being said 4 of my children are boys and at any given time one or all of them were into skate boards. I had both a wood and metal shop and made them racks, ramps, boxes and grind rails, whatever I could to help. I believe the thing I made them that they enjoyed the most was my time and that required a board of my own.
I started with a store bought long board but it just didn’t express my style. Next came aluminum as suggested by one of my sons. Hand cut 3/8” structural flat plate with routed finger grips and tail details powder coated in a metallic blue. It’s Heavy weighing in at 19 lbs, and built to be a rocket, we could sell tickets to ride this thing.
I’m not one to build cutting boards but I took the same design from the aluminum body and after much lamination and strategical biscuit joinery fashioned another. The board is comprised of 13 pieces; maple, birch, cherry and oak (if memory serves me). The boys then suggested it was in need of a logo of some sort, I thought a simple inlay of teak and a simple finish of tongue oil would suffice (excluding the areas covered with clear grip tape). It has surprising flex and yet remains in tact even after a few wet weather excursions.
This is really 3 projects when you look at the picture as now I was in need of storage. A very simple rack made of pine and since it was to display in my office it had to have the sophistication of cedar inlays and a lower shelf for photos and such. The display became quite a conversation piece, I suspect it may here as well. Thank you for looking.
-- I could retire nicely if I could sell my experience for what it cost me.