Introduction: 5-Minute Project: Drill-Powered Skateboard

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Do you have a skateboard that is gathering dust in the corner of your garage? Breathe some new life into those wheels by zapping them with some volts. Specifically, attaching a battery-powered electric drill to the front of your skateboard will provide effortless nosegrinding and endless hours of fun.

Three factors will enhance your battery-powered skateboarding:

1. More Volts. Higher voltage battery-powered drills (at least 9.6V) will provide more minutes of skateboarding fun.

2. Greater Torque. Drills that can generate more torque will be able to move, ahem, heavier riders.

3. Big, Bad Rubber Wheel. The more rubber that meets the highway, the higher the performance.

Step 1: How to Make SkateBored

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Cost: $2.80
Very Easy

Parts List

  • Skateboard (salvaged)
  • Battery-Powered Drill; at least 9.6V (salvaged)
  • 25-inches of 1/2-inch PVC Schedule 40 (1.00)
  • (2) 90-degree Elbow PVC Schedule 40 (.90 each)
  • Large Rubber Wheel (salvaged)
  • Cable Ties

Step 2: Pop a Wheelie

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Remove the right front wheel from the skateboard's axle.

Step 3: Open Up, Wide

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Open the chuck's jaws (those are the steel fingers inside the chuck that typically hold the drill bit) of the battery-powered drill to its maximum aperture. The chuck should fit easily and loosely over the skateboard's front right axle.

Step 4: Chuck It

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Slip the large rubber wheel over the drill's chuck. Use a rubber wheel that has a large enough diameter to lift the drill head up off of the ground. This wheel should also be a very snug fit over the chuck.

Step 5: Be a Supporter

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Build a support for the drill from the PVC Schedule 40 pieces. The lengths of these pieces will vary depending upon your make/model of drill. In this example, three pieces measuring 15 3/8-, 6 3/4-, and 2 1/2-inch were used. The longest piece is inserted into one of the elbows followed by the shortest piece and another elbow. Finally, the medium length piece is added to the second elbow. You shouldn't have to glue the PVC pieces together--a friction fit is good enough for this project.

Step 6: Lash It

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Attach the completed support to the top of the skateboard deck with cable ties. A correctly attached support should hold the drill's handle off the ground. Tidy up your assembly and mount up.

Step 7: Hit the Road, Jack

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Don your protective clothing, install a fresh battery, squeeze the drill's power trigger, and it's off to the races.


  • In right-wheel installations the drill's motor should be set for maximum torque and forward motion. If you opt for a goofy ride (aka left-wheel installation), be sure to switch the drill's motion to reverse.
  • Install two electric drills for greater power. Make sure that you switch the left-hand drill to reverse motion (see above note).
  • Lightweight riders can ride the SkateBored solely on battery power. Heavier riders will have to kneel on the deck and kick off with the other foot.
  • The SkateBored will eat up rubber wheels. Use special off-road R/C truck tires for the best results.
  • Alternatively, if you can't find any suitable rubber wheels, try wrapping the chuck with several layers of duct tape.


RomanK82 (author)2017-10-05

Nice! This is on my list of things to do next.

Yonatan24 (author)2016-01-13

Hi, I've added your project to the "A Collection of Homemade Electric Motorized Skateboards (That You Must Make!)" Collection

This is the link If you are interested:

russ_hensel (author)2015-02-06

Just a note to let you know I have added this to the collection: Cordless Drills Hacking for Other Uses !


Take a look at a bunch of project involving odd uses of drills.

and for even more drill info


li789 (author)2009-07-22

what skateboard did you use because mine didn't work

chan2005 (author)li7892014-04-18

mine didn't either. fixed axle

Odziz (author)2007-09-01
This goes one step further, a drill-powered bike. 'This Old House' beats 'PopSci' hands down!

Would be quite neat if it was combined with the 8020 Chopper.
8020 Chopper assembly
KBHELLSPAWN (author)Odziz2007-09-28


Labot2001 (author)KBHELLSPAWN2007-11-24

we've always called them monkey bikes, but th term can also be used to describe a little motor-driven bike or dirtbike

finnster (author)Labot20012008-04-13

monkey bike-that's what she said

josh1324 (author)finnster2011-10-08

a little late, but how?

Wesley666 (author)Labot20012008-12-19

They are also called mini bikes, clown bikes and folding bikes (if they fold that is)

KBHELLSPAWN (author)Labot20012007-11-27


sharp8873 (author)Odziz2008-07-12

where can I get one of those

geoslim13 (author)sharp88732010-03-28

make mag did an article on how to do so in either issue 20 or 21

HAy MAke IT, That's what this site is for is to build things yourself ---T

Tmac121 (author)2011-08-12

This doesn't work on a real skateboard. the axle shouldn't rotate.

retrotimelord (author)2011-07-03

coulden't you just take out the motor and attach it up to da wheel then put a foot peadal switch on the the battery and solder all dat up???( a little more complicated)

ducttape12 (author)2011-04-11

best idea & easy idea

lilybadea (author)2010-10-12

Great Idea and very innovative. This is very best idea to bring in use the waste. now like this one, the skateboard with the power of battery and drill machine have become a nice play thing for children.But i am thinking can we do this for kick scooters as well . Am interested in trying this idea once to my skaeboard. This will be fun.

dragonfathom (author)2010-08-22

It'd be better with a system that lets you stand up.

jsilve1 (author)2009-07-12

could you attach a stronger drill to a bike

TSC (author)jsilve12010-07-23

Yes you can!! look it up at youtube!!!!

Raydoom (author)jsilve12010-04-23

tried it , just resulted in a ruined bike.
will try with a proper motor sometime...

2 stroke (author)Raydoom2010-07-17

i am currently using a chainsaw motor for friction drive on a 26 inch mountain bike with a homelite super two i am in the middle of making the mount my angle grinder burned out so ill have to wait and get another one ill post a slide show after i am done or even a ible

Wesley666 (author)jsilve12009-08-25

You could. I have a drill that we put a long metal rod through with people on either end because it you don't and it gets stuck it will flip you on your @55 so fast you won't know what happened. I think it would break your arm first, but it has a 2 3/4hp electric motor I think....but its not cordless... :(

djread (author)2009-08-30

what is salvaged?

inventordude14 (author)djread2010-01-23

 salvaged pretty much means from ebay or the dump

MaXoR (author)inventordude142010-05-31

Or to take from something broken, and put into something working. Broken stereo has motors, use motors to power small helicopter model.... that would be "salvaging the motors".

carrotman42 (author)djread2009-09-14

what part or definition?

lebowski (author)2007-03-16
here's the video from youtube...

magganrchy (author)lebowski2007-04-06

That doesn't look really fast... is it faster? I understand if she was going slow because she's little.

Ceiling cat (author)magganrchy2010-04-03

That's because it's a photo-mantage.  They just took a few pics and edited them into a video.  It's not a "motion picture" if you will.  More like a slide-show.

cornflaker (author)magganrchy2009-01-29

I would certainly hope so... lol

TSC (author)lebowski2010-03-24

That video was all pics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

shooby (author)lebowski2008-08-05

Damn, that's slooooooooowww. I remember when I used to skateboard, I had legs to use. They don't make 'em like they used to (kids, that is).

halberdear (author)shooby2009-01-01

dude if you think they make all skateboards like that u should see mine.

cornflaker (author)halberdear2009-01-28

They don't make 'em like they used to (kids, that is).

shooby (author)cornflaker2009-01-28

I already said that cornfaker.

toogers (author)shooby2009-07-11

lol cornfaker

shooby (author)toogers2009-07-12

Yes, I like names. Because I can subtly tear them apart. Alors! Cornflaker est soudainement cornfaker. This pertains to the origins of cornflakes of course. The Kellogg brothers, those god fearing wackos! Ok, oven puffed corn with delicious milk makes even me feel pure. But, the Kellogg brothers used spiked anti-masturbatory rings on prepubescent boys. Come on. Cornflaker! Your name encompasses the legacy of masochistic pedophiles with too much spare time, too much access to a machine shop, and too much corn.

cornflaker (author)shooby2009-01-29

Dude I quoted what you said (that would be why its all italic and then made the kids part bold) because halberdear thought you were talking about skate boards not kids... Might want to read those comments again...

shooby (author)cornflaker2009-01-29

Ah, I thought haldberdear meant that he'd made his own version of this instructable, and that it was faster...

cornflaker (author)shooby2009-01-29

Ahh lol

beaulingpin (author)2008-05-17

This won't work. No skateboard trucks have axle's affixed to the wheels. If this were true, turning would cause both wheels to grind. That is why the bearings are on the wheels, so they can turn at different rates. I would expect a lot more from PopSci... But hey, they can't all be popular mechanics.

madhops0620 (author)beaulingpin2008-08-04

The drill doesnt turn the axle, the rubber wheel on the head?(dont know what its called, its the part that spins) of the drill the drill is what actually spins and that turns the rubber wheel on the outside of it which drives the whole skateboard

geoslim13 (author)madhops06202010-03-28


madhops0620 (author)geoslim132010-03-28

Sorry geoslim, but you're about two years too late.

geoslim13 (author)madhops06202010-04-03

i just found the instructable

chiok (author)madhops06202008-08-05

I think what he's concerned about (and so was I) is that the drill chuck is just grinding around the axle. Most cordless drills have hand-tightened chucks which won't tighten as long as it moves along with the drill head. There's nothing really keeping the drill attached to the skateboard. Some circlips and a bearing would help, but then there's a limit to the size of a chuck (typically 10-13mm).

Nice Burn!!!!

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