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Most longboards are made of wood. I wanted something unique so I made mine of aluminum. The aluminum deck is flexible but strong. The entire longboard weighs only 4 kg and is therefore very light!

If you like this design please vote for me in the 'I could make that contest' :)

The idea for the aluminum longboard came from this website: http://bionicgirlnyc.com/2011/03/20/cindrich-aluminum-longboards/

Materials:

-120 cm of stainless steel bars 
-12 aluminum strips of 1 meter (10 strips of 2cm wide and 2 strips of 1,5 cm wide)
-80 nuts
-2 pieces of wood

Step 1: Sawing wood to attach the trucks

Picture of Sawing wood to attach the trucks
Copy the holes of the trucks and shape the rest of the wooden pieces as you like. They form the tail and the nose of the deck.
I used multiplex.
 
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brian500317 days ago

Nice design. You might consider using locktight on all the nuts to keep them from loosening. How rigid is the board?

malex20162 months ago

I liked the design

Alex (www.musicacloud.com)

this is soooo cool! I still want to eat it though

willS55 months ago

When you say 120 cm of stainless steel bars.. can you please explain further.. as in 1/8 1/5.. (etc) please get back to me at the email address or contact the number below.

jaredstepp27@gmail.com

1(319)-777-3129

andersoninman8 months ago

this is so cool! what did you use to connect the aluminum bars all the way across and how many do i need? how much weight can it hold?

chris239211 months ago

I wonder if i can make this out of my old meccano! haha on a serious note though this is awesome! as soon as i have a weekend off i am making this!

did u ever get an instructable on the second board u mention, the one that cost closer to $50?

PkdMi.jpg

This looks awesome! I want to build this this summer!

Cadet Park1 year ago
Can u make a video of riding it
cha chi1 year ago
Ok, I only weigh 90 pounds do you think my shoes would sink in and get enough grip?
you can buy a peice of plexiglass or something similar and secure it to the top of the board
simonvp (author)  cha chi1 year ago
That should be enough. If you don't get enough grip, get some very rough sand paper and sand the top of the strips.
ghaines21 year ago
if i make it i will clad it in wood and i will put an epic livery on it
Tux1021 year ago
How much did it cost you to make this
S51141 year ago
Where do you find the aluminum?
simonvp (author)  S51141 year ago
DIY store
S5114 simonvp1 year ago
having problems finding a store that sells aluminum. If you don't mind, where'd you get yours? And whats the estimated cost?
They sell that stuff near the threaded rod at Home Depot
cha chi1 year ago
Ok, thanks
cha chi1 year ago
90 pounds = 40 kg by the way
cha chi1 year ago
Could you make a drop deck?
simonvp (author)  cha chi1 year ago
I guess you can, if you use aluminum strips that have the curves of a drop deck..
gunguru1 year ago
Be sure not to leave it outside or the aluminum will corrode rapidly any place where steel rod or nuts are touching them. Thats what happens when two different types of metal make contact and aren't insulated.
Looks really cool!!! You don't need any grip either. Pretty awesome.
dimtick2 years ago
I'm not into skateboarding but it looks to me like there's a weak point in the design (or should I say 4 weak points) and that's where the first screw holes where the 2 primary aluminum rails are attached to the wood. there's an awful lot of stress where the aluminum and the wood come together and at those 4 screw locations the holes in the aluminum drastically reduces it's tensile strength. you've built up this elabote grid work of aluminum which distributes the stress but all that stress goes right to those first screw holes.
my first thought is to add some aluminum channels to reinforce those rails.

i really do think this is a cool idea by the way. I wouldn't waste my time commenting if i didn't like it
:)
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simonvp (author)  dimtick1 year ago
You're totally right about that! I didn't really thought about that before I built this longboard but after it was finished, I did. But not all the weight goes to those screws, the two bars in the middle also take a lot of the weight away.
whyguy972 years ago
Love the design
simonvp (author)  whyguy972 years ago
Thanks!
darman122 years ago
I love this board, nice job!
simonvp (author)  darman122 years ago
Thanks!
ldelvalle2 years ago
If u take a aluminum bar and run it from the out side bar towards the center base holding the wheels the would some what frame the board giving it a nice look
simonvp (author)  ldelvalle2 years ago
I was already planning to do this, it also makes the board stronger. But still thanks for the idea!
ldelvalle2 years ago
Awsome project but please specify lengths next time
curly6862 years ago
i have a better design for one that you may be able to adapt to be cheaper or whatnot, i'm too busy to make it for myself message me on reddit if you are interested (curly686)
well i just checked aaaaaaaaand it was deleted, sorry. anybody who was interested, if i get enough requests i will gladly re draw it. it was a 42"x9" drop deck with a 3/8 concave, and if im not mistaken my price estimate was 120$ (www.mcmastercarr.com) and im fairly certain it would be in the 9-11 lbs range. this: http://i.imgur.com/PkdMi.jpg was a different one i made that is significantly cheaper(50$) it is VERY stiff, it moved 1/16" down with 260lbs on it, i would be more than happy to re draw and or make an instructabe about it if anybody is interested
I would LOVE to see an instrucables from you. Im planing on building my longboard here soon, and am trying to thing of some other ideas for the board...
i am making an instructabe for that board i mentioned that i have made, i am fairly busy but i think i can get it done in the next five days:) and it is about 65$ in materials
mdavidson122 years ago
how dangerous is that,like if i hit a bump and i fly up a bit then slam my knee on it,we cut?
bgepp12 years ago
looks cool - do you have a video of this being ridden? I'd like to see this in use before I vote.
simonvp (author)  bgepp12 years ago
If I find some time the next few weeks, I'll film it.
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