Introduction: Building Skateboards Out of Wood Waterskis

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Hey everyone – Jeff King here – Host of Fuel TV’s series “Built to Shred.” Today we’re going to show you how to make skateboards out of old water skis. Sometimes people think that you have to go buy a new skateboard to replace your old deck. But there are some alternatives – like finding an old wooden waterski at a yard sale – to make a new (or even cooler, retro looking) skate deck. To check out more skate spots, moto jumps, snowboard rails, wakeboard obstacles and bmx burns, watch “Built to Shred” on Fuel TV or check out previous shows at

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Find a good wooden water ski. Check out garage sales or flea markets for good deals.

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First thing you need to do is take off all the old component parts from the waterski.

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Then you draw your shape of skateboard deck you want on the waterski, and if you want, you can draw a template on a piece of paper or you can draw it directly on the ski by hand. You can make whatever shape you want and then cut it out with a band saw.

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Use a band saw to cut out the shape you just traced. Let the blade do the work and just lightly guide the saw. If you don’t have access to a band saw you can use a jig saw or some kind of a hand saw if you want. Your edges are going be a little bit sharp, so you’re going to have to sand them when you’re done.

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Drill holes for your trucks. Just make sure that when you put your trucks on that you center them. Get a straight edge and run it down the length of the ski/board to get the center.

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Next you put your grip tape, your trucks and wheels on the board.

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Now it’s time to go shred!


sgonzalez28 (author)2014-07-22

guys I have a water ski, one layer, but I don't know if it's gonna resist my weight. Do you know how to make it more resistant?

zim014 (author)2010-11-12

Love the Idea guys, I made a beautiful six foot longboard yesterday just by ommitting the cutting step =P but I'm going out to test it today, keep posting more instructabes!!

thebutler (author)zim0142012-02-24

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plz make a youtube video

The nerdling (author)zim0142011-08-11

that's not a longboard it's a loooooooooooooooooooooong board

ElvenChild (author)The nerdling2011-10-11


jchhebson (author)2011-02-27

Thank you for the memories. My friends and I used old skies back around 1967 to build our skateboards. Of course we had to use the dreaded hard composite wheels that would spill you in you hit so much as a small twig. PS: You do a much better jog than we did.

freeza36 (author)jchhebson2011-12-20

no polyurethane wheels when you made them yet, huh?

jchhebson (author)freeza362011-12-20

Nope. No such thing as polyurethane wheels in those days. The only other choice would have been steel wheels.

freeza36 (author)jchhebson2011-12-20

That must have stunk. I have seen videos and pictures of the old steel and "cement" wheels that people used to use

jchhebson (author)freeza362011-12-28

It did stink! But then again, it was all that there was and it was still fun. You had to ride on clean swept concrete. Asphalt would just throw you to the ground.

mrdepo96 (author)2010-10-27

Is it just me, or is this ible about making skateboards, not what to wear when making one or safety equipment... Please stay on topic. Instructibles is starting to run down the drain here.

doughnutguy1 (author)mrdepo962010-11-11

The title is sort of Building "Skateboards Out of Wood Waterskis"

Is it just me, or does this not convey the slightest hint of safety gear?

freeza36 (author)doughnutguy12011-12-20

full grown men here, their mommies dont have to tell them what to do

doughnutguy1 (author)freeza362011-12-20

I'm only like 15, so I'm kinda nor grown. also, It's been a year since I posted this, so great job. You must feel so fufilled

freeza36 (author)doughnutguy12011-12-20

I mean the instructable, i meant no offense to you

mrdepo96 (author)doughnutguy12010-12-19

So you were agreeing with me? Sarcasm is hard to read.

freeza36 (author)2011-12-20

where can you buy longboard trucks and wheels?

create#1 (author)2010-10-09

great job but can sombody tell me how to put pictures on (i use kodake easy share)

The nerdling (author)create#12011-08-11

just put the jpgs in a folder on your desktop then whil you post a comment you click upload images then brouse for them in the folder, select whichones you want and click ok.
then you click upload waight for them ti finish uploading then post your comment or reply

masterochicken (author)2011-07-05

I love Sammy's inverted cross on his board.

dylankunaikennedy (author)2011-06-07

there musnt be much foot room
what are the dimensions?

jensenr30 (author)2011-03-03


kgkocsis (author)2010-10-08

Nice job, but how about wearing safety glasses when you work with power tools? Lots of kids are going to look at this ible and it's a shame they will see you working without the proper safety equipment.

lovemachinesix (author)kgkocsis2011-02-03

These are grown men, supervise your own kids pal.

ZackBlack (author)kgkocsis2010-10-09

Agreed and proper safety gear in step seven probably would be good too.

abadfart (author)kgkocsis2010-10-08

ya but they shouldn't be using tools without supervision that will tell them to where them

dweebcentric (author)2010-12-21

Sweet! Now I'm going to go out and get a tattoo! I mean make a skateboard. I love that the old narrow board style is still appreciated. Nice job, gang.

rerat (author)2010-10-15

Great, great pictures, love the last one especially. Also, anyone who is humming and ha-ing about safety equipment..please supervise YOUR children and assume parents are smart enough do the same. These are grown men who clearly know what they're doing.

carpediemkiddo (author)rerat2010-11-01


von fink (author)2010-10-17

wow. and here i am cutting up an old board that just says "natas"..

dezertdude (author)2010-10-16

we were doing this back in the mid 70's. I made a downhill board out of one. It was almost full length and it was really fast

Capt.Kirk (author)2010-10-12

Cool man.

Brooke Gee (author)2010-10-10

Just bought a pair of water skis at the thrift shop for $4 to try this out. Thanks!

canida (author)Brooke Gee2010-10-12

Pictures please!

canida (author)2010-10-12

Those look sweet.

mr magic (author)2010-10-12

Those boards are great ,pity a bunch of wowsers cant c beyond the battery powered drill and jigsaw.They are at far greater risk skateboarding on a sharpened skateboard or just skateboarding in general.These men are instructors, not role models ( maybe mine) being a role model is a parents job.
good effort on the boards.
keep cool till after school

CrLz (author)2010-10-08

Nice, bit more on step 5 would be cool.

Happy rolling!

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