Introduction: Cardboard Skateboard

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Check out how to make a skateboard deck out of Cardboard

Step 1: Materials and Tools

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1 - 4oz bottle of Gorilla Glue
Lots of Cardboard - Look for large unbent pieces
Plexiglas - Home depot or Lowes
Skateboard trucks, wheels and hardwear
1 - 4oz bottle of Gorilla Glue

Jig Saw
Wood Clamps

Step 2: Stack and Glue

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Make 7 identical rectangle cuts which should be slightly larger then the deck you want to create.

IMPORTANT: for strength you want the cardboard to be stacked in a cross hatched pattern so lay the first layer with the grain going vertical and the second layer going horizontal. See image below if confused.

One layer at a time dampen the cardboard slightly (improves Gorilla Glue Adhesion) then apply a even layer on the glue, and then set next layer of cardboard on top, repeat process for all seven layers.

You will then need to put some sort of weight on the top layer to smash it all together. I use some big car batteries, but just about anything will work. ie: cinder block, heavy text books, bricks, dead bodies....

now wait about 24 hours for the glue to set completely

Step 3: Cut Out Shape

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This shape is up to you, but I recommend a big fat board. Its made out of cardboard people, surface area is your friend here. Find something with a nice curves and trace around to make a nose of the board, then use something straight to make the side rails. I traced a wheel I had laying around for the curve nose, used a ruler for the side rails then the wheel again for the tail.

This can be a rough template because we will do some fine tuning later, once we add the Plexiglas.

Step 4: Cut Plexiglass/Shape/Glue

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Lay your cardboard cutout ontop a piece of plexiglas and trace. Do once for the top and once for the bottom.

Now make a Plexiglas/cardboard/Plexiglas sandwich....ummmm

Drill for holes for bolts that will help hold the board together during the gluing process. one in the nose, one on each side rail, and one on the tail.

Now clean,dampen, and glue top layer, and then repeat on bottom. Don't worry you have more than 15 mins of work time before the glue starts to setup. Once you have both top and bottom plexiglas glued put the bolts in and tighten.

Then use some as many wood clamps as you can muster up. Then a little weight is possible.

Take a 24 break...You earned it!

Step 5: Add Hardwear

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First take off any excess glue from the edges of the board...Gorilla Glue expands during drying.

Now place the trucks onto the board and try to place as close to a center line as possialbe. Then Use something Straight to align wheels...This helps to make sure everything is going the right way.

Use a marker to mark where the 4 bolt holes to mount the trucks will be placed. Then use a drill with a 1/4 bit to make the holes through the board.

Tighten bolts and take your cardboard cruzier for a ride!

Leave me some feedback or question if you please....


crazycraftpro88 (author)2016-11-18

Hey, this is a great instructable and is very informative. Just one thing is missing... pictures! It really helps a lot when trying to follow directions so you should consider taking some photographs. Once you do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks! Thanks for the cool instructable and we hope to publish this soon!

robotic stuff. Herp derp

Bri Bri Brown (author)2016-07-11

Ur dog is so cute

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lowr (author)2016-06-05

Is that acrylic or polycarbonate?

alecdisco (author)2016-01-31

Hey cool project would it still work without the plixi?

JaredL16 (author)alecdisco2016-03-01

I agree. It's not really made of cardboard if the structural integrity comes from plexiglas. Cool project though

knexpert101 (author)2013-04-26

I've been looking to make something like this for a long time

dmattioli (author)2013-02-16

you need to flip your front truck

thrashermanTotalDIY (author)2012-01-01

This is cool. Nothing against you, but for the contest limits, this is excellent. But for riding, doing tricks, and ramps this might break easily especially on grinds. Overall, for what you used, this is AWESOME!

pikachustew2 (author)2010-02-07

Very cool design, but would it be possible to make a concave shape to it and a kick tail? if not this is still a cool DIY project

hawkfrost64 (author)pikachustew22010-05-13

 thinking about that as well, maybe if you clamped it with something underneath so that it had a concave shape.

ebrun (author)hawkfrost642011-10-02

One of my friends did that :) It works!

foxtrot4697 (author)pikachustew22010-07-15

you would need a vacuum press to make the tail(and nose if you wanted) im not sure about pressing plexiglass though

zombiesurvival (author)2010-10-05

ur dogs real cute

JoeMurphy (author)zombiesurvival2011-07-21


bradleyrxz (author)2009-12-17

you put one of the trucks on backward in this picture, and um, why make a baord out of cardboard when you can use oh say, wood?

jfilutze (author)bradleyrxz2011-07-20

hay be nice. he is just making something he is interested in. dont put him down for doing something that ovbiously sparked your interest as well noting that you commented on this instructable...

JoeMurphy (author)jfilutze2011-07-21

thanks @jfulutze ;)

JoeMurphy (author)bradleyrxz2011-07-21

here we go again

Previous Comment:
Good eye sir... if you look the trucks arn't even bolted in place, this pictures was taken when the board was still in the mock-up stage. The reason I went with cardboard was because it was for a contest where the materials where limited to cardboard and gorilla glue.

i wanna make this for a grass board

JoeMurphy (author)bradleyrxz2009-12-18

Good eye sir... if you look the trucks arn't even bolted in place, this pictures was taken when the board was still in the mock-up stage. The reason I went with cardboard was because it was for a contest where the materials where limited to cardboard and gorilla glue.  

splazem (author)2011-07-16

Cool beans!

edina2015 (author)2011-07-16

Does it support an average persons weight?

riguy98 (author)2011-07-15

Not really a cardboard skateboard if you used plexiglass

zombiesurvival (author)2010-10-05

do u have any sub for pexiglass? houshold item if posible

gofast845 (author)zombiesurvival2010-10-30

you can prob use think ply wood, a different skate board, or anything flat, hard and big

jonchow96 (author)2010-08-04

Is there an alternative to plexiglass? Thanks in advance :)

Zaphod Beeblebrox (author)2010-02-02

are those randals? it's hard to tell from a distance........ (author)2009-11-21


bran094 (author)2009-11-03

not to be mean, but wouldnt it break or bend easily?

knexsuperbuilderfreak (author)2009-09-05

this makes me nervous

I'll post a video might make you less nervous

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