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Chalkboard Skateboard: A new board every day!

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Hello! In this instructable I'll be sharing a method I created in order to produce a sleek platform-looking skateboard that serves not only to take me around, but also to display different messages and drawings beneath my feet that I can change whenever I want without worrying about them getting wiped away or smudged. And all with stuff that's easily accessible and pretty cheap. :)
I hope you guys run with this idea, as there are so many more possibilities with this method!
 
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Step 1: Step 1: What kind of board do I want?

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Decided what board you'd like to ride on. Short? Long? Keep in mind that the larger the board the more screws you'll need to keep the grip on (this will be explained later). I went with a really short board because it meant I could go with a thicker, heavier and more sturdy wood without drastically increasing the weight of the board. Also, portability was a big issue.
I decided to go with a wide 9.75" width to give me plenty of room to write on, and compensate for the short length for my ride.
Once you have a rough idea for what size and shape you want your board to be, you can begin purchasing your materials.
ilpug1 year ago
dude what.

Nice idea with the chalk, but the rest of it seems hard to ride and weak and sharp
TheShrubPatrol (author)  ilpug1 year ago
I haven't given it a proper spin yet but I've been jumping on it and it doesn't seem to go anywhere :)
I'd also be comfortable letting my little cousin handle it - no sharp part about it!
1/8" sheets of ply, glued and stacked perpindicular to each other, is much stronger than the 3/4" or 1/2" you're using.

that board will not break as easily due to the plaskolite but it will break. check silverfishlongboarding.com for lots of tips and tricks on building your own decks.
TheShrubPatrol (author)  kinggargantuan1 year ago
Totally right. Laminating veneers are always the best option. However I wanted to make a quick and easy project anyone could decide to do in a day without waiting for an online shipment. One trip to Home Depot in 1 hour and done :)
In addition to this, the types of stresses that this kind of board would go through are much smaller than stresses on a board with lips used for tricks, or a similar long board. Its only 24" long, and the trucks are pretty close together. This means the moment arm for any forces will be much smaller than normal (Think of trying to open a door near the hinge vs near the door knob) I'll keep the instructable updated if I notice any failure in strength, but I don't plan going off any ramps with the thing haha.

And the Plaskolite probably has 0 structural significance. While the premium grade can bend quite a bit, it is still a brittle material. Were it laminated on it MAY help, but the way I have it here it definitely won't do much structurally speaking. Only pointing this out so others know not to "reinforce" their boards with the stuff :)
Thanks for the comment! I appreciate the insight :)
Very cool but as some advice, make the length of the deck go WITH the grain of the wood rather than against it. It will make the board a lot stronger and less likely to break
Thanks for the insight! I thought about this and it's oriented this way because the wood grain you see on the top is actually a paper thin veneer. I figured that because plywood layers are stacked in alternating orientations, rotating it 90 degrees would make the structural grain of the plywood oriented in the proper direction, strengthening the board like you said.