Introduction: Home Built Longboard

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custom maple deck with mahogany inlays


Kryptonite (author)2011-05-27

Looks incredible! Nice job, kudos on the effort and overall win.
What was the method of make? Laminating? Carving? I'm planning on making a longboard so I'm looking at different methods; what was yours?

Mike Whipple (author)Kryptonite2011-05-28

Thanks man. it was a fun project and i'm proud of the outcome.
I laminated, it has concave but no kick tail. the whole thing is made from scraps i collected while working at a saw mill. some might call it going green, i call it poor bot Ingenuity. so i guess it wasn't a usual method, more like making a skate out of a jigsaw puzzle. i glued thin scraps into panels then planed and sanded them as flat and thin as i could. i had the advantage of access to a fully loaded commercial wood shop. there's four layers just under 1/8". i made my press out of wood covered with wax so the board cant stick to the press. rub skate wax on it and set it in the sun till the wax melts and soaks in i did like three coats. i used C-clamps to provide pressure.

GDADZGSONS (author)Mike Whipple2013-02-25

Nice way for a longboarder to blow spare time...... build customs! or not just specifically longboarders;]

pyoung4 (author)Mike Whipple2011-09-30

how do you get the concave in the longboard?

Kryptonite (author)Mike Whipple2011-05-29

Nice, I'm planning on sourcing some baltic birch and making a longboard of my own, hopefully it'll turn out ok!

knex hater hater (author)2008-06-15

Hello,i am also into longboards and that kinds of stuff,i have also made a homemade longboard out of a plain skateboard deck and some tracker trucks and some wheels, i have picture and video of it,it is a lowrider,in the pictures and videos it is version 1 and 3, v2 is missing because it didnt do anything. please give back responce,thankyou.

Pretty awesome short-boards!

Japper1 (author)knex hater hater2012-07-15

how did u do the cut outs? just the same lengths and cut out with a saw? im trying to do this at the moment

 Hey knex, what does this ride like?  I've got a deck sitting around and I was thinking of doing something with it.  I like the cut out.  Very interested.  Thanks!

Bam Bam (author)knex hater hater2008-08-21

That's called a Shlongboard.
Very fun to ride indeed.

For all you longboarders out there, check out and get on a board!

dude awesome! Please join my group! longboarding

Cool, good idea. how does it ride? you can get it a little lower if you drop the trucks through the deck. check out these sites:

hmmm,thats a good idea,ive' seen the dropthough teqnique before,like on some of the products at that does seem like a good idea though, ill try it out on one of my decks,and the board is about 2 and a half inches off the ground, it rides very smooth on the street and sidewalk,but sometimes the wheels get jammed on little tiny rocks, thanks for the advice.

have you tried bigger wheels? they don't get jammed as easy, and they are faster

im trying to get some retros, but the problem is that the wheel is very wide,and its ment for skate parks

teach me cool stuff (author)2012-11-28

Quick question, what is the best way to go about making those mini wheel well things(dont know what they are called at the moment)? i am thinking of building a top mount but im not sure if there is a good way to do those. thanks!

I used an oscillating spindle sander. I clamped a triangular block of wood to the board to hold it at the right angle ( I think about 15 degrees from vert. ) and just cut the depth by eye until they looked the same. Line them up with the front mounting holes.

thebeef2 (author)2012-11-15

What did you use to do the inlays on the back? It looks super awesome

Mike Whipple (author)thebeef22012-11-16

Thanks, this one was my favorite for sure. The inlays are mahogany. the board is Maple. I did another one just like it with walnut inlays, that turned out pretty good too.

larslovespeace (author)2011-10-27

I actually press my own using a DIMM press. I have a facebook group called Chillax Longboards. I am starting to sell on ebay and customs.

CUclimbing (author)2011-09-16

That is sick! it looks factory made. I'm working on making a longboard from scratch too. I really like the two stripes on the bottom, how did you do that?

hunterman1996 (author)2011-06-01

how did you do the inlays?

nathangill (author)2008-05-23

Dude... This isn't an instructable. I understand you want to show it off, but without the "how to" element, it doesn't belong here

Mike Whipple (author)nathangill2008-05-24

Dude....I know it's not an Instructable, it's a slide show. I'm not trying to show off , I'm trying to meet other board builders! If you want an Instructable look at the Instructables not the slide shows. Who are you to say what belongs here?

i'm a board builder, my board is blue with a white star in the bottom and white stripes on top.
i did a trhick layer of paint and it wrinkled and i don't need griptape.


it is springy so it has a really smooth ride.
the bearings are skooter bearings so they scrape on the edge of the bolt and truck

daknobie (author)2011-05-23

How did you get the inlays into the board? I'm looking to build a board like this, and I love the way the inlays look. So if you'd be willing to share that little bit of information, it would be awesome. They style you chose for your design is really cool too. How does it ride?

Mike Whipple (author)daknobie2011-05-28

I made this board out of scraps when i was working at a saw mill. i glued up strips of maple (strips is all i had) to make a panel with two strips of mahogany sandwiched in the middle. when the glue dried i planed and sanded it as thin as possible. i got it just under 1/8" by using a big drum sander machine and stacking another panel under it to get lower than the lowest setting on the machine. a little thicker than the usual veneer panels but it still bent without cracking.
not sure if that's the best way to go. I had never done inlays and i was working with scraps so i just kind of made it up as i went along and got lucky. i hope that helps.
I was going for a vintage surfboard style. got got the idea for that tail shape from the surfboards in the movie Lords of Dogtown.
i never got a chance to ride it. i sold it to a friend and he moved away before he set it up. he called me and said he loves it and i think hes still skating it.

Zaphod Beeblebrox (author)2009-10-20

hav u put trucks on by now?

Soupster (author)2009-05-21

I am longboard maker too.... I just made a new one look for the how to vid coming soon to Youtube ...look up Posiedon9!

Mike Whipple (author)Soupster2010-01-31

good stuff! looks like fun. it makes me want to go skate, but our streets are shit this time of year. I cant wait for SLC to come out of the deep freeze

hey ur not bad!

poserboy123 (author)2009-08-05


corkey123 (author)2008-12-05

I have made about 7 functional longboards using a few different techniques, the vacuum bag, the toothless press, and a few of my own versions of the toothless press to achieve bends and angles like an Evo, as well as concave and camber. or a slide deck. you said you were looking to meet other board builders :)

Mike Whipple (author)corkey1232008-12-15

cool man! do you have any pics? I just got a vacuum bag but I haven't tried it yet because I don't have a garage and its to cold to work outside in salt lake city now. slide deck you say, what kind of features would make a board better for sliding?

corkey123 (author)Mike Whipple2008-12-15

yeah, I got lots of pics, i think... e-mail? a slide deck is pretty much a long, fat skateboard fliptrick deck, double kick and whatnot. I'm on the coast, and in the same predicament, its snowing here, and my basement is 4.5 feet tall - not so good to work in, nowhere to do any messy projects.

SuperCoPilot (author)2008-08-13

i haven't seena good homemade long board in years dude great job

elitehaxor (author)2008-08-13

there is a diffret way to make these that im gonna try i might poste an instructablle on it, anyway what it is is you make a cross chaped hole where the trucks go so some of ther truck is on the top of the board so you have a lower center of gravity

pyro13 (author)2008-05-22

Awsome idea! please put up instructions and pictures of the steps please? I was looking at buying one, but if i can make one, it is all the better =D<br/>

TeacherOfTheWays (author)pyro132008-07-11

Please join my group! longboarding

pyro13 (author)TeacherOfTheWays2008-07-11


Mike Whipple (author)2008-05-22

check out Toothless Longboard Construction. I used a process kind of like that guy's simple press

You mean the screws? I saw that along time ago but I would rather use clamps.

no, i didn't use screws. i made a press out of wood and clamped the board between. just remember to rub wax all over both sides of the press so when extra glue comes out of the layers, you don't glue the board to the press.

Runeshai (author)2008-05-22

What about the wheels? How were you planning to do those?

Mike Whipple (author)Runeshai2008-05-22

Randal R-II trucks 70mm wheels and risers.

Runeshai (author)Mike Whipple2008-05-23

Oh ok cool. I just wondered if that was going to be part of the "Home built" project or not (like you were going to full-on build the trucks and mount wheels your own way). But cool, the woodwork looks very nice. Nice job.

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