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This is a simple, easy, and cheap way to build your own longboard instead of paying hundreds of dollars.

Wood Glue
2 or 3 - 1/4" plywood sheets (depending on the amount of flex wanted) 
Fiber glass cloth 
Fiber glass resin and hardener 
Longboard trucks
Clear grip tape


Step 1: Gluing the Board

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First apply wood glue the two sheets of wood (or three if desired). Then using a paint scraper to evenly spread the glue. Afterwards press the wood together. Be sure not to leave air bubbles in between the wood. 
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Is the fibreglass applied to just the bottom side? Does it roll over the edges or just go to the edge?

monslogan16 days ago

what type of wood was used?

eteal1114 months ago
So there is no need to alter the curve horizontally? Will just the camber be sufficient?

were does the fiber glass come in?

There are a lot of repeat questions down here, maybe you could edit the 'ible so that those questions don't need to asked?

emma.vanek.36 months ago
I love the design and shape of this board and was thinking of making one for myself. I was wondering how long it is from end to end, and also from the inside of the truck to the other inside, and also how wide is the widest part?
How much did it cost to make the board
Usualy projects like this r around £40 (sos im english) minus wheels and trucks
Hey! Sick board!! Wot type of ply did u use cus i love the look of the wood!!
jnielsen121 year ago
How can you bend it so just the back end bends up? And what kind of plywood are you using

How did you tape out the design for the wood stain/what brand of tape did you use? Im wondering how you got the tape to curve nicely and keep the stain from spreading outward.

smash_time1 year ago
just out of curiosity how much was it to build the board minus wheels trucks and grip tape
zdawg_ut1 year ago

If I were to use one sheet of 1/2" normal birch and reinforced it with the fiberglass would I still need to worry about the board cracking? Should I use Baltic Birch instead or am I okay with normal birch plywood?

bit of a noob here: does the board bend downwards or upwards? really cool project by the way, definitely gonna do this!

If the middle part is higher than the nose and tail its called camber, if its the other way (like a really flat u) its called rocker.
There's different attributes to each other you can find more info here


when you do it this way, and you put weight in the middle of the board when bending it, you form something called convex. so when you cut it out is sagging down, but when you put on your trucks you flip over the board so that the part that was sagging down is facing up.

lauti20002 years ago
where can i get good weels and bearings to make it go fast

just your local skate shop, for bearings i would recomend bones bearings

LiftAndLove2 years ago
Do you need the fiberglass cloth? I'm doing this in shop and don have too many resources, pretty much just wood, wood glue, and a bunch of tools. Please reply soon.

you dont have to use fiberglass cloth, that just adds a little more protection and stiffness, if you have a bunch of wood then i would recomend to use 3-4 plys of wood, so that the last ply of wood will replace the fiber cloth

cheddarevan2 years ago
I want to build a drop through deck. I weigh 102 lbs. How many plys of wood would you recommend if i use baltic birch. Your board is awesome.

you could probably just go with 2 plys, but 3 ply if you want a little more stiffness

bhoffman552 years ago
hey im interested in making a board like this ( using the method ) i was wondering what kind of wood i should use. and if i want it to withstand 225 pounds ...how many sheets of wood?

if you can get your hands on some maple wood, then that would be the best, but if not just baltic birch, or birch. but you should use maybe 3-4,

and also if you can use some clamps if you have, and if you dont have alot of clamps use some screws also

I am making a 4ft. 1" board. I weigh about 140 and I want some bend so how many layers should i put and how long should I leave the cinder block on for?? Thanks

you should just use 3 ply's maybe, you should still get some flex

Scuba6032 years ago
did u just use regular plywood?
adamharling2 years ago
how heavy is that stuff you put on the board first weight?
JTMLB262 years ago
Is the fiberglass suff just to protect the paint and design. If so could I go with out it and apply a clear coat instead
The fiberglass makes it stiffer
rowdypaco2 years ago
did you fiberglass both sides of the board?
bjc40732 years ago
This is sorta mean, but how much do you weigh? I am making 2 for my cousin and my sister. They are both about 150, but I want it to sustain 200 lbs. Is 2 layers enough or do you think I need 3 sheets? BTW this is very nice, and where did you get your design/template
bellbros123 (author)  bjc40732 years ago
i weigh 150 as well, and the board holds extremely well. Two layers holds perfectly fine for a 150 lb person, but i would add a third layer it you want it to safely sustain 200 lbs. the board may not be as flexible as a result. the template is actually hand drawn. i drew half the board, then cut that side out. i then folded the paper in half, and re traced the side i drew to make it symmetrical, then i cut out the second side. to get the smooth curves i used edges of different sized round plastic container caps.
thebeastj2 years ago
is the bending really necessary for it or does it need to be done?
bellbros123 (author)  thebeastj2 years ago
no, not at all, this is just a preference,
imboredalot2 years ago
You can download templates here: http://www.silverfishlongboarding.com/Board_Templates/
ChiefBordum3 years ago
I was just wondering, instead of wood stain. what kind of paint would I have to use?..
You could really use any paint, oil, acrylic, maybe even watercolours. You're covering whatever you're painting with fibreglass/grip tape anyways
ckraske3 years ago
what i might do is flip the board upside down on the trucks giving you a little bit more flex
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