Introduction: How to Build a Longboard

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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. 

Step 2: Bending

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Set up the wood so it hangs in the middle, and apply a weight so that it will curve as it drys. Then either staple or screw together the wood to create a tight seal.

Step 3: Design

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Now its time to come up with a design for your longboard. You can copy other designs or make your own unique one. first draw your design on a large peice of paper and then trace that onto your wood. you can fold your paper in half and draw half the design and cut it out so you have a symmetrical design.

Step 4: Cutting and Sanding

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Now that you have your design on your wood you can cut it out. First trace your paper design onto the wood. Then I used a jig saw to cut it, but you can use whatever works for you. sand it until it is nice and smooth so there is no rough edges.

Step 5: Painting

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This step is optional, but the fiberglass will be clear and the paint will be visible. I used electric tape to sketch my design. Then i used wood stain to paint. To create the different shades i used three coats for the dark parts and one coat for the lighter parts. After the stain dries remove the tape. 

Step 6: Fiberglass

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First mix the fiberglass resin with the hardener at the correct proportion. Then lay out the Fiber glass cloth on the painted side and using a paintbrush spread the resin evenly across the board. be sure to work quickly and effectively, the fiberglass begins to harden in about 15 minutes. After it is applied let it cure for about 3-4 hours. 

Step 7: Trimming and Drilling

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Then using a razor cut of the excess fiberglass off of the sides of the board. Now it's time to drill the holes for the trucks. Be sure that they are straight or else the trucks will not align correctly. Now bolt on the Trucks.

Step 8: Grip Tape

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Now the grip tape is totally up to you - You could...
Cover the entire surface with grip tape...
cut up pieces and create designs out of grip tape...
Or paint your board and apply clear grip tape...

I painted the same design on the top of the board using the same procedure as before. Then i applied the clear grip tape and cut the excess tape away.  

Step 9: Finishing Touches

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Now that Your board is pretty much done, all that is left is light sanding. This is just to smooth down the fiberglass and grip tape around the edges. Your board is done and ready to ride!!!!


JackZ20 (author)2016-08-12

this looks great!

smash_time (author)2014-07-21

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

JoeS264 (author)smash_time2016-07-05

40 to 60$

meagan.harkin.5 (author)2015-01-15

How much did it cost to make the board

JoeS264 (author)meagan.harkin.52016-07-05


Usualy projects like this r around £40 (sos im english) minus wheels and trucks

I think this is hard to belief since wood with a good quality (for this project) is very expensive and you also have to buy wood glue (also good one off course or your board will fall apart), varnish, sandpaper...

If you want to make your board decent you better pay enough for quality. Good varnish and glue are expensive!

Yeah, i paid about $60 for the board itself then about $130 for trucks, wheels, berrings, hardware, etc

emma.vanek.3 (author)2015-02-19

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?

MadelineM9 (author)emma.vanek.32015-11-10

Mine was 49 inches long, about 9 inches at the widest part and about 30 inches from truck to truck

LisaCMacDonald (author)2015-08-17

Is the fibreglass applied to just the bottom side? Does it roll over the edges or just go to the edge?

So the fiberglass sheet should just be on the bottom, but you should apply a layer resign/hardener to the sides and top as well :)

MadelineM9 made it! (author)2015-11-10

Pretty solid tutorial but I have a few alternatives/tips
Instead of using wood glue to stick the two boards together, use some of the fiberglass. It will stay a lot better and last longer.
Use a belt sander to round the eges so they are less square and amature looking
Before you drill the holes for the trucks, put two 2 by 4s under the board where you think the trucks can be. That way you can stand on the board to get a feel for what it will be like when you put them in. My board was 48 inches long and i found my trucks being 30 inches apart gave it the best balance.
Mine didnt turn out 100% how i wanted it to but this was a great tutorial and now i know how to make a better board next time

monslogan (author)2015-08-12

what type of wood was used?

eteal111 (author)2015-04-18

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

johnathan.wilhelm.3 (author)2015-03-01

were does the fiber glass come in?

StandingOnStones (author)2015-02-23

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

drunkskater101 (author)2015-02-17

Hey! Sick board!! Wot type of ply did u use cus i love the look of the wood!!

jnielsen12 (author)2014-08-17

How can you bend it so just the back end bends up? And what kind of plywood are you using

climbstufffindstuff (author)2014-08-03

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.

zdawg_ut (author)2014-06-14

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?

JorisWillig (author)2014-01-22

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

jchan42 (author)JorisWillig2014-02-05

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

SAMOWAIIAN (author)JorisWillig2014-01-30

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.

lauti2000 (author)2013-01-07

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

SAMOWAIIAN (author)lauti20002014-01-30

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

LiftAndLove (author)2013-01-22

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.

SAMOWAIIAN (author)LiftAndLove2014-01-30

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

cheddarevan (author)2013-05-28

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.

SAMOWAIIAN (author)cheddarevan2014-01-30

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

bhoffman55 (author)2013-07-05

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 many sheets of wood?

SAMOWAIIAN (author)bhoffman552014-01-30

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

wil_schofield (author)2013-10-13

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

SAMOWAIIAN (author)wil_schofield2014-01-30

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

Scuba603 (author)2013-06-28

did u just use regular plywood?

adamharling (author)2013-06-10

how heavy is that stuff you put on the board first weight?

JTMLB26 (author)2013-01-03

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

Whitedude0728 (author)JTMLB262013-06-09

The fiberglass makes it stiffer

rowdypaco (author)2012-12-29

did you fiberglass both sides of the board?

bjc4073 (author)2012-11-15

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)bjc40732012-11-15

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.

thebeastj (author)2012-10-24

is the bending really necessary for it or does it need to be done?

bellbros123 (author)thebeastj2012-11-09

no, not at all, this is just a preference,

imboredalot (author)2012-09-23

You can download templates here:

ChiefBordum (author)2012-05-18

I was just wondering, instead of wood stain. what kind of paint would I have to use?..

josh1324 (author)ChiefBordum2012-09-02

You could really use any paint, oil, acrylic, maybe even watercolours. You're covering whatever you're painting with fibreglass/grip tape anyways

ckraske (author)2012-07-01

what i might do is flip the board upside down on the trucks giving you a little bit more flex

kaine.xiii (author)2012-05-28

Instead of gluing two pieces of 1/4" birch plywood together, would it be fine to just use one 1/2" piece of birch plywood?

skishoot (author)kaine.xiii2012-06-19

you really should use the two 1/4in because if you use 1/2in you will not be able to shape it.

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