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

Materials
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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSufPxqGMKs
 
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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. 
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jnielsen122 months 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_time3 months ago
just out of curiosity how much was it to build the board minus wheels trucks and grip tape
zdawg_ut4 months 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?

JorisWillig9 months ago

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

http://www.silverfishlongboarding.com/forum/longboarding-resources-q/130780-camber-vs-rocker.html

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.

lauti20001 year 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

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

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

bhoffman551 year 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

Scuba6031 year ago
did u just use regular plywood?
how heavy is that stuff you put on the board first weight?
JTMLB261 year 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
rowdypaco1 year ago
did you fiberglass both sides of the board?
bjc40731 year 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)  bjc40731 year 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.
thebeastj1 year ago
is the bending really necessary for it or does it need to be done?
bellbros123 (author)  thebeastj1 year ago
no, not at all, this is just a preference,
imboredalot2 years ago
You can download templates here: http://www.silverfishlongboarding.com/Board_Templates/
ChiefBordum2 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
ckraske2 years ago
what i might do is flip the board upside down on the trucks giving you a little bit more flex
kaine.xiii2 years ago
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?
you really should use the two 1/4in because if you use 1/2in you will not be able to shape it.
If I have a single piece of wood that is hard enough, but not too heavy, that does not bend at all when I stand on it, is the bending step still necessary?
bellbros123 (author)  AudioMaximus2 years ago
that should be fine if u just want to ride around, but personally the board then feels like a piece of food with wheels. i personally like the feel of an authentic Longboard.
Tyler52 years ago
Is it absolutely necessary to put the fiberglass on?
ebend12 Tyler52 years ago
to build on his comment, where can one get the cloth and resin?
I got it in the auto department at a local hardware store.
imboredalot2 years ago
Can I use regular skateboard trucks and wheels?
chaoschao992 years ago
Which way does the board bend when you ride it?
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