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Make A Professional Longboard

video Make A Professional Longboard
Greetings fellow Instructable Enthusiast!

I am a custom longboard builder in the Kansas City Area.  Instructables really helped spark my interest for building things. Building longboards has become a major hobby and part time job. I am also sponsored by Daddies Board Shop  one of the greatest board shop on the internet. You can check out there site at the link below for any of your extreme sports needs!
http://www.daddiesboardshop.com/

I have been making boards for a little over a year now. I have gained a lot of knowledge over the subject so feel free to ask any questions you might have. I have been riding my own boards and have used them for general cruising, freestyle, free riding, and  downhill (Ive been up to 45mph on one of my boards the hills in my area are pretty small). My boards are sturdy and last long.

-A Couple of the Items I use-
I use 1/8th in. Baltic Birch *Veneer
A Roarrockit TAP bag
Clamps
Jigsaw
Belt sander
Wood Glue (titebond)
2in Foam Mold

The Board I built in the video is about 38in long and 9.75in at widest point. It has 1in concave down the length, wheels wells, 2 different bolt hole options, gas-pedals, and the board is equiped with blue cailber 44's, Sector9 Butterballs, and vicious supercoarse griptape.

Safety-always wear safety goggles if you are able to. Woodworking machinery can be very dangerous and it is in YOUR best interest to protect yourself. I am not the best with remembering to use safety equipment but if you have never use machinery or built a board before safety equipment keeps you safe.


I have also made many boards using the DIMM press method. A method by which Dimitri Kamarov (A board builder in canada) uses various clamps and a foam mold to get the concave and camber that a regular clamp press would get (The type of press using wood).

More Videos (These are step by step videos)

Make a Mold- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpGO6xxzfgs

Laminating- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiTqLwByoZs

Cutting- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24kiTfMy2E4

Wheel Wells- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ck1My3CbIDg

Bolt Holes- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVEeMgCiWbg
Check out my channel to more cool stuff!

For me sometimes the hardest part of getting into something is taking the first step. If money is your issue set aside money over a month long period and make it your goal to be able to make a board. It always takes a first step and who know that first step may blossom into a huge job opportunity or just a hobby!

And again feel free to contact me about any board building questions. Silverfish Longboarding has a section about board building (link below) I have used it for a reference for many of my builds and it is a great resource. I know a lot about this stuff so feel free to contact me if your just getting started. We are all in this together!

Silverfish- http://www.silverfishlongboarding.com/forum/longboard-board-building-q-discussions/



*Veneer= veneer is when two plies of wood are crossed grained and don't contain any fillers. Fillers are cheap stuff that most plywood has. its not the best for making longboards
JonMarkF3 months ago

Hey, Lars, I am also in the Kansas City area and I am wondering where you get your Baltic Birch Veneers from?

Jaxton Maez5 months ago
Hey, nice instructable, I was just wondering how do you get sponsored by people?
Jay-DOG1 year ago
thanks for replying Lars.

I do know about silverfishlongboarding.com although this first board design was made by hand by me. It´s a pintail (not perfect shaped but it is symetrical). Do you think that 5 inches away from both nose and tail would be a good spot to place my trucks?

I also haven´t bought the trucks and wheels yet but how wide are the trucks usually? Because if I can get big trucks (wider than my deck width) I am guessing it would turn just fine without going in contact with the deck. Correct me if I am wrong.

I also have some more questions.

1) For painting my board are acrylics a good thing to use? I was planning on using them but I am not sure if it will last for long.

2) Is fiberglass worth to buy? Is the wood really much stronger if you use it?

and also for the drills, I am just going to use a regular hole-driller. Hopefully that will be fine
larslovespeace (author)  Jay-DOG1 year ago
Sorry for the late response I didnt notice this comment till now. As it goes for the deck I am not very familiar with pintails because they limit what more advanced riders can do because of the taper from nose to tail but my advice would be to find a similar board on the internet and see where the trucks are located. Also look the the wheel base (the distance from inner bolt hole to innerbolt hole) by seeing what other companies have done it can give you a pretty good estimate about where to put your trucks.

Most trucks are about 10" wide or 180mm. The idea behind trucks is that you want the truck as wide as the board. for example if you had a 9" wide board you would probably want the 150mm trucks which I think are around 9".

As it goes with doing graphics you can use almost any form of art on a longboard but you will want to "polly" the deck after the graphic is on there. I would suggest a clear glossy finish spray paint. Pretty cheap for what it is. Itll make your board more protected from delaming and protect your artwork.

Fiberglass is often used for deck that have a ton of flex. fiberglass is almost always used in freestyle boards (look at the loaded boards) I wouldnt suggest using fiberglass because you have to buy a certain kind (i forgot what) Ive never used it before because my boards tend to not flex that much to begin with. Fiberglass is a very important part of longboards but for a first board I wouldnt suggest donig it.

Yes when I drill my holes I use a template that can be found on silverfish for board building. I mark down each hole then use my riser pad to make sure the bit goes down straight. This is deffinately not the best method but it works.

I hope that all helps. Sorry for the late response.
Alright I just got the trucks and wheels. I am going to draw the holes for trucks and start experimenting with painting my board. This is what I have heard I should do. Tell me if this is right:

1) Sand the board
2) Draw the design with acrylics.
3) Add a clear coat of polyurethane varnish in top. (Don't know how to apply this)

And also few more questions:

1) When drawing design can I use sharpie? Or will it go out after a while?
2) I don't have a electric sander, just got a manual sand block. that works too right?
3) For the grip tape, I am making a simple design in top part of board, I might get colored grip tape if I find it. Don't know where to look though? And can you draw with sharpies in top of grip tape?
larslovespeace (author)  Jay-DOG1 year ago
Also when you drill the hole I would also put a block of wood below the board flush with it. this is called a "sacrificial piece of pliewood" itll keep the deck from splintering.

Yes you will want to sand the board. I go up from like 100 to 320 grit then do the design of polly. when pollying id sugest getting a spray paint can of it. It works the same as spray paint except its clear. you will want to do multiple coats and sand in between each coat with like 320 or higher again.

For the design you can use almost any art. I have used sharpies, colored pencils, spray paint, acrylic paint, and stains. they do sell colored grip I would check out daddiesboardshop.com under the grip section they have tons of different types. This is quite unconventianal but my buddy has actually painted his grip tape with acrylic paints it looks pretty cool.

Hope that all helped!
Jay-DOG1 year ago
hey, looks like a very nice longboard you made there! Looks pretty awesome...
I am making one right now (my 1st one). I already have the deck cut out, but now I worry about my trucks and wheels.

My deck is sort of similar to yours. Nose and tail width are about 9 1/2" thick. I am kind of confused on where should I put the trucks. where should I drill? How far from nose and tail? And how wide are trucks normally? Do you think deck is going to touch wheels when I turn?

Please reply and thanks for making this sweet tutorial :)
larslovespeace (author)  Jay-DOG1 year ago
Im sure you know about silverfishlongboarding.com they have board templates and also a bolt hole template. The hardest part about board building is always the bolt holes. What i have been doing recently is making pilot holes by using a hard riser. Then going back through and drilling the real holes. As far as where to put the wheels goes I dont know many Id at least leave an inch from the tips. The larger the wheel base (inner bolt hole to inner bolt hole) less responsive the board will be. I have two sets of bolt holes on mine so I can adjust if I feel like it. Also wheel wells are always great. They cut down on weight and allow for turnage!! If you dont have the means to do wheel wells id just tighten up your trucks enough so they wont bite.

-Lars
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