NOTE: I take no responcibility for your workmanship, if your board breaks and you are injured, im sorry but i cant help you.
Step 1: Design the Board
I suggest creating a scaled sketch of what you want to make before you start doing anything, It'll help if you have riden a few boards previously so you know what you want to make.
Guidelines for flex.
Using 1/8" baltic birch 3plys with formica will give a small flex with 160lbs with a 30" Wheel base. A
Step 2: Obtain Materials
1/8 Baltic Birch(should have 3 plys to it), for this build i used 3- 1'X4' sheets
TiteBond III Wood Glue, green bottle, you will need about 8oz for a board
A PRESS Look at this vid for instructions on how to make it. (Note: the vid is not of me)
- Optional stuff: Formica, Fiberglass, Carbon Fiber, Paints
- TOOL: I use a jig saw, a belt sander, an orbital sander, a drill press, a putty knife, and whatever else i deem necessary.
Step 3: Glueing & Pressing
First, make sure your press is ready, you have the clamps for it ready and everything.
Next, look at the wood, decide what sides you want facing out and in and get that all decided.
Third, spread the glue onto the wood(use a putty knife). You want to either do a thick coat on one piece, or a thin coat on each piece. Repeat for each ply.
(I did three plys of wood and a formica bottom, with thin coats of glue on each face.)
Last, get everything lined up how you want it, put it in the press, and then clamp it down, I use 9 home made bar clamps made out of 2X4 and all thread.
Now you wait, 24 hours or more, this lets the glue set up and for a nice strong board.
Step 4: Planning Your Cuts
Now you must take the board out of the press and lay out your cuts onto it. get crazy, the more odd the shape the more attention the board will draw and the more props youll get for being a board builder.
some things to keep in mind, you probably want the board to be somewhere around 9" wide, ive got big feet, so i go 10" wide.
So, sketch out the shape you want onto the board and also put down a center line(this will help later)
Step 5: The Cutting & Shaping
You do want to keep the top edge sharp, it will give you better traction on your board.
Once you get the shape of the board all done, you need to drill out the mounting holes, I suggest printing out this , and lining it up with the center line of the board, and using a drill press to drill out the mounting holes. Also, if you want the board to be a drop through, as i did on this build, you can use this template, or look up any of the many others online.
Step 6: Creative Time!!!!
After you are done getting super cool graphics or whatever, you need to seal the board, so what i suggest is using Minwax Polycrylic, it goes on easily and will not change the colors you laid down earlier. I do 4-5 coats