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How to Make a Skateboard

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i'm going to show you people how to make a skatebaord, tell you the materials you need and where to get the materials.

(MATERIALS)
1. venner (hard rock maple for the wood go to www.snowboardmaterials.com)
2. tiebond glue 3 ultimite glue
3. molded press
4. jig saw or band saw (if you have one)
5. router of rasp
6. spray paint & clear coat laquer
7. painters tape (blue)
 
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Step 1: The venners

For the venners they have to be hardmaple not any other type of maple because pine or oak etc. is a strong or stiff as maple and it won't break as easily. where you can get the venners is at www.snowboardmaterials.com there are only two other sites but for five boards is overs 90 dollars.

the next step is once you get the venners you will have three types of venners they are called

Face- which is a venner that is sanded on one side but not sanded on the other side that is the first venner.

Core layer- it's the same thing as the face but both sides of the venner are not sanded.

Cross band- which is a sheet of venner that is not cut with the grain but is cut going against the grain

This is how the venners are supposed to be layed

Face, Core layer, Cross band, Core layer, Cross Band, Core layer, then the last one is a Face

Step 2: Gluing the Venners

Now once you have all of the venners in the right place for the skatebaord is TIME TO GLUE!!!
If you use any other type of glue beside tiebond your screwed because the other glue doesn't hold as strong as tiebond trust me I've done it before.

Any way for gluing process take a sanded side of the Face on the concrete or were ever you do this, and the unsanded side up. Put glue on the unsanded side of the face then take a core layer and put that on the face do that with the same thing as the cross band 7 times

Step 3: Pressing and curing

Once you have all of venners glued together it's now time for the pressing process

Take two pieces of cardboard that are about 3 inches wider and longer then the unshaped board.
then, put the mold on it's side and stick the venners between the mold and the cardboard, then take 2 4' channel irons and a about 20" to 16" bolts with nuts and washers. Now put the channel irons in the center of the mold so it gets a good nice press. once this is done let the deck take its shaped for about 1 to 1 1/2 days for it to cure good and strong

Step 4: Designing the uncut

Once The uncut deck has cured take it out of the mold and remove the cardboard(pieces of the cardboard will stick to the uncut either sand it or try to chisel the cardboard off.). once you got that done it's time to make your design. what I would use a is a design cadd program it makes it more accurate for the nose & tail, you could draw your design out on graph paper. once you have drawn out our design put it on the uncut just don't tape it on yet, figure out how long you want the nose & tail of the board. Once you have everything where you want it make the markings for the trucks then you can start to tape and draw then cut the outline

Step 5: Cutting the uncut

Once you have the design ready to got is time to cut tea deck out to is shape.

when you do this I would just suggest to use a band saw because it's more accurate of a cut, but if you don't have one you can always use the handy dandy little jigsaw. when you star to cut make for cut I'll show you in the picture, start your cutting.
After you get done cutting it out take a router of a rasp to curve the edges ( thats to make sure you don't get slivers. after that is done sand the entire deck then take steel wool of sand paper ( about 150 to 220 grit) and hand sand till it's super, super smooth. oh don't forget to drill the truck holes

Step 6: Finishing Toches

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For this board I'm just going to put a clear lacquer on the bottom and the logo on the part you stand on with clear grip tape (you can get different kinds of grip tape at scheels)

Hey! Cool guys, don't trouble PAPAROACH. Here is the clear description video of how to make a skateboard https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDYm4Hr931s watch it. Bye :)

DUNNDER9 months ago
That question is a ZERO what is this hypothesis.
kissiltur4 years ago
The word is "veneer" not "venner". Don't mean to be picky, but it's a critical term whose incorrectness makes it very hard to figure out what's going on.
May I suggest that rather than using veneer, use fiberglass?
PAPAROACH (author)  The Daft4 years ago
NO DUDE BECAUSE WHEN YOU GRAB THE BOARD YOUR GOING TO GET A LOT OF SLIVERS
if you did a skim coating of resin on the edges when you were done you wouldn't get splinters, and aslong as you molded it correctly and sanded it down you wouldn't et splinters.
My apologies, not fiberglass, but Plexiglas.
Plexi would snap like a twig(no pun intended),not to mention that it's mighty heavy.
this is true
i made a board out of plywood a long time ago, it splintered alot, but using an orbital sander cleaned it all up, its now so smooth.
PAPAROACH (author)  kissiltur4 years ago
SRRY
+1 lol, i saw that and i was gonna comment the spelling, but youve done it allready :D
just what do you mean by "you peaple" lulz
PAPAROACH (author)  The 4th Doctor4 years ago
WAT
USING CAPSLOCK MAKES YOU SOUND LIKE YOU'RE YELLING
what's the thickness of the 7 veneers combined?
PAPAROACH (author)  little critter4 years ago
srry i thought u said each ply srry well when it is entirely glued together it is about quarter inch of thickness
I use baltic birch veneer. It works just as good, but it is more flexible. I have made two decks with baltic birch, and they haven't broke yet.
TSC4 years ago
Nice!!!!!!
jmaister4 years ago
Hi,

my question is...
How do you get or construct that skateboard mold ?

Thanks
PAPAROACH (author)  jmaister4 years ago

I'll prbably try and make an instructable later on this year but for now got to a website called www.diyskate.com then once you get their click on diy skateboards and it give's you instructions on how to make them.

Fat Bagel4 years ago
looks awesome man, i made my first board few months ago but turned out wayyy to bendy used the wrong ply. ill give another one a try soon
Reffner4 years ago
What's with the mold? What's it made of? Did you buy it or make it? Needs more clarification on important things like the molding process.
I bet he took a normal skateboard, wrapped it in plastic, and dunked it in cement.
PAPAROACH (author)  The Ideanator4 years ago
w-40
PAPAROACH (author)  PAPAROACH4 years ago
wd-40
PAPAROACH (author)  Reffner4 years ago
YOU BUY CONCRETE AT ANY STORE AND YOU KNOW WHT I'LL JUST MAKE AN INSTRUCTABLE
rada1944 years ago
How did you make the mold
PAPAROACH (author)  rada1944 years ago
I'LL MAKE AN INSRUCLABLE ABOUT IT
PAPAROACH (author)  PAPAROACH4 years ago
instructable
This is cool. How much did it cost for this?
PAPAROACH (author)  LuminousObject4 years ago
the total cost is $90
rickymetz4 years ago
did you make sure to alternate the wood grains to give it extra strength?
PAPAROACH (author)  rickymetz4 years ago
YES IF YOU WANT TO GO TO THE WEBSITE WHERE I GO THE IDEA GO TO DIYSKATE.COM THEN CLICK ON DIY SKATEBOARDS
This is quite awesome, I love it! faved & fived
PAPAROACH (author)  The Ideanator4 years ago
THNX
happyman4 years ago
Now he just needs a 'able on how he made the mold
PAPAROACH (author)  happyman4 years ago
IF SHOULD DO THAT BUT I DON'T KNOW IF I'M GONG TO MAKE ANOTHER ONE
ion blaster4 years ago
did you buy the venners from the snowboardmaterials site??
PAPAROACH (author)  ion blaster4 years ago
YES
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