This instructable is going to be a basic guide on how to make a longboard.
Since i can not  possibly cover everything, and also since a lot of the learning comes with experience, you will need to do some research and experimenting on your own. Building a longboard is not a simple task and it requires patience, hard work, and attention to detail.
Hopefully i can share with you what i know, and what has worked well for me, so that you too can start making boards for yourself, and maybe even friends. 

If you are really new to this, you might not even know what longboarding is. If you have no idea what longboarding is, then i would refer to this instructable first:

Ok you want to build a longboard!
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Longboard building is not cheap, but if you do put time, care, and effort into your boards they will last you a long time. Your first few boards will probably break as mine did, but once you get it down, you will have lots of boards to ride, and possibly sell. I would recommend starting out with a simple design and then move onto more complicated designs once you have board making down.

Please note: The instructions and techniques come from all different sites and i am just putting it all together into an instructable. I am not stealing the information, i am using what i know wand what knowledge others have shared with me.

Here is a good website to help you with building if you get stuck.

Finally: *I am not responsible for any injuries, build boards and skate them at your own risk. Please always wear the proper safety gear when skating*

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PrastawaA2 days ago

is it good if i use teak wood to make a longboard? in my country, to fine maple wood or baltic birch wood is very difficult. please give your opinion.

Barrettkg made it!28 days ago

Following your guide, I was able to make my own (with a few changes). Three years later and its going well. Some cracks in it but I've gotten a lot of mileage out of it and its still riding smooth.

ktm88881 month ago
Sir how would I make the wood super strong
Mr. tony stark10 months ago
All bases well covered! Good job!
squishyjoss11 months ago
Thats sweet
Rockitalk1 year ago
Great work! Thanks for the kind words about Roarockit...we work hard everyday to help board builders and are always trying to keep costs down on veneers, glues, TAP vacuum bags, etc.
SirDubz4201 year ago
Hello I have a few questions, would I be able to use this method with bamboo poles I have in my back yard? if so would you be able to give me advice going in that direction?
My email is
Rubiz1 year ago
Is it too late to add concave after the glue dries?
donkeyknee1 year ago
Its good
lratl11 year ago
That is perfect for doing tricks I couldn't do an ally and now I can
GDADZGSONS1 year ago
Very sorry about that. It is very annoying.
GDADZGSONS1 year ago
Sorry about that computer went haywaire:[
GDADZGSONS1 year ago
Are you on silverfish longboarding?
GDADZGSONS1 year ago
Are you on silverfish longboarding?
GDADZGSONS1 year ago
Are you on silverfish longboarding?
GDADZGSONS1 year ago
Are you on silverfish longboarding?
GDADZGSONS1 year ago
What is the name of your board design? {If commercially available}
lauti20001 year ago
i have been wanting to make a longboard but dont know what typer of trucks bearings and wheels to get do you have any suggestions
Randalls or Paris 180s. Depends on what sort of riding you want to do.
Very nice instructable. Well described steps.
if i were to not use fiberglass and just birch, how many layers of 1/4 would i need? im 180
arobertson43 years ago
hey will 3 layers of 1/8 inch be enough plus 2 layers of fiberglass? i weigh around 175
u need at least 5 layers wood and and 4layers fibreglass

im 90 pounds and i can easily bottom out a board with 4 layers of wood and 2 fibreglass

more fibreglass will give the board a livelier flex
for the best flex use over 8 layers of fibreglass with epoxy resin instead of polyester resin
ps dont buy automotive fibreglass
8 layers of fiberglass? that would make the board rock solid, and very uncomfortable to ride.
Maco133 years ago
Where do you buy your birch? Is it a store or a website? I've got no stores near me and I can only find one website.
the aforementioned website sells all kinds of build kits for longboards and skateboards, in addition to all necessities for building. word of advice though, look elsewhere for your Titebond III glue. Amazon has a great deal on it.

Where about are you from? If your in the UK most timber companies sell birch plywood at various thickness.
Ne1410is2 years ago
Do you put arches in your boards
How may plys of birch should I use if I was going to build a 28 inch dropthrough and I wanted it to be pretty flexy? Thanks

Where about are you from? If your in the UK most timber companies sell birch plywood at various thickness.
Hey I have a BAMBOO PLYWOODs to sale- I started to import 100% natural bamboo plywood straight from China especially for LONGBOARD DECK MAKING.
Contact me:
mir0k2 years ago
Do you have any advice of proper adjusting trucks when you don't have a center line anymore? Thanks.
samdaman2 years ago
i was wondering how many layers of wood and what thickness i would need to build longboard. im 6'1 and 225lb's
you'll need 4 plys of 1/8 and you'll have to apply fiberglass.
cfox92 years ago
hey guys i need some info on building a long board. i am 175 pounds 5'8ft and i already know the design of my board, i just need to know what size of plywood(maple, oak, etc.). also how many sheets of plywood, and number of sheets of fiber glass. finally how long should my board be?
Ok, I am new to longboarding and am thinking of making one this summer. First off, I was thinking about making a foam press like this one Do you think this will be ok?
Next, I really have no clue what the demensions should be. I guess it will be 4 feet long, but how wide? I am probably going to make a design like the second picture on this page (Go Ride!). Lastly, I also have no clue what types of wheels or trucks to get. I am new and dont know which are good and bad, ect.
u shouldnt make a board longer than 45 inches
You best be trolling. A friend of mine has an 84 inch board and it's brilliant...
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