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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: http://www.instructables.com/id/Longboarding-what-is-it/

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.
Silverfishlongboarding

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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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 http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Longboard-Skateboard/step3/Glueing-Pressing/ 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
if your like 5 years old.... my board is 54 inches long. why should it be so short? answer: it shouldn't. Long longboards are easier to control downhill. short boards are more for boardwalk cruising where you have to dodge people a lot.
GabeG1 pyoung43 months ago

Short boards (36-38) are the best for sliding, and much easier to go fast on. Long Longboards are for cruising and stuff.

You best be trolling. A friend of mine has an 84 inch board and it's brilliant...
I've seen 1.5 meter longboards. (60in) you can make them as long as you want. Just make sure they are stiff enough.
You shouldn't give advice unless you know what you're talking about. What is your reason for not making a board longer than 45"?

10 inches wide by 38 inches long is a good dimension.

i have a couple suggestions on hardware, the three most common trucks i think are bears(my fave), paris, and randalls. you can do your own research for what truck is best for you.

as far as wheels go, hawgs, abec11, orangatang, seismic, sector nine, etc. lots of wheels to choose from. wheels have a couple main differences. durometer(durometer is the hardness of the wheel),the higher the number the better for sliding. lower, the grippier. lots more to talk about.

bearings, i don't know much about.
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: bamboo.plywoods@gmail.com

Hey, you still have that? Do you have a website or something? I want some bamboo deck wood.

Hey, yes we r still importing plywoods, u can check our website or contact via email. Www.bambusowe.com Info@bambusowe.com
PrastawaA10 months 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!11 months 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.

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ktm888811 months ago
Sir how would I make the wood super strong
All bases well covered! Good job!
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.
good
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 JoshuaWellborn@hotmail.com
Rubiz2 years ago
Is it too late to add concave after the glue dries?
yep.
donkeyknee2 years ago
Its good
lratl12 years ago
That is perfect for doing tricks I couldn't do an ally and now I can
GDADZGSONS2 years ago
Very sorry about that. It is very annoying.
GDADZGSONS2 years ago
Sorry about that computer went haywaire:[
GDADZGSONS2 years ago
Are you on silverfish longboarding?
GDADZGSONS2 years ago
Are you on silverfish longboarding?
GDADZGSONS2 years ago
Are you on silverfish longboarding?
GDADZGSONS2 years ago
Are you on silverfish longboarding?
GDADZGSONS2 years ago
What is the name of your board design? {If commercially available}
lauti20002 years 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
arobertson44 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

also
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 www.roarockit.com 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.
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