Step 4: Pressing time!

Pressing your board:
Time to press those sheets of wood into a board!
First off you want to outline your template onto one of the sheets of wood.
Draw a center line on one of the wood sheets.
Place your template on the center when outlining onto the wood.
You can tape it down so it does not move.
Trace your outline onto the sheet. (see picture 1)

(see picture 2)

First off lay out all your materials, here is a list of materials you will need:
- Tiebond 1, 2, or 3 Wood Glue (I do not recommend Gorilla Glue)
- Paintbrush for spreading glue, roller also works
- Sandpaper or a sander
- Drill
- Jigsaw
- Pencil
- Tape measure
- Clamps
- Trucks and wheels and hardware
- Griptape
- Spray paint (if you want)

Set down a blanket or something when you are gluing and put your sheets of wood on top.
Glue the bottom sheet nice and evenly, spreading it with the brush/roller.
Remember its always better to use more glue than less.
Do this in a timely fashion as time is of the essence, you do not want your glue to dry on you! *Some glues dry faster than others*
Once you are done gluing your sheets, put the top sheet with the design on the very outside so you can see it. (see picture 3)

Put the glued sheets into your press making sure they are where they should be. Tighten down your bolts until you get the desired amount of concave (see press 1 option on page one)
Once the sheets are in the press tightened down, you can add some clamps to the areas lacking in pressure. Wipe off extra glue from your board so it does not get in the press.
Finally, leave your sheets overnight (at least 24 hours) and then take it out.
Your board should have concave too it, and it should be nice and solid. 
<p>really it is 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. thanks.</p>
Im planning on using your instructions to make a longboard this fall any changes to your instructions and do i need the vaccum bag to complete the longboard. Thanks though for the instructions so ready to make my diy longboard
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?<br>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.
<p>Short boards (36-38) are the best for sliding, and much easier to go fast on. Long Longboards are for cruising and stuff.</p>
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&quot;?
<p>10 inches wide by 38 inches long is a good dimension.</p>
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. <br> <br>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. <br> <br>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.<br>Contact me: bamboo.plywoods@gmail.com
<p>Hey, you still have that? Do you have a website or something? I want some bamboo deck wood.</p>
Hey, yes we r still importing plywoods, u can check our website or contact via email. Www.bambusowe.com Info@bambusowe.com
<p>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.</p>
<p>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. </p>
Sir how would I make the wood super strong
All bases well covered! Good job!
Thats sweet
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.
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? <br>My email is JoshuaWellborn@hotmail.com
Is it too late to add concave after the glue dries?
Its good
That is perfect for doing tricks I couldn't do an ally and now I can
Very sorry about that. It is very annoying.
Sorry about that computer went haywaire:[
Are you on silverfish longboarding?
Are you on silverfish longboarding?
Are you on silverfish longboarding?
Are you on silverfish longboarding?
What is the name of your board design? {If commercially available}
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
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<br><br>im 90 pounds and i can easily bottom out a board with 4 layers of wood and 2 fibreglass<br><br>also<br>more fibreglass will give the board a livelier flex<br>for the best flex use over 8 layers of fibreglass with epoxy resin instead of polyester resin<br>ps dont buy automotive fibreglass
8 layers of fiberglass? that would make the board rock solid, and very uncomfortable to ride.
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.
<br> Where about are you from? If your in the UK most timber companies sell birch plywood at various thickness.
Do you put arches in your boards<br>
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
<br><br>Where about are you from? If your in the UK most timber companies sell birch plywood at various thickness.
Do you have any advice of proper adjusting trucks when you don't have a center line anymore? Thanks.
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.

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