Introduction: How to Make a Snowboard!

Picture of How to Make a Snowboard!

Its snowing heavily in england (5th january). and... im off work. so I thougth I might have a go at making a snow board. To start off, its not a professional board, but works pretty good!

Be safe as this is a home made snow board
and Have fun riding the snow....

Step 1: What You Will Need:

You will need.
Hard board ( atleast 1m X .06m )
5 minute epoxy or a wood glue
Paper and a printer (to print off the template)
Old shoes (the correct size for your feet)
4 cross head screws


shoe laces

Tools you will need:

A Plain
smooth sand paper
A hand saw
Cross headed Screw driver

Step 2: Template

Picture of Template

You will need, hard board, a saw, a pencil and a printer.

First print out the Microsoft word document and cut around the edges of the black outline to make the template. Like shown in picture one.
Next put the template on the hardboard and draw around it. 
I would recommend you cut a rectangular piece around the template, to make the size easier to work with.

Step 3: Cut It Out

Picture of Cut It Out

One you have draw the template on to the hardboard cut it out. You should use a small hand saw or even a hack saw.

Follow the lines carefully, and take it slow.... I sound like a surf
Next plain and sand down the edges until they are nice and smooth
Tip: You will be making two of these, but on one of the keep the smooth side of the hard board smooth eg. dont sand it.
You finished result should look like picture 1

Repeat this process twice

Step 4: Joining the Two and Creating the Profile

Picture of Joining the Two and Creating the Profile

For this step you will need something heavy, about 2 kg +. (books etc.) and 5 minute epoxy or a wood glue

First apply epoxy to not one of the smooth sides of your board. (you will have to work quickly if using epoxy)
Next join the two together and then place and item underneath each end measuring 3 cm tall.
 then place 'something heavy' about 10 cm from each end. At this point it should look like picture 3.

Let it cure and you end result should look like picture  2

Step 5: Putting the Boots On

Picture of Putting the Boots On

For this step you will need 4 cross head screws, your old shoes and a screw driver

First position you shoes to a easy position for you to stand up in.
Next drill pilot holes for the screws (remove the sole of the shoe first). Try and place a screw at the heal and near the middle.
Then pick screws that are the correct length, so they must  not come out the bottom of the board, but they should go in to the board.
When you have screwed, 2 screws in each shoes put the soles back in.

And..... they you have It!

Step 6: Others Options

Picture of Others Options
holderave now made some modifications to the board which are:

Shoe holder

I will also be creating another board, better made etc. If I have the time

How to varnish

Buy some oil based varnish that can protect wood from water and mostiure.
Read the instructions on the tin to get the correct result, you will only need to put this on the top as the bottom side of hardboard is plastic coated. It may help if you put it along he edges.


Step 7: Shoe Holders

Picture of Shoe Holders

For this step you will need: shoe laces and a drill.
I came up with this design after using the board and finding how it handled.
The shoe holder allows you to steer, but if caught in a crash allow some give so you don't flex with the board.

First draw an out line around your shoe, on the board. Next drill 4 holes, 2 at the front 2 at the back 2 inches apart like picture 2.
Next, thread an equal length of lace in the front two holes, then cross them other to the opposite side at the back holes, finally bring them back up again and tie a bow.


spencdood (author)2015-01-24

i tried this with a skateboard........i just put plastic on the bottom of the deck.....would all this work if i did that to it

spencdood (author)spencdood2015-01-24

i mean its put a good edge on it but im kinda questionimg the effects....

basicLaser (author)2013-01-26

In england we don't really have any serious winter sports, this is just for fun. Our country doesn't know how to handle snow at all :D Everything stops even when there's just a little bit, nobody drives . I did this by taking the wheels off of my longboard, its more just about fun in england. :)

Guitarmanandy (author)2011-12-10

where abouts do you put the books underneath and how does it work ?????
Great instructable anyway...
Thanks :-D

oeskor (author)2011-12-01

I don't want to be mean or anything but it's not going to work... You'll just fall over every time you try to ride it because a) it's WAY too small and b) it doesn't have this snow-cutting iron edge under it so you'll be like on ice. I'm sorry but it is a quite perfect if you want to make a fool of yourself and want to get used to falling. Or maybe snowboarding in England is like sledding - you don't need any skill whatsoever and you just try to have fun.

harry potter rules (author)2011-08-31

could you use an extra strong adhesive
very very very strong

craven1599 (author)2010-08-06

Maybe to get your riding legs under you before taking the plunge and dropping $800 on gear... But uh... a couple of short points: 1. You might break your ankles 2. Lifteys will hit you up for bribes 3. ski patrol will escort you to your car 4. It might be easier to just buy a board off craigs(seen whole setups for $50) 5. most commercially available lumber products don't have the characteristics you want. (pop, and flex combined with rigidity and durability) But... hey, an hour or so and $20 at the hardware store and you got a nice practice deck. small children are resilient, they could use this for a winter and get the idea in the yard if you got a hill and they'll appreciate edges when they see them too.

G-force777 (author)craven15992011-01-20

yeah id have to agree, and im a ski patroller in colorado



hey, im a junior patroller there!

yeah me too, pretty sure pip would kill anyone with one of these


lock (author)2010-02-16

This looks like it would be fun enough, but it would be nothing like an actual snowboard. It dosent look like you have any metal edges, so turning in anything other than really deep soft light powder would be really hard and even in good conditions your feet are hanging off the sides. If you were to turn you would dig in your heels or toes and crash. This is an interesting idea, but in order for it to operate like a snowboard in any way shape or form there would have to be some serious improvements.

rlnbkseeberger (author)lock2011-01-24

you could put a section of metal in between the two boards, then you have edges!

G-force777 (author)2011-01-20

uh id have to enforce whats been said. im a ski patroller in colorado, and if i saw this youd be taken to the med room on a snowmobile and checked for frostbite broken ankles and etc. and then sent home or to the ski shop

EncasedDeath (author)2010-01-07

very cool. i love snowboarding. i prefer real store boughten boards. its not a Burton but it will work. i might make one and ride on small hills that arent suitable for an expensive board.
i would add this as a favorite but im not a pro member.

since when did u have to be a pro to favorite?

idk but wen i hit favorite it pops up and says pro membership is needed.

darn that stinks

yeah ik

teapotking (author)EncasedDeath2010-10-27

yeah, it's only if you joined after about the end of 2007 that you need a pro membership, if you joined before then there's no huge difference between pro and standard (luckily I joined in 2007 ^_^)

quesoman (author)EncasedDeath2010-03-02

I can fav stuff too.

I can favorite just fine.

lucky i havent been able to favorite since i became a member

It's kind off a thing about how long you are a member on this site. It seems that people who became members in 2007-2008 or earlier can still favorite and do other stuff like people with pro-membership.This is because back then you didn't need to be pro to do that stuff. Normally these rights should have been taking away but I guess some mods missed them. Well lucky them :D

I can't favorite anything...

lol yes they are lucky.

zgenius (author)2010-08-15

hey i checked with my local lowes is there any alternative to hardboard?

oscarthompson (author)zgenius2010-08-15

You could use marine ply wood but it may not form the shape aswell. All though it might work. Your hardware store should sell hardboard? Thanks Oscar

Barrett M107 50cal. (author)2010-01-30

I love this Im a big snowboarder and if i break one thats $150-300 bucks laying on the snow.  This gives me the same quality only much much much cheaper and i can design my own ideas

dude! I'm a rider and have a lot of big buddies and trust me, they make boards for you. If you break them you're a champ! I'd suggest a Never summer, they used to have a bunch of posters with the tip and tail touching in a press... they return to their orig. shape and still ride. this would make a cool project but it's not the "same" quality. just sayin...

Allonsy (author)2010-07-18

i would either get shorter shoes or make the board wider, i mean, theres like 10cm of shoe sticking out the front! serious wipeout if you even attempted to turn. also, i have a feeling you'd start getting cold very quickly in those shoes, they dont look very waterproof, and thirdly, it would be better to get high top shoes like combats or some sort of firm boot, otherwise turning would be very complicated. otherwise nice idea.

Karletto555 (author)2010-02-22

hardboards are not ment for outdoor use. i suggest you use plywood instead. it is stronger and  moisture/ water is not a problem.

PyroMaster007 (author)2010-01-13

Snowboarding.... ahh the art. I am definatley thinking about making this.

By fiber board, what do u meant?

luvit (author)2010-01-12

i tried it once or twice.  i never got off the bunny slopes.

h.calvin720 (author)2010-01-09

 I would make the board wider because as has been mentioned carving would be pretty risky. It would probably be a good idea to add a thin sheet of sheet metal (easily picked up at your local hardware store) between the two layers of wood. Also, if you had to screw the shoes to the board I would suggest that you use bolts and nuts instead. Drill a hole in the bottom of the board large enough so that the nut will sit flush with the bottom of the board. Overall a great idea. Next snow I'm making one.

whackpak (author)2010-01-09

Make the wood wet. Fit it into shape and let it dry and the shape will be kept by the wood. (maybe this is for certain types of wood, I don't know!)

WhatULive4 (author)2010-01-07

I appreciate the effort, but there are some safety concerns.  By saying "it works pretty good", means it is almost like a regular snowboard.

That looks like it would break very quickly.  Also, I would never use a board where my toes/heels hang off of the edge (think about carving, your toes/heels would dig into the snow and make you crash).  I recommend putting a warning at the beginning at least.  You are just looking for trouble!

Fishpail (author)WhatULive42010-01-07

I agree with snowmanb (that rhymed when I read that)

You will get seriously injured for this, I`m all for people carelessly getting themselves injured, but when others are involved, that`s where I pull to a stop.
Burton did this (if I recall correctly) and they tested them themselves and it still took a long while before a safer consumer model was released.

As I say, you wouldnt repaint the sistine chapel.

Also since I'm not going to deter ANYONE by my comments, if you're going to do this, you should at least get some proper measurements.
Based on this person's shoe size the board appears to be much too short and definitely too thin. And wear a helmet, please!

WhatULive4 (author)Fishpail2010-01-07

Ditto on the helmet.  Even on small hills you can catch an edge and get a concussion.  Happened to my friend the first time he went snowboarding.

jessyratfink (author)2010-01-07

 Ah, see, the one time I thought about snowboarding, I just took the wheels and trucks off a skateboard. This seems like a much better solution! :D

lemonie (author)2010-01-07

Have you had a chance to use it?!


oscarthompson (author)lemonie2010-01-07

Yes today, I found that the shoes need to be really lose to get in quicky. I didn't take and photos, sorry.
Im working on a strap so you can put you actual shoes in witch i will post soon.


lemonie (author)oscarthompson2010-01-07

Well, hurry up before it all melts.............


oscarthompson (author)lemonie2010-01-07

Yes, I have worked on the straps, had some prototypes and have now just finished them. I have also varnished the board.


lemonie (author)oscarthompson2010-01-07

Yes you'll need varnish, fibreboard doesn't like moisture...


ilpug (author)2010-01-07

 ive done this before using fiberglass and two pieces of thin plywood. created the raised ends with boat clamps
it was a bit weak so i strengthened it with aluminum.
i put old rollerblade boots on it and it works great... i even had it at the ski resort.

but this is great if you just have a bit of snow and want to mess around.

bbas8 (author)2010-01-07

Cool idea.  just been talking about boarding today.  Think i'd need to use 3 or 4 layers of board though as i'm a slim :-? 15 st

About This Instructable




Bio: I like to make instructables which are fun to build or make. I'm interested in bikes, science and rowing. send me a message if ... More »
More by oscarthompson:Make a stage! - With roll out bed!Duct Tape Hammock!Simple Marquee lights
Add instructable to: