Keyboard Skateboard

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Introduction: Keyboard Skateboard

About: I'm a full stack web developer focusing on security and privacy.

I was brainstorming with Randy on projects for the Mice and Keyboard Reuse Challenge and I thought of doing a keyboard skateboard! Randy showed me this had already been done. Randy was quick to also note that this project didn't actually work!

I was determined to make a working version of the Keyboard Skateboard out of an old keyboard and some parts!



Step 1: Supplies

For this you will need the following:
2 skateboard trucks
4 skate wheels + bearings
2 risers
1 2x4 piece of wood
1 old keyboard
8 wood screws

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Silver Paint

Step 2: Paint Your Wheels and Board

First i put a coat of nice silver paint on the board and wheels to give it that "Mac" look since i was using an old mac keyboard.

Step 3: Put the Wheels and Bearing on the Trucks

Next you want to put the bearings and the wheels on the skate trucks. The best way to do this is to put 2 bearings on, press as hard as you can on one side and then flip the wheel over and press the other side.

Once the bearings are inside the wheel, bolt it down tight enough so it doesn't come off, if the wheel doesn't spin well, loosen your bolt.

Step 4: Attaching the Trucks to the Wood

Next you screw the trucks into the wood, I used risers which is traditional on a skateboard, but probably unnecessary for this project. Make sure the trucks are lined up or you'll permanently turn :-)

Step 5: Glue the Keyboard to the Wood

Next glue the keyboard to the wood. I used gorilla glue and clamped it down for a few hours until it was dry.

Step 6: Add a Decal

Lastly get one of those sweet apple stickers from your new ipad 2 purchase and slap it on the bottom and you have your very own "iSkate"

Then go do some shreading!

Step 7: Final Thoughts

Although this skateboard does ride there are some improvements i would implement for version 2.0

First off, there is no way to do tricks on this board as there is no tail, some sort of tail would really help even trying to do an ollie.

Secondly, the 2x4 method works and is strong, but i could probably get away with using a 1/2" piece of plywood, i chose the 2x4 just to be safe so i wouldn't break the keyboard, but after riding, it's clear i need something lighter.


Hope you enjoyed this instructable!

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    Well that is one typing-ly cool skateboard! :)

    ...and for a what, i understand that was your keyboard but anyway that's stupid like make toilet paper from gold...

    and no i'mnot apple fanboy : )

    i dont mean to be the hater and i would love an explaination as to y im wrong but i think a mac keyboard would snap being that they're thin. secondly, youre board is too thick, and i think the keyboard would still snap. finally, ive done this, too. but if u spraypaint wheels, like i sprayed mine black, then, uh....

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    you could make a tail out of a magic trackpad

    make it a longboard with multiple keybeoards and I will make one too! nice build

    howabout making an actual skateboard deck like with the curves in the deck and then lay a keyboard on that. preferably one with grip :)

    wats the point lol?? dont disrespect apple. lol u should have used a cheap windows keyboard

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    A cheap windows keyboard would be destroyed with your first step on.
    It could be actually a proof that apple stuff is better :)

    I probably would have put a skateboard grip on the keyboard, then cut it so it's just on the keys. It must be pretty slippery!

    does the keyboard actually work?

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    Finally an actually good use for an apple product

    Uh, its too small...

    Well te high five isn't for you anyway :p

    Oh, I thought it was the random high five thing. My bunny can high five it...

    ROTFL, I'm sorry, I'm not laughing at your project, it's a really cool idea. But your thoughts... "the 2x4 method works and is strong" and "it's clear i need something lighter." just hit a funny bone. As an older boarder myself, I relate. I can't wait to see version 2.0, you have to do it now and you have to make another video.

    Given that the keyboard in question is totally useless for "typing", I commend you for coming up with something worthwhile.

    i think its unfair this was on the official instructibles youtube page during a contest

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    no worries, by being staff i can't win anything!