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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!



 
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Step 1: Supplies

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!
you could make a tail out of a magic trackpad
PhalanX52 years ago
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 :)
jgfresh3 years ago
wats the point lol?? dont disrespect apple. lol u should have used a cheap windows keyboard
PlopX jgfresh3 years ago
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!
00bunge003 years ago
does the keyboard actually work?
wamj3 years ago
Finally an actually good use for an apple product
stsvolga23 years ago
Biggsy3 years ago
Brilliant!

High five for you
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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.
Treknology3 years ago
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
frenzy (author)  sillyzombie6663 years ago
no worries, by being staff i can't win anything!
THEN WHY ENTER? lol but ya i am actually tempted to make this
frenzy (author)  sillyzombie6663 years ago
I enter to inspire users like you in ways you could only imagine.

*cue shooting star*
the more your know lol. ya stuff like this always makes me wants to build more stuff, hell i just built a necklace out of an old ipod shuffle motherboard
Reminds me of this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKNGGfcPipQ
astroboy9073 years ago
Skeyboard?
abyrvalg3 years ago
nice stuff)
jensenr303 years ago
cool!
Kiteman3 years ago
You could make the tail from a separate number pad, or (to stick with the iTheme), use a dead/fake iPhone.

Oh! Lightbulb moment!

Make the laminated version, as suggested by przem, and make the tail a flat box with a clear, acetate or polycarbonate top-side, into which you slide a real iPhone, then you can create an app which will use the phone's accelerometers to record your moves and display them in some cool, graphical manner.

Or maybe an app that adds sound effects to your moves...

aznbenn Kiteman3 years ago
That would be really really cool
riot53 years ago
The next one should definitely have a mousepad for the tail.
iSk8 =)
przem3 years ago
Looks cool :-)

Maybe cover the top of the keyboard with a layer of epoxy resin to make it more durable. Or maybe go high-tech and laminate the keyboard with layers of fibreglass, then wood will be not necessary.

TSC3 years ago
Nice!
randofo3 years ago
Version two should be bolted to a thick steel plate, preferably with non-slip treads on the bottom. That would look super ninja.
hafsteinn3 years ago
This is so cool.

Go team keyboard! :)