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At the beach I had seen people on long boards pushing themselves around with these big sticks. They looked pretty fun so I was interested in getting one. But after learning the price on these was $100 and up I decided to make one myself.

The end product works great and I think it looks pretty cool. So if you’re looking to have some fun for a fraction of the price, let’s get to it!

Step 1: What You Need

Picture of What You Need

Supplies you need:

  • 1¼” or 1½” wooden dowel – Home Depot has these
  • Vurtego pogo stick bounce pad – Vurtego sells these here: http://www.vurtegopogo.com/product/bounce-pad/ – you could also use a tennis ball or something similar but this looked and worked the best for me

  • Wood glue or 2 part epoxy

Tools you need:

  • Saw
  • Sanding block or power sander with sand paper
  • Drill
  • 1¼” or 1½” drill bit depending on the size of your wooden dowel
  • Dremel

Supplies you might need:

  • Plasti Dip – Home Depot carries this
  • Wood stain

WilliamB61 month ago
I love it. I had a friend who is a cabinet maker build me one a couple of years ago. Mine was made with a curly maple handle with a black walnut T handle. For the business end I used the wheels of a busted two wheel Razer scooter. I removed the bearings and replaced them with flat washers and through bolted them with 3/8" threaded rod cut to length. My niece uses it all the time now. She got a penny board for her birthday and then wanted to try Uncle Bill's longboard. I will try to post a picture.
It's great for braking on a downhill as well
jamiesumner563 months ago

I made one last night, only I used a lacrosse ball instead of the pogo pad.

jamiesumner563 months ago
What do you estimate is the total cost of materials? And do you think a tennis ball would be durable, and would it grip the pavement sufficiently? Obviously, not as well as the pogo pad
cbeatty11 year ago
Yeah I did a longboard event and saw those poles you were talking about,, 100 bucks or so. I was thinking of making one too, nice job and good choice on materials. I have seen the fake bamboo ones " ratan" furniture ones are supposed to be good too and have some flex to them, which gives you some more velocity. Over all you can't beat the price or the way you made it, good job! Like your board too. I heard dresser drawer fronts make good decks too. :)
travderose (author)  cbeatty11 year ago

I'll have to try the dresser drawer idea, that'd be sweet!

tpenninga1 year ago
Did you make your deck as well?
travderose (author)  tpenninga1 year ago

yea I did make the deck! Check it out: http://www.instructables.com/id/Vintage-Inspired-Skateboard/

laffinm1 year ago
Nice socks!
travderose (author)  laffinm1 year ago


colonelb31 year ago
Great instructable! I would love to make this! (I might need to get a skateboard first)
CarterBond1 year ago

You should try this with bamboo!

M3G1 year ago


I can't put my finger on exactly what makes this awesome, but it's awesome.

nizelprod1 year ago
dude this is gonna fit so good with my new wood board! thanks for the idea!

This is great - the intro photos are beautiful!