Introduction: Laser Cut Longboard
This is how to laser cut your own mini-longboard out of wood!
1. 1/8th inch wood, 2 pieces of 18x24"
2. Fiberglass cloth/epoxy resin
3. Longboard trucks and wheels
Step 1: Get the Wood and Create Your Design!
Firstly you have to design your board in a vector editing file. I personally used CorelDraw, and included my files if you are a fan of the design of my board. Make sure that the size of your board does not exceed the size of your laser cutting bed.
Step 2: Laser Cut Your Pieces!
Toss the wood into the laser cutter and cut out the wood. You will need to engrave and cut two of the pieces, and then just cut the other two pieces which will be the inner layers (since our board will be 4 layers). You might want to use a different type of wood for the core, but I didn't feel the need to.
Step 3: Glue the Board Together and Stain It!
I glued the pieces together using a fast-acting epoxy from the dollar store, but you could definitely use wood glue as well. Make sure to let it set for a good long while.
You can choose to stain the board however you'd like, or even leave it unstained. If you do decide to stain, dab the wood with the stain lightly, and the stain should go to the engraving but not past it, which gives the nice clean lines you see on the board. Do both sides of the board.
Step 4: Fiberglass the Board
This step will provide much greater strength and will also waterproof your board. If you feel like your board will be strong enough, you could just coat the board in epoxy resin to seal it from water, or even polyurethane it.
Coat the wood with the resin, then quickly place the fiberglass sheet onto it, then put more resin on the other side of the glass. There are plenty of youtube videos out there for this, such as:
Finally, you will want to seal the sides that aren't covered by fiberglass, so I just coated those in resin as well.
Step 5: Drill Holes, Mount Trucks!
After waiting for the fiberglass to dry, your deck is complete. Now you want to drill the holes into your board! If I had to do it again, I would measure out my mounting hardware and then just have the lasercutter cut the holes for the screws, since of course the lasercutter is always going to be more exact than manually measuring it.
Either way, measure out very carefully where you want your wheels to go, then drill the holes. Make sure to countersink the screws (drill partway down with the radius of the screwhead), so that they get that nice flush look you see in the pictures. Once the holes are drilled, you can go ahead and mount your wheels! I'd recommend mounting the wheels fairly close to the ends of your board so that you don't tip over while riding.
Step 6: All Done!
There's no time to sit back and relax when you have a brand new mini longboard to ride around, so get going and enjoy your board!