Along the way I will point out my follies in the creation of this last deck so you may create a work of art that well exceeds mine!
Now there are a few preference points that you will need to decide on as you start your design -
- Deck purpose, is it a sliding deck, bombing deck, or a cruising deck?
- depending on the purpose of the deck depends on the length and will alter your overall design.
- sliding would look more like what i am making now, and between 34"-36", bombing 40"-41" and cruising can be short (like a fish board) or long (like a pin tail)
*Now ^ this is all preference to how you ride and you are free to try your own designs and i recommend looking at companies designs and purposes of boards to refine your design.
These are my two finished boards!
Step 1: On to the Building!
- Ply Wood ( We used BC plywood and for the slider we used Red Oak, NOTE: the BC worked better.
- Tight Bond 3 Wood Glue(Its good stof!)
*- Fiberglass Mesh ( We used screen material, it doesn't add enough to be needed, feel free to try different inlay materials and give me feed back on your results!) -* Optional Material!
- Tape Mesure
- Clamps ( I have 12)
- Rasp ( for cleaning up and shaping the board)
- Sand paper ( I used 220)
Step 2: Continue!
Mesure Twice - Cut Once!!
Your design might change a little as you go, be flexible and fix what problems are thrown at you, and if you get stressed while working STOP AND EAT and come back to it after.
Step 3: Glue Time
And use as many clamps as you can! the more pressure the better!
Leave the Board to dry in clamps for 24 hours.
Step 4: Start the Shaping!
This is where cutting and shaving will be a pain so take breaks and eat food!
and after you drill the holes sand the top and bottom so its all clean or you will get spots in your stain.
Step 5: Stain and Lacker
Have a ventilated area for the staining process.
Read your Stains instructions, mine said it needs 8 hours to dry.
One layer was enough for our tastes, so we went onto the clear Polyurethane Lacker, go with the ultra fast dry time, its and extra 2$ and saves about 30 minutes . . . i got impatient.
Once the Lacker has dried give it a nice sanding before a second coat is applied, and i recommend a second coat.