Made it at TechShop RDU- How to refurbish an Old Skateboard

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This is an Instructable on refurbishing an old skateboard. I did this at TechShop RDU in Raleigh, NC:

Also, here's my new Etsy page: 

I've had this skateboard since I was a child, and decided recently I was going to teach my dog to pull it on a harness while I ride it. Aim high...
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Step 1:

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First, disassemble it into its constituent parts. You won't need much more than a screwdriver and a wrench to clasp the bolt on the bottom. After that, strip off the old skid tape and any other pieces of tape, gum, etc. that might have attached over the years.

Step 2:

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Next, go over the laminate wood with low grit paper (here I'm using a Random Orbit Sander with 80 grit paper). If you don't have access to a random orbit, you can do the same by hand, but it will take a lot longer. You don't have to worry about following the grain until you get to smaller grits, as imperfections here will be smoothed out. When all the old gunk and dirt is sanded off, come back with first 150, and then 220 grit paper). Lastly, take the board over to the miter saw and take off a few inches from both ends, both to lighten it up a bit, and to prepare for the next step.

Step 3:

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Draw a light pencil line down the middle of the board as a reference mark. The next step is why I cut a few inches off each end, and why you need to find a TechShop in your area. I'm using a 60 watt Epilog Helix Laser Cutter/Engraver to put in an image I selected online (thanks to www.allthingsthrifty.com). Line the center of the board up with the image size in your program, check from various angles to make sure the image will appear even, and hit go. You can see the image starting to be produced in the last picture.

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Here are a few more pictures of the image being engraved into the board, as well as the final image.
MR..2 years ago
This is sick brother!! There's a deck I have that needs some love badly. This inspires me to do some rad stuff with my old decks!
RaleighBKV (author)  MR..2 years ago
Ha, thanks. I don't actually know how to skateboard, so do you have any advice on more stable wheels or something to help me balance while my dog pulls?
MR.. RaleighBKV2 years ago
Check out some longboard wheels.. (http://www.windwardboardshop.com/orangatang-in-heat-longboard-wheels-purple-75mm-83a.html) The biggest and fattest are what you're looking for. Also, check out getting some new trucks for your deck (http://www.warehouseskateboards.com/tracker-racetrack-s-stable-139mm-mid-polished-skateboard-trucks-8-axle-set-of-2).. That will definitely make your cruising more enjoyable!!
RaleighBKV (author)  MR..2 years ago
much appreciated
Here at the San Jose TechShop, we laser cut grip tape into intricate patterns. this way you won't have to truncate your deck.
RaleighBKV (author)  controlledwrinkles2 years ago
I was thinking about doing that. It wouldn't be too troublesome, since it's just on with artist's adhesive and isn't a permanent fixture.
Such a perfect fish-tail shape... awesome board and awesome project.

Thanks for sharing!

RaleighBKV (author)  GorillazMiko2 years ago
Thanks, it's always nice to take something falling apart and make something useful out of it.