Make a Sweet Longboard

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Introduction: Make a Sweet Longboard

This instructable is how to make a longboard of professional quality. When my friends saw mine they thought it was store bought until i told them. it is also a cheap alternative to the high priced ones that you can buy. I spent around $40 for everything and it was the best money i ever spent and saved me a few hundred too! This one is made in a way that is different than others that make it stronger and better fitting.

Step 1: Materials


The first step is to gather materials:

wood glue, or gorilla glue wood work great!
jig saw
clamps
wheels and trucks (can be bought on ebay for around $20)
drill and bits
chalk line (optional)
stain, or paint
grip tape

Step 2: Cut Wood


in this step, cut the wood into 1"x4" rectangles, you will need three of these to make your longboard, be sure to cut along and across the grain. you will see why later on.

Step 3: Glue It All Together


in this step, you will glue it all together. Use wood glue or gorilla glue to do this, first lay one piece of plywood down, making sure it is the piece is the one with the grain going along the long part of the wood, lay glue down and spread evenly. Do this to the second sheet(the one with the grain going parallel to the short side of the piece) and lay them on top of each other so glue on both sides are touching. Do this to the third piece and then clamp and add weights. You want to compress it enough so that glue will squeeze out the sides use weights or whatever you have on hand. Let dry overnight. notice how i bent my long board. you have to do this while the glue is wet, and this is why this is the best way to make long boards, because you can adjust the curve and shape it the way you want, which you cant do with a normal piece of wood alone.

Step 4: Cutting It Out

Now that the glue has dried, take off the clamps, and lay the now solid board on the saw horse. i made a template for my design, but you can either choose to do that or lay a long board on its front and trace it on the board. Either way works, and you can make it any shape you want pretty much, as long as you mark a center line, that will come in handy later. Use the jig saw to cut out what you outlined. once it has been cut out, use the sander to smooth out the edges and surface.

Step 5: Sanding and Painting

Now that the board is cut out, it is time to sand it smooth. Sand everywhere and especially make sure edges are smooth. Now it is ready to be painted! you can do whatever you want for this! i sometimes like seeing the grain so i stain it, but also you can use all purpose spray paint or normal paint. Use painters tape if you want to make nice stripes or clean edges. If you are going to stain it, if you want to, iron-ons work well on wood, so you could print on an iron on, then iron it on the board for a cool decal, i did one of a sun as you could see in the very first picture! have fun with it and be creative!

Step 6: Attatching the Wheels and Riding!!

finally it is time to add the wheels. First thing you have to do is find the center line of the board, if you did not do this start by measuring the width in a few places, and putting a mark in the middle. Connect all these dots with a line and that is your center line. When you get your trucks from ebay, measure the width of the trucks and mark the middle of the trucks with a marker. Do this to both trucks. The front of the front trucks are about 4 inches from the top, and the back of the back trucks are about 7 or 8 inches from the bottom. Set the trucks where they need to go, and use them as a template to mark the holes for the bolts, mark the holes, then drill the hole, all 8 of them. Bolt on the trucks, then attach the bearing and wheels. You have just made a long board, go out and ride it!!! i have made about 5 so far, and none have ever come close to breaking and each one is unique, even my brother made his own that he uses! now go and make your own! oh and when riding put your dominate foot in front, push with other, then put both feet on so they are perpendicular to the centerline, have fun and be safe!

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    All longboards can get wheel bite. However, usually top mount decks do get wheel bite easier. If you are trying to avoid wheel bite, I recommend a drop through longboard. But if you have your heart set on a top mount, I'd get riser pads and have a deck that has a downhill shape.

    to me it looks like it would pretty bad. Of course he doesnt give good views of the longboard to know for sure.

    Where could i fin some good plywood to make a wheel cut-out deck. wood that has good quality and is possibly local in rohnert park, CA

    Hey . Nice Instructable .
    me from India .
    i am trying to make this but here i am little confused about wheels .i have no wheels . and i don't want to purchase it through Ebay .. i will purchase it from local market of my town . so i want to know specific name of this wheels . and specific size .
    thanks in advance

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    get skate wheels, hyper rolo they are 70mm 81a. they cost bout 2200/- in Mumbai

    haha ..thanks for replying after 4 years :)

    But now I am in Berlin and it is super easy to buy one from local shop .. but anyways THANKS .

    So you'll normally get to different shaped wheels..
    1. Narrow tread with rounded edges:
    http://www.skatehut.co.uk/acatalog/Refreshfluomix250.jpg
    2. Wide tread with a 'squared' edge:
    http://www.skatehut.co.uk/acatalog/ojwheelscreaturerast300.jpg

    Look for option 2 wheels, that are 60mm or higher and that the hub fits your trucks. They'll be fairly similar to rollerskate wheels but different to rollerblade wheels.

    Not sure if it's the same, but I remember Rollerblade wheels coming in different densities, the softer wheels give a more comfortable ride, more grip but wear down faster than the harder wheels.

    Most wheels are made of polyurethane of varying hardness, and there are (dis)advantages either way you go.

    As you said, softer wheels give you a more comfortable ride, and wear down faster. They also allow you to roll over rocks easier and grip your rolling surface better. They also increase friction, so you won't go quite as fast.

    The harder wheels, have less friction so they give you less grip and make it more likely that when you hit a pebble you'll keep going but your board wont. They also take longer to wear down.

    It's all trade-offs, and it's fairly hard to know what you really want until you actually ride. Just play around, have fun, and be safe!

    how long did it take you to make the board

    how long did it take you to bend the board? were you letting the glue dry at the same time? and how many layers of 1/8'' BB would i need for someone who is 180? thanks

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    I'm about 170lbs... I think 2 layers of 1/8 should work fine...right? I hope?

    What type of wood did you use?

    hi, im guessing youre pretty new to lonboard building? well dont use that crap 3/16 wood from home depot or menards. you need a good quality baltic birch 1/8" thick to make a decent board. you should also use titebond III to glue your boards, it is the best quality one.

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    A very good place to get wood is from roarockit.com. They actually specialize in longboard/skateboard wood.

    try searching for lumber sellers in your area, call or check their website to see if they carry 1/8" BB(baltic birtch) it can take some searching and investigating. its usually a local business that carries this kind of wood, look for woodworking stores as well, they carry a large variety of woods. dont give up,it just takes some investigative work

    Also for the grip tape, you can use epoxy and clear sand (use sand according to how much grip you want) you can also use this same trick with some cloth to make cloth designs.

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    or use broken glass filtered through a window screen epoxied to the deck

    could you add a picture from the side to see how much curve you have in this board. good ible