My Red Oak Longboard





Introduction: My Red Oak Longboard

Decided to make a solid red oak board, needless to say it has NO flex, which I kind of like. It is a solid board and a bit on the heavy side, but it has a really smooth ride. All in all I think it is a great board. Also I did all the work on the board including the pattern, cutting, planing, sanding, staining, etc.

I went with red oak because of the look (I wanted to see a prominent wood grain, and the color of the wood), the lack of flex as flex boards make me very uncomfortable, and durability. As for the pattern on the back I intend to, at one point, paint the inside of the Fleur De Lis gold as I am a saints fan(hence the inspiration of my design).

Wheels are 75mm 80a Orangatang Durians with Redz bearings

Trucks are Randal's 180MM, 50 Deg.

Board is 39.5" long.



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    I'm making something like this, but i gotta know. how thick is it? And how thin has it gotta be to get some flex?

    so this is pretty thick, 3/4 inch to be exact. 1/2 inch would have flex, but before buying trucks, wheels etc. I highly recommend propping the 1/2" board on 2 pieces of 2x4's(about where you want to put trucks) and jumping on the middle of the board to insure it will not break.

    Also finding 1/2 inch thick red oak boards is hard, and pay close attention to the wood grain. If you look at the end of the board you will see the grain, make sure it looks kind of like this:

    / / // // // ////\\\\ \ \\ \\ \\\ \ \

    and not like:

    //// ////// ////// // // //// // // / / / /

    Awesome job! In my shop class right now I'm making a long board. It has an oak core, then two stripes of walnut, then oak, then wide pieces of walnut. Gonna use an expensive epoxy on it tomorrow, and hopefully post some pics.

    Sounds pretty awesome can't wait too see it!

    All done with trucks on, just gotta find a cam!

    Pretty neat, sounds like you put a lot of work into it.

    Me and my best friend just unclamped it after letting the glue dry. We used Titebond III and it is amazingly strong. Ran it through the planer about 30 times and its flat and smooth. Gotta run in through a few more times to get it smaller, but it's coming along! Next week I'll plane it more, cut it, drill the truck holes, and maybe wood-burn the design in the bottom!

    And plus my shop teacher flaked on our class and quit, so the sub got glue. That's why it took so long.

    HEy thanks for answering smileys!! Nice advice you are giving me here :)

    Ok so since this is my first board (I made some mistakes of course, lol) My widest part of the board is about 1/3 away from tail (not nose... I was totally a begginner when I was making this so that is why I accidently made that mistake)

    Anyways I do know how to skate (not an expert lol) I have like a semi-longboard (if that is what you call it). It´s a very fat board and about 33¨...
    The board I bought have risers in the trucks as well as notches.

    The one I am making now does not have notches so I am just going to get some risers for the trucks... And also I normally have my trucks rather tight than loose so I will be fine with this wheel bite...

    And finally, do you recommend me going to a local store to buy a pair of trucks and wheels or to rather buy them online? How big should they be? Like 76 mm? I have seen a large variety of prices but I am looking in the range of $30-60...

    Thanks again for answering :)