I love the look of old vintage skateboards and have always wanted one for myself. I particularly like the Roller Derby #10, the first skateboard ever to be sold. But these are hard to come by, expensive, and not really that rideable. So I figured why not recreate the Roller Derby #10 with modern trucks, wheels, and bearings so it has that vintage look but can still be ridden. So that's exactly what I did and you can too! So let's get to it...
Please know that if you're interested in purchasing one of these from me, check out the etsy listing here.
Step 1: Things You'll Need
Supplies You'll Need:
- a plank of wood
- white spray primer
- red spray paint
- spray clear coat
- a "Roller Derby #10 Skate Board" vinyl stencil (You'll need a vinyl cutter to make this stencil or contact me and I can probably make one and send it to you)
- Trucks (I used these 3" Penny trucks)
- Wheels (I used these wheels because they look like metal wheels which were used on the original Roller Derby #10)
- Bearings (Use whatever you prefer)
- Skateboard bolts and locknuts (can be found at most hardware stores)
Tools You'll Need:
- power sander
- sand paper
- drill with drill bit
Step 2: Cut Your Deck
The Roller Derby #10 has a deck size of about 19" long by 4 1/2" wide. The plank of wood I had is about 5 1/4" wide so I decided to leave it there because I though it would fit better with the size of my trucks and wheels. I also made it a few inches longer at 21".
Use a compass to mark off a semi circle for the nose of the board. I also rounded the corners on the tail.
After cutting, sand the entire board to your liking.