Roller Derby #10 Look-a-Like Vintage Skateboard

Picture of Roller Derby #10 Look-a-Like Vintage Skateboard
_MG_1621 - Version 2.jpg

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.

Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Things You'll Need

Picture of 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:

  • Jigsaw
  • power sander
  • sand paper
  • drill with drill bit
  • screwdriver

Step 2: Cut Your Deck

Picture of 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.

i cant find the "roller derby" logo anywere
Air_Assassin8 months ago

My friend has the real thing, and got it for 5$.

Air_Assassin8 months ago

My friend has the real thing, and got it for 5$.

mjmatatula8 months ago
nice! i'm going to try to make this, but then with rollerskate trucks and wheels...can you make a vid of how it rides?
cam.nc10 months ago

what type of wood did you use?

raffinant10 months ago

Great Job! About how thick was the board itself?

travderose (author)  raffinant10 months ago

about 3/4"

spendew11 months ago
I'm probably gonna make one of these, but i don't know if I'm gonna paint it like that or at all
hailey78411 months ago
Homemade and updo ones r good but I went to ebay and out of a lot of em was 400+ dollars but I found. Few Roller Derby # 10 vintage skateboards very cheap.
ahauta11 months ago
I love it so much! I want to try it myself.
KRA5H12 months ago

"and not really that rideable" The steel (or clay) wheels were terrible! if they ran into the smallest of pebbles you got stopped dead in your tracks and you flew of the front of the board. Those old-timey trucks weren't very maneuverable either so, it was harder to steer around those road rash causing pebbles.

travderose (author)  KRA5H12 months ago

Ha yea that's what I hear! Glad I got modern technology

seamster12 months ago

Very nice! I thought you'd just apply a white vinyl decal on top of the red paint, but this way is so much better. I really need to get a vinyl cutter!

travderose (author)  seamster12 months ago

yea I thought about that but I figured the vinyl would probably peel right off

Nice job! It looks awesome!