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To be fair, I largely got the idea for this skateboard from Rockitalk and his skid board. I really liked his idea so I took it and made it my own: slightly modifying it and putting my own spin on it. It's really fun to ride this thing around town, you get a lot of questions about it. I love it because it looks awesome and you can actually use it and ride it! So if you're looking for the same thing, lets get to it...

If you're interested, this board is now for sale on etsy here.

 
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Step 1: What You Need

Picture of What You Need

Supplies You Need:

  • 1/2" thick and 2 1/2" wide maple wood planks
  • Skate trucks, wheels, bearings, risers
  • about 2" long metal rods

Tools You Need:

  • Hand/power saw
  • Wood glue
  • Power drill
  • Power sander
  • clamps
  • compass
  • tape measure
  • ruler
  • cutter/scraper
  • wood stain

Step 3: Adding Strength to your Board

I wanted to make sure my board was strong enough to actually ride everyday. To do this I hid metal metal rods in between the planks. To do this, drill a hole into one side of one plank and another hole directly across into another plank. Repeat this twice for each seam in between the planks. Place and glue your metal rods into one of the planks. The photos probably display this easier than I can explain it.

I've been looking for a design like this for ages glad to finally find i

could i use wooden dowels to make the kick tail?

EriIsaacson4 months ago

I'm wondering where exactly you got the 1/2" thick boards and the rods? Went out looking for supplies yesterday and all I could find was 3/4" inch thick which seemed way too thick and not a single type of metal rod? This is something that I would love to make being both a photographer (for a great vintage prop) and a college student (to avoid the hikes the class) Thanks!

Actually, normally old wooden shipping pallets have the perfect sized wood. And theyre usually cheap or free to get. Also, you can use wooden dowels instead of metal rods and glue them in when you attach the boards together.

travderose (author)  EriIsaacson4 months ago

I had to go to a lumber supply store to get the 1/2" thick boards. Home Depot should carry the metal rods, you might need to cut them down though

Sounds good. I also noticed the wheels aren't standard skateboard wheels so I'm wondering what trucks and wheels you used?

travderose (author)  EriIsaacson3 months ago

I used 8.5" gullwing trucks with 61mm arbor wheels

JaridP2 months ago

could i do tricks on this

BrianJewett3 months ago

A little design warning for you. Rounding the edges of the boards before gluing them together will make for a much weaker glue joint by reducing the bondable surface to about 2/3 or even 1/2 of what it would be if they are left square. The little grove between the boards might look good but it creates a stress focusing line which will give the board a place to crack at much lower stresses than if it were an even thickness all the way across.

chill384 months ago
That's sick dude! How long did it take and dose it last a long time?
travderose (author)  chill384 months ago

Didn't take too long, finished it in under a week between work and school. It's been holding up great so far, haven't had any problems with durability

Rockitalk4 months ago

Good stuff man! Love seeing that we inspired you to make a deck like this.

Hope you voted for us in the Pallet contest ;)

travderose (author)  Rockitalk4 months ago

Yea thank you for your instructable! And I voted for you when I first saw your deck, hands down my favorite!

CalebScott4 months ago
awesome man. check out me
rhart94 months ago
Omg this is so cool! I think I'm gonna make this for my sister! Thanks! And btw your really cute (:
This is very cool! I want to make one, for the metal rods did you have to force them tightly in the hole or just kinda snug and glue it?
travderose (author)  justintime19984 months ago

I made the holes slightly larger than the metal rods (just to give me some room for error when lining them up) and glued them

Darthorso4 months ago

Main photo looks like the cover of an old film :)

Nice!

dancingowl1234 months ago
Nice job! It's awesome!
doodlecraft4 months ago

Wow, super cool! :)

BikeHacker4 months ago

Nice!

kvasche4 months ago
Cool, mate!
A_C4 months ago

赞!i'm impressed of your creation!