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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

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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 2: Cutting and Sanding

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The first step is to cut 3 wood planks to your desired board length. I cut mine to about 30" long.

I then took my power sander and throughly sanding down all the edges and corners. I did this just because I think it gives it a better look when the planks are all glued together and the edges are sanding down. It's personal preference I guess.

Step 3: Adding Strength to your Board

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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.

lukecruzstagg9 months ago

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

lukecruzstagg9 months ago

could i use wooden dowels to make the kick tail?

EriIsaacson11 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)  EriIsaacson11 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)  EriIsaacson11 months ago

I used 8.5" gullwing trucks with 61mm arbor wheels

JaridP9 months ago

could i do tricks on this

BrianJewett10 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.

chill3811 months ago
That's sick dude! How long did it take and dose it last a long time?
travderose (author)  chill3811 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

Rockitalk11 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)  Rockitalk11 months ago

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

CalebScott12 months ago
awesome man. check out me
rhart912 months ago
Omg this is so cool! I think I'm gonna make this for my sister! Thanks! And btw your really cute (:
justintime199812 months ago
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)  justintime199812 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

Darthorso12 months ago

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


dancingowl12312 months ago
Nice job! It's awesome!
doodlecraft12 months ago

Wow, super cool! :)

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kvasche12 months ago
Cool, mate!
A_C12 months ago

赞!i'm impressed of your creation!