Introduction: Wake Skate Jig - Step One of Making a Wake Skate.

Making a simple jig to make a wake skate.

UPDATE: Wake skate construction here: https://www.instructables.com/id/Wake_skate_construction_Step_two/

Step 1: Tools & Supplies

This project requires cutting lengths of wood of just over 1m in length. Power tools are recommended but for the more patient of wood workers hand tools will suffice.
I used a band saw, circular (table) saw, hand saw, belt sander, electric plane drill press and an electric screwdriver. You will need some screws and nails and wood glue.

Step 2: Design

I did some research on the web using the following sites:

http://www.wakeskating.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2317

http://waterdancing.blogspot.com/2007/07/build-wakeskate-from-scratch.html

http://www.ehow.com/how_2081891_build-wake-skate.html

http://forums.wakeoutlaws.com/t1015.html

http://forums.wakeboarder.com/viewtopic.php?p=98708&sid=2e09a927420901b231cabe8b291b01dc

And following some links on those sites.

I decided on what I believe to be a two stage rocker with dimensions of the board being 1000mm in length 375mm width and 174 tip and tail width with an approximate 50mm rocker. I took an image off the web to scale up and copy. I will be adding in my own unique style to the deck.

As you can see from my rough sketch this is the profile that must be transferred to the plank.

Step 3: Sketch Transferred to the Plank.

Transfer your chosen design to the plank.

Just to confirm, I have never ridden a wake skate, so these measurements are guesses. feel free to experiment. (make sure you put some wicked graff on the board in case it is a flop you can hang it on your wall!)

Step 4: Cut Out the Profile

Cut out the profile using your band saw or hand saw. Sand it down and round the edges. Notice the vertical lines drawn at the apex of where the lines meet. You will use these to mark where to drill holes for screws.
Drill holes for screws.

Step 5: Make the Ribs.

Measure the heights of the vertical lines drawn at the apex as mentioned earlier. They will be slightly different to your sketch because you need to sand down those 'corners". Use these heights for the widths of your ribs. the lengths depend on what you want your final boards width to be. In my case 375mm must be the total width of your jig (+/- 5mm). You can only measure these after the two side profile pieces have been made because it depends on the thickness of timber used. Sand and round the ribs.

Step 6: Assembly.

Drill holes in the sides. Counter sink them. Now hammer and glue the ribs to the one side profile.Make sure that the ribs are flush with the curved bit of your side profile pieces because this is the shape your wake skate will take. Use only one nail. Now drill through the original holes into the ribs. Screw two screws per rib. Do the same for the other side.

You are done.

Next I will document the making of the board.

Comments

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butlin1752 made it! (author)2012-03-16

you jig looks good can you send me the dimensions of it, would be really helpful

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cam27 made it! (author)2010-10-11

ayy man .. can you tell me how many sheetsof plywood did you do?. thanks man ...

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patin made it! (author)2010-03-06

whats the name of the program?? im designing a longskate and i cant advance much more with "paint"... thanks, niiiice ws.

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b-train made it! (author)2008-11-14

lol i just finished my jig and had a look at urs to compare, i realised i made the inverse of urs, ur board bends outward when u clamp it, mine bends inwards, no wonder it was so hard to cut out with a circualar saw hahah, im off to go cut sum side lengths out..again

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njacksx made it! (author)njacksx2008-11-18

You know, I'm sure it doesn't matter, as long as you clamp the plywood together properly. Post some pics! Good job on starting to build!

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b-train made it! (author)2008-10-23

ooh heaps exciting i cant wait for you to post the 'ible of you actually making one, ive never heard of wakeskating before, i ride on a bodyboard behind our jetski kinda like wakeskating but its really hard coz it doesnt have fins or grip tape or rails, i want to build one!! heaps good instructable, cant wait for the next part favourited!!

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njacksx made it! (author)njacksx2008-10-24

Awesome! We ordered the plywood yesterday, it was a bit of a mission because they didn't have marine ply (and it was twice the price). I just hope its good quality. A nice thing is that they are going to cut it into 400mm x 1000mm pieces for free.

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b-train made it! (author)b-train2008-10-24

yeah it goes alright, its really hard to get air coz theres no grip and the board does track on the water, nice so are you goin to use marine ply? i might just laquer normal stuff hahah im a cheapy, how thick are the boards? are they like a large skim board?

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lasersage made it! (author)2008-10-23

Blimey sorry for having an opinion. I won't stoop to your level of making derogatory remarks about where you could put your mouse, I only wanted to agree with nagutron that this is niche enough to need just one sentence on the intro page explaining what you're on about. I don't see how what I have or haven't posted is relevant. Does posting numerous instructables free you of the be nice policy?

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njacksx made it! (author)njacksx2008-10-24

Sorry

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nagutron made it! (author)2008-10-21

I actually didn't know what wake skating was, so I looked it up: It's like wake boarding, but with an unattached, skateboard-like board. It looks pretty friggin awesome. Here's a video example: http://www.thewakeplace.com/videos/wakelab.html

I'd add some explanation to your intro, and maybe some photos of completed wake skates!

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njacksx made it! (author)njacksx2008-10-22

Indeed! I have never wake skated but have wake boarded. I want to get into wake skating also, so decided to build my own (i like wood working + saving cash). This is part 1, I will be documenting my 1st wake skate this week end! I cant wait to try it out. The instructible is meant more for people who actually want to build a wake skate, and not looking at the 'ible for general info. Thanks for comments and the link.

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lasersage made it! (author)lasersage2008-10-22

Still, its obviously uncommon enough for people (me) not to know what you're on about, and having to dig out an explanation is frustrating. It would be good if you could post just a sentence or an image to explain what you're on about.

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