So for a long time I have wanted a longboard, then one of my friends mentioned that he wanted a penny board. I thought at first this was a silly idea until I did a little research, then I found out that a penny board fits my day better than a longboard. And so began the search for a cheap penny board to see if I even liked it. I ended up on a $30 penny board on Amazon. This was the perfect starter for me, and it seems to work well without a new deck.
You will need some tools and materials,
Wood - preferably a hard wood. I used oak and maple
Glue - I used titebond 3
Trucks and wheels
Jigsaw, bandsaw, or a scroll saw
Various sanders, I used a belt sander and an orbital sander
A plane, you could also use a belt sander, but I'm notorious of destroying the belts
And assorted paints/stains/finishes depending on what you want your board to look like
Step 1: Cutting Out Multiple Board Shapes
You first want to cut enough slices of a board to get the six inches you want for the full width of a penny board. If using 3/4" board like me you want 8 layers.
I made a stencil to copy my pattern onto multiple pieces of wood
Step 2: Glue Up Those 8 or So Slices
So you want to glue up the pieces to get your board to look much more like a board shape. I recommend a waterproof glue just incase it rains while you are boarding or something. Use plenty of clamps and provide even pressure over the entire piece
Step 3: Flatten Back of the Board for Cutting
You want to flatten the back of the board to make cutting easier. I wasn't thinking when I did this and I cut from the top side where it curves up. I think that it would work better from the back although. Flatten using a chisel, plane, or sander.
Step 4: Cut Out Your Board Shape
Pretty straight forward trace your shape onto the wood and cut just outside of the lines to come back and sand them.
Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures for this step. :(
Step 5: More Sanding
Not gonna lie. I spent a good 3-4 hours just sanding. That's because. I was not careful with step one and hand a lot of high and low spots to knock down.
Step 6: Add Holes for Trucks
You are not adding holes for trucks. Because I was basing my design of the original board I just traced on where the holes went. But you could easily trace a center line and work off that.
I also forgot to photograph this step.
Step 7: Apply Extras
Now the board is basically done. You can have fun decorating the board with whatever median you prefer. Paint, sharpie, laser engrave, stain, coffee (if you can do that). Make the board yours. Apply different girp tape patterns. Have fun!
Step 8: Ride That Board!
Yep, after hours of work and sweat in the heat you are finally finished! Now cruse around town and show off your handy work!