Introduction: How to Make a Skateboard for Under 10 Bucks!
In this instructable i will show you all the steps i took in making my super cheap skateboard!. My board worked out to be about $2.50 but my goal was to make it as cheap as possible. With a few extra bucks and tools you can turn this into something very custom, in a relatively short amount of time!
This style of board is more or less based on the old way skaters used to make skateboards when companies stopped making them because they were deemed "dangerous".
material (i used):
piece of wood
Disclaimer: if you injure yourself with whatever creation you make using this instructable as your guide it is not my fault in anyway or form, its sad i even have to put this in but you get hurt skateboarding, it just happens.
Step 1: Roller Skates!
Do you like roller skating? Neither do I! I got my roller skates at goodwill for four bucks. All you want from these are the wheels and the screw if you don't have any layin around. If your a metal head like me the leather is nice for arm bands!
Note that these are roller skate not roller blades, HUGE difference, roller skates have trucks and flatter wheels which are basically mandatory on a skateboard.
Step 2: Cut Some Metal!
This is where the hacksaw (or whatever other device you wanna use) comes into play. Pick a nice looking spot and cut the bridge between the trucks.
Step 3: Gotta Get Some Wood
Any plank of wood or plywood should do, for my board i bought a shelf at goodwill for about 50 cents, its about a foot and a half long and its approximately the same width as my trucks. Now you don't have to use wood, anything that can support your weight can be used get creative!
After you acquire your wood draw out your board shape (or leave it as is) then draw a center line. A center line is a straight line a that is in the middle of you board, it runs length ways and with it you can line your trucks up to make sure they are straight. Now don't drive yourself nuts trying to line the trucks up, they can be a little off.
Step 4: Start Screwing Around
Once you've decided where you what those trucks to go you gotta screw them down. I used the screws from the shelf and the roller-skates cause i'm cheap and i didn't have other screws to work with. To fasten my trucks to the board i used to preexisting screw holes on the trucks and i made another hole near the cut just to stop the truck from loosening with use. Now screw the trucks down!
Step 5: Go Forth Skate Rats and Ride!
Decorate, paint, tape... do whatever you want with it now your done! heres mine i had some crap laying around and super glue and duck tape.
Step 6: Show Instructables Your Creation!
Since this instructable has become popular (i honestly thought i was gonna get 100 views) i would like anyone who has made a board using my instructable to send me a photo of your board and i'll post it on this page for everyone else to see, i personally would love to see what you guys can make and extra examples would help other people who are making there own boards. I'll also make sure to cite you guys so that you can gloat to your friends, or your mom or anyone else for that matter hahahha. Send the photos to firstname.lastname@example.org