Introduction: Skateboard Made From Reclaimed Wood

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Skateboard made from an old table and some local sand :)

Partially inspired and adapted from: https://www.instructables.com/id/Reclaimed-Wood-Sk...

Step 1: Find Reclaimed Wood for the Deck

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In my case, I found a broken table discarded on the side of the road. :) The table top was a bit thick, but it was the perfect starting point for the skateboard.

Step 2: Create a Cardboard Prototype

  • Using a big piece of cardboard or paper, plan out the shape and dimensions of your board. It helps to put it on the ground and make sure it's a good size for your feet

  • Trace an outline of the paper prototype onto the surface of your wood (soon-to-be skateboard deck)

Step 3: Shape Your Board

  • Use a vertical band saw to cut around your skateboard outline

  • Next, the table I used for my skateboard was thicker than I wanted. If this is the case for you too, you can use a plane to reduce the thickness of your board

  • Smooth the edges. I used a belt sander to round the edges of the board (all around the top and bottom), as well as to smooth the surface

Step 4: Drill Holes for the Trucks

  • Line up the trucks on the board where you want them

  • [Note: if you want to be able to kick up your board from the back, make sure not to put the back truck too far back. Mine's far enough forward where I can still step on the back of the board to kick it up.]

  • Mark the location and drill holes. Countersunk works best so the top of the screws are flush with the surface of the deck

Step 5: (optional) Coat in Epoxy & "grip Tape"

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  • I coated my board in epoxy to make it more durable. But the epoxy make it pretty slippery, so I topped it off with "grip tape" made from sand!

  • While the epoxy on the top side is drying, sprinkle a thin layer of fine sand all over the board. A cheese grater or strainer is a great tool for this and distributes the sand evenly. Practice and figure out a good technique before applying the sand on the epoxy though - you only get one chance!

  • Once the epoxy's dry, you may need to clean up the drill holes to get rid of any excess resin. It helps to try and cover / block the holes while applying the epoxy

Comments

tomatoskins (author)2015-02-20

That's a great idea to use the sand as your "grip tape"!

gussiegal (author)tomatoskins2015-02-21

Thanks, it works surprisingly well!

mgandm5 (author)2015-02-21

What type of wood do you use? Pine, oak, maple, walnut, ...? It looks great, and I think the sand is a nice alternative to grip tape. Just, how do you reapply it later?

gussiegal (author)mgandm52015-02-21

Pretty sure the table we found was pine. And, good question on reapplying the sand. I'm planning to use the same method - apply a small coat of epoxy with a layer of sand. Once my current grip tape wears down and I need to reapply, I'll post an update here on my success

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