Introduction: Folding Skateboard!
This is a very easy to make folding skateboard. You can do this if you snapped your skateboard deck in two or just don't like a normal skateboard! Hahaha...
I apologize in advance for the bad pictures.
The skateboard itself was not what i wanted it to be because i just made it from a random idea in my head. The wheels weren't supposed to fold onto themselves, and i ran out of motivation to correct it :-).
So enjoy what you've got, my friends :-)
Step 1: Get Your Materials
For this i'ble, you're going to need some easy-to-get stuff. (sorry the picture is blurry)
- Screwdrivers that'll fit the various screws
- A saw
- A skateboard (mine was in no way broken, just old and useless)
- An electric drill if you want things to go faster
- A piece of wood to cut in half, (whatever shape you like, and wide enough to accomodate two hinges)
- Two hinges along with the proper screws
- Rollerblade wheels (optional...for making the ride a bit smoother :-))
Step 2: The Deck
1. Saw the wood in half
measure half the plank then cut in half using the saw.
2. Connect the two pieces of the wood with the hinges
Join the two pieces of wood with the hinges. Be careful to line up the hinges properly so that they don't fold symmetrically...like i did on my first careless attempt.
Step 3: The Trucks
1. Take the trucks off the old deck
Take the trucks (the metal things where the wheels go) off the old deck. The easiest way is to hold the nut with your pliers and unscrew the screws quickly with the battery-powered drill. After you do that, put the trucks on the new piece of wood (make sure it lines up nicely so the board goes straight when you ride it) and drill holes for the screws.
***** at this point, if you wish, you can switch the skateboard wheels with rollerblade wheels for a smoother ride.
Step 4: Attach the Trucks to the Deck
1. Screw the trucks onto the deck
If your deck was too thick for the original screws like mine was, use longer screws.
*****If you're willing, fix it so that the skateboard folds flat on top of itself becuase the wheels fold onto eahc other on mine...
also, i just want you guys to know, it's not my fault if you guys fall and hurt yourself or if the hinges don't hold your weight (i made this for a teenager about my weight...which is small), or if the wheels are so smooth the board flies out from under you, this was a project inspired by..something and is good for joyriding...
i'd suggest putting the wheels out further (or maybe not, it might put more pressure on the hinges), or cutting off the long ends of the board so that the board has less chance of folding underneath you.
maybe to stop, you could simply step closer to the edge of the board so it folds in and drags the end on the ground. haha whatever
ride safely and don't do anything dumb. <3 alvincredible.