Introduction: How to Make Diy Sliding Gloves for Longboarding
Sliding gloves can be very expensive. Starting from about 30-60$. Which for a pair of gloves with pieces of plastic on them (well at least most of the time they're plastic) is pretty expensive. Actually now that I think of it it's a little overpriced unless you're trying to find ways to get rid of money or you're a professional longboarder. I you're any of those people then this instructable is probably not the right place to be. Well without further adieu (took me a while to find that word > <) let's get started!
Step 1: Materials
The materials we're using I found at Home Depot or Dollarama (that's what the dollar store is called where I live) if you don't live near a Dollarama store I'm sure you can find most of these materials at your local dollar tree or whatever the dollar store is called where you live. So the materials you will need are:
1) a pair of gloves (I'm using nitrile work gloves) I picked these up at Dollarama for about 2$.
2) an old plastic cutting board (it doesn't have to be old > <) I picked this up at Dollarama for like 2-3$ the width is about 1/8 of an inch.
3) a hacksaw or a jigsaw. If you don't already have a hacksaw they're about 20$ at Home Depot and jig saw's are about 50$ but I prefer using a hacksaw but off course that's just me.
4) duct tape any colour (no I will not be attaching the pucks to the gloves with this). I picked this stuff up at the dollar store for about 3$.
5) two clamps. These are optional so if you don't have these it's ok. But they're about 20$ at Home Depot each. Yes pricey.
6) some kind of glue. I'm using Elmer's spray adhesive this is about 7$ at Home Depot. Don't use normal white glue! I tried using it one time and I spent a while trying to repair my glove. So get some sort of other glue that says it bonds with practically anything. Yes most i the time it doesn't bond with most things but for this project it works.
7) a pair of old gloves that you wouldn't care getting glue on. Again they don't have to be old but I like to use old ones. These are completely optional but I strongly them. Unless off course you want to get glue on your hands.
8) a piece of wood. I would recommend it.
9) a pencil and a ruler.
So all in all if you were to buy all this stuff at once it would be pretty expensive. But the point is that most of us probably have these materials or can easily get the stuff they need at the the dollar store. Or I'm sure you know somebody who could let you borrow their tools if you don't have them.
Step 2: Draw Out Your Pucks
Keep in mind: The pucks we're making are my favourite shapes for sliding gloves.So before making these gloves browse through other instructables or anything else on the internet that can show you the different sliding gloves that people make. So if you didn't like this puck cutout just find another one that you find suitable for yourself. Start by brainstorming what dimensions you would like your sliding gloves to be. For example I like the puck on my palm to be 7, 1/2cm by 7, 1/2cm and my finger pucks 7cm by 2cm. So once you've decided the dimensions of your pucks draw them out on your cutting board. Tip: If the cutting board you're using has a handle cut that off before starting to draw the shapes. Trust me your life will be much easier.So once you've decided the dimensions of your pucks draw them out on your cutting board.
Step 3: Cutting Out Your Pucks
This is where the board first comes in (if off course you really need it after reading this step). This is as well where the clamps first come in unless you're using the board. So with that being said there's going to be two different ideas you could almost interfering with each other. So that was just sort of something so you're less confused > <. To start I'll tell you the option I always use, find the edge of a patio or any other wooden surface with enough space between the boards for a hacksaw to go through without damaging anything. Then clamp your cutting board to that edge making sure that the part you're sawing is in that space between the boards. Then just saw the part you need to saw. Or you could just cut your cutting board by firmly holding it down on the board. Then again just saw. The first option is my favourite, it's easier and it's faster. Off course none of these ideas will work with a jigsaw and I can not help you there. Sadly:(
Step 4: Finish the Pucks
Now just because you cut the pucks out doesn't mean you're done. I mean you could be but it's better to do what I'm about to tell you. That would be to smooth out the edges of your pucks. It's enough to just rub the edges on pavement or on bricks. Like thats what I always do. But I guess you could use a sander or something if you wanted these to be perfect. What I also like to do is cut off the edges of the palm puck so it's in the shape of an octagon. Then I rub the edges on pavement till what used to be an octagon is a circle.
Step 5: Glueing the Pucks to the Glove
I find that Elmer's spray adhesive glues on to duct tape better than the glove so before glueing on the pucks I always put duct tape on to the places my pucks are going to be. Then put on the old pair of gloves, unless off course you want glue on your hands which trust me is not fun washing off but anyways spray your pucks with the Elmer's spray adhesive and put them in the place you put your duct tape. Then get your board and put it where your pucks are. Remember to apply an even coat on to your pucks. Then step on it because the pucks are probably going to be very stubborn and won't stick by them selves so just stand there a bit. Then let your gloves dry.
P.s, Sorry for the different colours of duct tape used i ran out of one colour and Dollarama didn't have the colour black at the time so I had to settle on orange.
Step 6: Finished
Now you're done your sliding gloves! You can use them as brakes (like me) or for you can slide (I haven't figured that out yet). Keep in mind that at the first stages your pucks aren't going to stick on to your gloves for too long so after the first couple rides apply another coat of glue. Then after a while your pucks pretty much won't come off. But if you do notice that your pucks are coming off take them off completely and glue them back on. Hope you enjoyed and please remember to vote for this instructable!
P.s, That's not me in the picture > <
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8 years ago on Introduction
Did you notice the gloves in the intro picture look sort of like a face?
A friend of mine does long boarding and he taught me the importance of gloves for anything, he also said they have to be as strong on the back as the front in case you crash.
This is so cool, I hope to be using a set of these one day!
Reply 8 years ago on Introduction
Ha! I just noticed that it's actually quite funny. Thanks!