Altoids Tin Longboard Slide Gloves




About: If someone tells me I can't make it, and they're right, I try to anyways.

This Instructable will show you how to make a pair of longboard slide gloves. Your sliding surface will be the lid of the tin.

Slide gloves are used in longboarding and skateboarding for powersliding tricks. Slide gloves allow the rider to place his or her hands on the ground during a trick for additional maneuverability and the ability to do different tricks. Examples of slide tricks can be seen in the last step of this Instructable, or on Youtube.

*Note - These gloves are for low-level sliding tricks. Do not, under any circumstances, use these gloves for hardcore downhill powersliding. These gloves are not for extended useage. If they are used too much, the metal in the Altoids tin cover will thin out and sharpen and eventually bust out on you in the middle of a slide. (See the last image for clarification) We don't want that. So if you're really into powersliding, get some heavy-duty slide gloves.* 

The making of this Instructable is best accompanied by Ol' Dirty Bastard's 'Shimmy Shimmy Ya', any song by Matt and Kim, Reggie Watts, or You Oughta Know by Das Racist. Put on some choice tunes.

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Step 1: Supplies

The supplies you will need are as follows:

- Two Altoids tins of any flavor (I prefer wintergreen, but that's just me)

- A blunt metal object such as a nail with a large diameter, a Phillips head screwdriver, A drill bit, etc. 

- A hammer (This doesn't have to be large. It's only to poke holes in your Altoids tin with the blunt object)

- Two long-ish, durable shoelaces

- Scissors, any size

Step 2: Preparing the Altoids Tins

First, you will need to eat all of the Altoids in your tins, or put them in a container or something. They just need to be out of the way.

Next, you'll need to put some holes in the Altoids tin so the shoelaces can pass through and be firmly tie your hands to to the gloves.

Take the lid off of the tin, for some extra stability. There are some little hinge flaps holding on the lid, just bend them back.

Take your hammer and blunt object thing and poke three equally spaced holes on each long side of the tin and one hole in the middle of each short side of the tin. make sure that the holes on one side of the tin line up with the holes on the other side of the tin. These holes are going to be rather small for shoelaces, though. That's where your scissors come in. Put the point of your scissors into each hole and worm it around until the hole is enlarged just enough so that the shoelaces can pass through without being ripped or torn.

Repeat all this with your other Altoids tin. 

Step 3: Adding in the Shoelaces

This is where you thread the shoelaces through your tin in such a way that you can quickly, readily, and securely tie on your slide gloves. 

*Each end of the shoelace must be sticking out somewhere so you can tie them together around your hand.*

Personal preference plays a big part here. I threaded my shoelaces through in a sort of spiral, through one long side at the bottom hole, out the other side, around the back of the tin, and then through the next set, around the back, through the next set, around the back, then down the top hole and through the bottom hole. This setup seems to work quite well. Make sure your threading preference secures all of your hand - you wouldn't want your gloves to slip during a trick. The shoelace should wrap around the main part of your hand as well as in between a couple fingers and the part of your wrist below your thumb.

When you are finished, tie on your glove and see if it holds very securely, so securely you'd feel confident doing powersliding tricks with it. If not, revise your threading.

Repeat all this with your other tin, but reverse the threading, as your other hand has its thumb on the other side. 

Step 4: You've Finished! Now for Some Sliding.

Hooray! You've finished your very own Altoids tin slide gloves. Now, you have to try them out. Grab your board and hit an area with some smooth pavement and no cars. Skate and slide at your own risk. I'm not responsible for any injury during either of the two or construction of your gloves.

Always wear a helmet. Always. Also, it's a good idea to add some padding between the back of the tin and your hand.

Here are some photos of types of slides, and a video as well.

Enjoy! Thanks for building! Feedback, constructive criticism, and ideas on how to better this Instructable are all appreciated.


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    Little mexican

    4 years ago

    I know half of the pictures were you were "sliding" were fake because you wouldnt have your finger tips if so and this is litterlay so stupid i hope you get that tin stuck in your plam.

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    This is pretty dangerous. I wouldn't recommend using these at all. I'd like to see video of someone using these at 30mph on a rough road.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    That's not safe. For flatland sliding, just bust standies. I don't want to sound like a mean person; I'm just concerned for the individuals that would attempt this. The pressures and friction involved in sliding are plenty to crush a tin container. String is not a sure and safe way to strap this device to ones self. It takes about the same amount of time and money to make real slide gloves and for the price of 2 Altoids containers, dollar store gloves, super glue, and free samples of corian (from a big hardware store) or moms old cutting board would suffice.

    For serious sliding, don't use these. Go with any grade Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) slide pucks designed for downhill skateboarding. Slide gloves should be considered as safety gear. To apply emphasis toward my point of view, one wouldn't strap a bucket on the head and call it a helmet and trust it to protect (do it's job).

    Winged Fist

    7 years ago on Introduction

    These look really dangerous! I'm sure with the right amount of pressure, the Altoid tins could collapse and become mangled shards of razor sharp tin... As someone who has had a severed ulnar nerve and artery, I wouldn't recommend these "gloves" if you want to continue to have 100% use of your hands! But if you must, at least fill them with styrofoam so they wont collapse so easily.

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    Patman27Winged Fist

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Agreed. As creative a hack as this is, it's still extremely dangerous. One slip-up with the tin and you've got the equivalent of a knife digging into your palm (or fingers) at speed. Besides, sliding isn't easy to do at low speeds - the faster you go, the easier and smoother it becomes (hence why factory-made pucks are self-lubricating). For the sake of safety and sliding form, it's best just to start out with store-bought pucks (or cutting board) attached to a handmade slide glove.

    Be careful and watch the cans for wear, if they catch while your sliding you could break your fingers the way you have them tied on.