Intro: Build a Long Board From Reclaimed Pallets
for around $30 bucks i made this sweet board from reclaimed pallet wood i used some cool tools but this could be done with a lot of elbow grease. hope you enjoy the build!
Step 1: Gather What You Need
Step one is the easy part find the wood you want to use. I used pallet wood but these steps can be done with wood from any big box store or even scrap wood found around the house.
- tape measure
- nut drivers
- table saw
- paint brush
- plastic scraper
- skateboard trucks
- skateboard wheels
Step 2: Lay Out
i used the jointer to get all the boards straight then cut them all down on the table saw to 1 inch thick i didnt worry about the width since i wanted to make it look unique. this step is where you let your artistic design flow. I tried to mismatch colors to get a good contrast.
Step 3: Glue
Don't skimp on the glue get all the wood covered to ensure good set up.
Step 4: Clamp Up
Clamp all the wood up as strait as possible.
Step 5: Cut Out the Design
trace design out on the wood use a jig saw cut out the design.
Step 6: Planer Time
i planed the heck out of this i ran it thru both side droping the blade each pass until the board was smooth on both sides
Step 7: Sand
sand all the edges to get the shape you want take your time and make it symmetrical.
Step 8: Route the Edges
Use a 3/8 round over bit on the router table and rout all the edges both top and bottom.
Step 9: Fill Holes
use epoxy and wood flower make a paste up the thickness of peanut butter and fill in all the imperfections.
Step 10: Sand
using the orbital sander sand it all down with 120 grit sand paper, again take your time and go over it twice this is where you make it look perfect.
Step 11: Epoxy
mix epoxy and cover the entire board with a light coat making sure to catch all the drips.
Step 12: Drill Truck Holes
find the center line of the board and place the truck strait mark all the holes and drill out the hole using a drill or a drill press. use a counter sink bit to allow the screws to be flush with the deck.
Step 13: Add Grip Tape and Test It Out
this has to be the best step i place the grip tape in strips to allow the wood to show thru a little