Introduction: D.I.Y. Oldskool Cruiser Skateboard
For those of you who don't know, I love skateboarding and it is one of my biggest hobbies. Sometimes I just like to cruise around and just enjoy riding, so I decided it would be really fun and cool to create my own cruiser board. I also thought it would be neat to have some oldskool style mixed in, such as a thick board, a pointed or flat tail, and a slight point on the nose. I figured I didn't need too many power tools or anything so I gave it a go and I'm very pleased with the results. The only thing I was missing were longboard/soft wheels, I compromised and used some spitfire wheels which are typical skateboard wheels, but they do make for a rougher ride on the streets because they are harder and smaller. It's not that big of deal though because I still think it's just as fun.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
Here is a list of the materials and tools;
Scroll saw(any other saw should work as well)
Electric sander(you can just use normal sandpaper but it will take a lot longer)
Sandpaper(I used 150grit)
Drill bits(I used an 11/32 for the screw head and a 13/64 for the main hole)
Hardware(8 screws and 8 nuts)
Half round bastard(mine was 8in)
Round bastard(mine was 8in)
Punch(to make indents for drill holes)
Set of trucks, wheels, and bearings
The peice of wood you've chosen for the board
Step 2: Creating the Body and Cutting
Ok, I decided to go with an oldskool nose but a variation of a pintail cruiser for the tail. So the first step is to draw out your design on your peice of wood(as shown in pics 1-3). After you've made sure that's the shape you want, take out your scroll saw or whatever saw you are using and start to follow the lines you drew until you're done(as shown in pics 5-8). Do not worry if one side is more slanted or rounded than the other, we can fix that in the next step. ;)
Step 3: Sanding the Edges and Smoothing Everything Out
Now it's time to take out the electric sander. I first sanded the nose by lightly pressing the electric sander on the sides of the nose and forming the curve I wanted it to be. Then I used some 150grit sandpaper on the tip of the nose to form a nice peak, instead of using the electric sander because I did not want to accidentally flatten the tip or such. You can see in picture five the results of smoothing the sides. Next, gently use the electric sander on the edges of the nose and just take of a little. After you've done that, use some light sandpaper(again I used 150grit) and hold the two opposite sides with each hand, then pull back and forth to create a nice round edge(as shown in pic 9-11). This following step is a small variation of a pintail cruiser tail and it is optional, but feel free to do it if you like. Get out a half round bastard and a round bastard. First start with the round bastard and make a half circle groove in the middle of the back side of the tail(pic 12-16). Once that is done, sand the very end of both of the outside sides(pic 17 and 18). Now it's time to use the half round bastard. Use the flat side of the half round bastard in both of the inside sides until it looks like a sharp triangle gap(pic 19-22). Then you can sand the sides and edges of the tail just like we did for the nose. When all of that is completed, sand(using both the electric sander and sand paper)the top, bottom, sides, and edges of the main body using the same techniques we used for the nose and tail, this way everything is very round and smooth(pic 23-33). It will also take off any dirt or grime, mine had old paint on it and it took it right off!
Step 4: Finding and Marking Where to Drill the Holes
Grab your full set of trucks(trucks, wheels, bearings), a ruler, a combination square, and finally, a pencil. Next, place the trucks underneath the board to figure out where you would like them to be(pic 1 and 2). Then, roughly draw a mark on the board where you would like the trucks to be(pic 4 and 5). Do this for both the front and back trucks. Now draw a little mark on the very middle of the nose(pic 6). Take your ruler and place it on the mark you made on the nose and on one of the side marks you made for the front truck(pic 7). Remember what the length is, then measure the mark on the nose to the other side mark for the front truck and if it is a different length then the other side just either shift it up or down to make it even(pic 8). After that, draw a straight line to each of the side marks for the front truck(pic 9-11). Repeat the same for the back truck(by using the tail as your guide). Double check your lines to see if they are straight by placing the truck on it and making sure it doesn't look slanted(pic 12). Next, use your combination square to find the center of both the front and back truck lines(pic 13-15). Then find the middle of your trucks and place them on the centers of the lines you marked on the board(pic 16). When you finished that, measure the spaces on each side next to the truck to make sure it is in the very middle of the line(pic 17)(do this for the back truck too). Now draw little circles through the truck holes to mark where you are going to drill(pic 18 and 19). Phew! That was a lot!
Step 5: Drilling the Holes
I know I know, when do we get to drill already? Real soon, don't worry ;) This step is optional, but I do recommend it to help prevent sliding and mistakes. Take out a hammer and a punch, then make indents on all of the hole markings so your drill will stay in place to prevent mistakes(pic 1-4). Now take out your drill and bits. I drilled all my holes with a 11/64 bit, but I ended moving up to a 13/64 bit(pic 6-11). You also might want to use a bigger bit for the head of your screw so it will fit flush. I used a 11/32 for the head of the screw(pic 12-14). After you're done drilling, give the entire board a nice sand(I used 150grit). The final thing you may want to do(I didn't) is brush on a couple coats of polyurethane. If you decide to do that, you might want to do something like this; brush on thin coat, lightly sand, brush on thin coat, lightly sand, brush on thin coat, lightly sand. The reason why you sand after every coat is because the polyurethane causes the fibers in the wood to rise therefore making it rough and bumpy, so doing something like the pattern above should give you the best results. I did not coat it and the board still looks brand new, but if you want it to last longer, that is what I recommend. The final step of course, is screwing on the trucks, after that it is finally complete!
Step 6: Time to Ride
Since it is done now, why don't you go outside, cruise around, and get some nice fresh air! The board worked out extremely well for me so I hope it does for you too. If there is anything you don't understand, post a comment below and I'll answer it as best as I can. I would like to thank you so much for taking the time to read this and I hoped you enjoyed this instructable, goodbye for now!
See ya soon ;)