Introduction: How to Recycle Old Skateboards
My friends and I have a bunch of old skateboards lying around from years of skating. I decided to finally do something with that.
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Step 1: Sectioning and Cutting
Take all of your old boards and ungrip them. The best way to do this is with a hair dryer or heat gun, melting the adhesive and trying to pull it off like a big sticker. Use a razor blade when necessary.
Once the hard part is done section the board off so you will have sections with the same concave. You can cut these all day long on the chop saw.
Step 2: Gluing
Now you have a whole bunch of bits of skateboard. Do your best to match all the parts with the same concave and approximately the same size.
Spread some wood glue in between each ply and get some clamps! the more the better. If you glue different parts of the board with different concaves the whole block WILL delaminate within a few days of gluing. 2 different sections of different boards with slightly different concave is ok though.
Step 3: Your Big Colorful Block
Now you have this big hunk of beautiful colored wood that you paid almost nothing for. Now what to do with them? I did some test where I re-sawed it down into 1/8 inch slices to laser cut for some fancy wood inlay work. I also made a diagonal slice across the block and got a really interesting piece. Get creative!
or make a living like this artist named Haroshi is doing!