How to Make a Snowboard!




I like to make instructables which are fun to build or make. I'm interested in bikes, science and...

Its snowing heavily in england (5th january). and... im off work. so I thougth I might have a go at making a snow board. To start off, its not a professional board, but works pretty good!

Be safe as this is a home made snow board
and Have fun riding the snow....

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Step 1: What You Will Need:

You will need.
Hard board ( atleast 1m X .06m )
5 minute epoxy or a wood glue
Paper and a printer (to print off the template)
Old shoes (the correct size for your feet)
4 cross head screws


shoe laces

Tools you will need:

A Plain
smooth sand paper
A hand saw
Cross headed Screw driver

Step 2: Template

You will need, hard board, a saw, a pencil and a printer.

First print out the Microsoft word document and cut around the edges of the black outline to make the template. Like shown in picture one.
Next put the template on the hardboard and draw around it. 
I would recommend you cut a rectangular piece around the template, to make the size easier to work with.

Step 3: Cut It Out

One you have draw the template on to the hardboard cut it out. You should use a small hand saw or even a hack saw.

Follow the lines carefully, and take it slow.... I sound like a surf
Next plain and sand down the edges until they are nice and smooth
Tip: You will be making two of these, but on one of the keep the smooth side of the hard board smooth eg. dont sand it.
You finished result should look like picture 1

Repeat this process twice

Step 4: Joining the Two and Creating the Profile

For this step you will need something heavy, about 2 kg +. (books etc.) and 5 minute epoxy or a wood glue

First apply epoxy to not one of the smooth sides of your board. (you will have to work quickly if using epoxy)
Next join the two together and then place and item underneath each end measuring 3 cm tall.
 then place 'something heavy' about 10 cm from each end. At this point it should look like picture 3.

Let it cure and you end result should look like picture  2

Step 5: Putting the Boots On

For this step you will need 4 cross head screws, your old shoes and a screw driver

First position you shoes to a easy position for you to stand up in.
Next drill pilot holes for the screws (remove the sole of the shoe first). Try and place a screw at the heal and near the middle.
Then pick screws that are the correct length, so they must  not come out the bottom of the board, but they should go in to the board.
When you have screwed, 2 screws in each shoes put the soles back in.

And..... they you have It!

Step 6: Others Options

holderave now made some modifications to the board which are:

Shoe holder

I will also be creating another board, better made etc. If I have the time

How to varnish

Buy some oil based varnish that can protect wood from water and mostiure.
Read the instructions on the tin to get the correct result, you will only need to put this on the top as the bottom side of hardboard is plastic coated. It may help if you put it along he edges.


Step 7: Shoe Holders

For this step you will need: shoe laces and a drill.
I came up with this design after using the board and finding how it handled.
The shoe holder allows you to steer, but if caught in a crash allow some give so you don't flex with the board.

First draw an out line around your shoe, on the board. Next drill 4 holes, 2 at the front 2 at the back 2 inches apart like picture 2.
Next, thread an equal length of lace in the front two holes, then cross them other to the opposite side at the back holes, finally bring them back up again and tie a bow.

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    48 Discussions


    4 years ago

    i tried this with a skateboard........i just put plastic on the bottom of the deck.....would all this work if i did that to it

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    Reply 4 years ago

    i mean its put a good edge on it but im kinda questionimg the effects....


    6 years ago on Introduction

    In england we don't really have any serious winter sports, this is just for fun. Our country doesn't know how to handle snow at all :D Everything stops even when there's just a little bit, nobody drives . I did this by taking the wheels off of my longboard, its more just about fun in england. :)


    7 years ago on Step 4

    where abouts do you put the books underneath and how does it work ?????
    Great instructable anyway...
    Thanks :-D


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I don't want to be mean or anything but it's not going to work... You'll just fall over every time you try to ride it because a) it's WAY too small and b) it doesn't have this snow-cutting iron edge under it so you'll be like on ice. I'm sorry but it is a quite perfect if you want to make a fool of yourself and want to get used to falling. Or maybe snowboarding in England is like sledding - you don't need any skill whatsoever and you just try to have fun.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Maybe to get your riding legs under you before taking the plunge and dropping $800 on gear... But uh... a couple of short points: 1. You might break your ankles 2. Lifteys will hit you up for bribes 3. ski patrol will escort you to your car 4. It might be easier to just buy a board off craigs(seen whole setups for $50) 5. most commercially available lumber products don't have the characteristics you want. (pop, and flex combined with rigidity and durability) But... hey, an hour or so and $20 at the hardware store and you got a nice practice deck. small children are resilient, they could use this for a winter and get the idea in the yard if you got a hill and they'll appreciate edges when they see them too.

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    This looks like it would be fun enough, but it would be nothing like an actual snowboard. It dosent look like you have any metal edges, so turning in anything other than really deep soft light powder would be really hard and even in good conditions your feet are hanging off the sides. If you were to turn you would dig in your heels or toes and crash. This is an interesting idea, but in order for it to operate like a snowboard in any way shape or form there would have to be some serious improvements.

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    uh id have to enforce whats been said. im a ski patroller in colorado, and if i saw this youd be taken to the med room on a snowmobile and checked for frostbite broken ankles and etc. and then sent home or to the ski shop


    9 years ago on Introduction

    very cool. i love snowboarding. i prefer real store boughten boards. its not a Burton but it will work. i might make one and ride on small hills that arent suitable for an expensive board.
    i would add this as a favorite but im not a pro member.

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