Wooden Clock Out of Recycled Skateboards

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Hello everyone!

In this instructables I'll show you how you can make a beautiful wooden clock out of old recycled skateboards. It's so fun to work with old skateboards, it"s so colorful and you get beautiful results!

Sooo, let's start!

Step 1: Preparing the Skateboards

First you need to peel off the griptape. It helps when you heat it up.

Then you can cut 5mm strips out of the skateboard. For the size of my skateboards I used 20 strips of skateboard, 10 out of each board.

Now we're gonna make a rough surface for the glue to stick on to. We're doing this with the griptape of the skateboard, because that's just FREE sandpaper :). It was faster if I sanded the whole board at first, but I forgot to do that. So hard work: sand all the 20 strips by hand and the inside on the belt sander.

Up to the next step!

Step 2: Glue Up and Shaping

Thanks to Ben from Woby Design for giving me the idea for this clamping system. Go check him out on YouTube and Instagram! It's really easy to keep the strips flat like this! Glue all the strips together with woodglue and put some clamps on it.

When you'll take it out of the clamps, sand it totally flat with the belt sander. Having a stationary beltsander would come in really handy in this step!

Transfer the pattern of your clock onto your blank of skateboards and cut it out on the bandsaw. Cut as close to the line, but without touching it. You need to clean that up later on the belt sander.

Step 3: Finishing the Clock

Mark the middle of your clock with an awl and drill a hole for the clock mechanism to fit in. The holesize depends on the clock mechanism you're using I think.

For the numbers I used some stamps and ink.

Finish with applying some beeswax and add your clock mechanism, your clock is ready to tick!

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    Philbert D

    3 months ago

    Ingenious to think of using recycled skateboard wood 'sandwich' for the terrific color contrast without the tedious glue-up that would have otherwise been necessary. And using the curved portion really added to the design. The result is something you'd have to work very hard to achieve conventionally. Great vision, great technique. I'm looking for skateboard decks in my garage and will be building this.

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    Kink Jarfold

    3 months ago on Step 3

    Jolien, that was awesome. Once you added the bees wax it popped. Great instructable.

    KJ

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