Yoshi (or Any Design) Custom Penny Board

This project is a rather simple one, to put any image you want from any source onto a board.


  • Plywood (any dimension you want, just make sure it can support you, or if you want to have a high quality board there are plenty of instructables or youtube)
  • Clear coat polyurethane
  • Your image printed out on regular paper
  • Background poster paper, I picked up a simple project high gloss white paper
  • Wood and regular glue (I used a glue stick)
  • grip tape is optional
  • Then all the hardware


  1. design- sketch out your board out on paper, only drawing half vertically so that it is symmetrical.
  2. cut- cut your board out in this selected design then sand and make the board to your preference.

now for the actual art portion

  1. find and print your selected design, I chose Yoshi in my example.
  2. Cut this design as close as possible, or to how you want it, you just don't want plain white paper showing where you don't want to.
  3. Then with the poster board, get a general idea of where you want the design by lining up your board so you know what room you have to work with, then glue the design where you want. I used a glue stick because it doesn't cause the paper to wrinkle and the excess on the white can easily be cleaned up with a damp paper towel.
  4. This is where everything gets tricky and annoying, with the side of the board you want the design on, put a thin and even layer of wood glue on then place the poster board on, I recommend using a paper towel to apply pressure on the poster to ensure it bonds and then lay some paper towels on the ground to make sure the design is protected.
  5. Once dry, use an exacto knife to cut the excess poster board you don't want, note this part is tricky and it may not come out exactly how you want if you rush it, you should try to practice before.
  6. Once the board looks how you want, start applying the clear coat, making sure to cover the edges of the design to that it does not stick up and so that it stay secure to the poster board. I put a lot of coats on to get a nice glossy finish. Make sure to get the edges as well to keep the wood protected. make sure to at lease put one coat on the top as well, whether or not you plan on using grip tape.
  7. Grip tape if you want, I kinda screwed up on mine, look at youtube
  8. Finally use the hardware to carefully drill the holes in your desired area and mount the trucks.
  9. Ride!

**This was my first instructable so some feedback on my instructions would be great, and I hope this helped! Thanks!



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    6 Discussions


    2 years ago

    do you have dimensions? I really want to make this, the same way you made yours. Thanks!

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Unfortunatly I do not. I'm away at school currently and I did not bring this up with me. Also, personally I regret making it this size, my feet seem very cramped on the board, but obviously it is up to you. IIRC the full length is about 2 feet long and maybe about 8 or 9 inches wide? Then I think the area where the trucks are attached are about 4 inches wide. I wish I could help you more!


    Ditto on seamster's comments, but you may also give a little info/history/back story regarding what you're making. For instance, a guy like me who knows very little about skateboards wonders, what exactly is a 'penny board' and what is it's intended use? Why is it missing the curved parts that are normally found at the front and back?

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    jdebo117Dustin Rogers

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Honestly i'm not all that into skateboarding either haha, regarding penny board, its just like a short board. And the curved stuff if just preference


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Hey, pretty good! You've got nice photos and good text, so you're on the right track!

    For your next project, you should snap a few photos along the way to show the process of what you are doing or making. Then when you document it, if you break the project into chronological steps with a few photos in each (with some text), you'll have nailed it!

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I would have but I didn't even plan on posting this until I had it finished. Thanks for the feed back!