How to Make a Skateboard

Learning how to make your own skateboard can be alluring, especially if you're on the creative side. The idea of riding something you built completely - not just slapped some bearings and grip tape to a manufactured deck - is very appealing.

You have several options when it comes to the deck. One of these is to order or buy a skateboard blank. This is an un-sanded, unfinished piece of wood that is designed to hold up to everything a skateboarder will do to it. Though this takes away some of the DIY appeal, it's a good option for those who aren't experienced woodworkers.

Your other option is to make the deck completely from scratch. If you choose this route, understand that it's quite labor-intensive. You'll need multiple materials: different types and sizes of plywood, skateboard glue, molds and a press. Some of these materials may not be readily available to you, so you'll have to buy or borrow them.

Once you've determined which types of wood you'll use and the order in which you'll use them, glue the layers of plywood together. Next you'll use the skateboard mold to shape your veneer (all that wood you've assembled) into your skateboard shape. Then you'll use the press to cold press the skateboard. Leave the skateboard in the press for a while so that everything sets.

Once your deck is made you'll drill holes into it for the hardware. Your best bet here is to use an old skateboard as a model for where you should drill the holes. Mark it carefully before you drill; any error can make it very difficult to fit hardware and may make your skateboard useless. Next you'll shape your veneer. Again, use that old skateboard to determine your deck's shape. Your final step in deck construction is sanding the skateboard so that the edges are rounded and smooth

Sealing the skateboard is an important step; this will help protect your skateboard from minor water damage, which can warp your deck. A good wood finish can be used to seal your deck. You'll need to put two layers on. If you plan to add graphics or paint the deck, do so in between the two layers of sealant.

You're almost done! The last thing you'll need to do is attach your hardware; the trucks, bearings and wheels. Once your skateboard is assembled, try it out and make any necessary adjustments.

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