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Skateboard ring process breakdown

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Blog entry by kiwilynne posted 07-12-2019 07:49 PM 298 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A quick breakdown for Jim Jakosh and everyone else interested in how I make a skateboard ring

I cut a 3×3 cm blank from the skateboard using the deck’s original thickness.

I then use the scroll saw to cut off the corners and reduce some of the extra wood.

I put the blank on the lathe and get it down to a bit thicker than what the final ring will be, to account for additional finishing sanding. Make sure your chisels are sharp, because if it catches it can take a good piece out of the laminated wood.

I then put it in the chuck and do some finishing on the inside. Probably a good idea to turn the lathe speed down here, especially if you’re going to be sanding it down to a particular size. I don’t always do this though, particularly if I plan on adding a veneer core.

Move it to the drill press and start sanding down the outside. I usually start from 150 and move through 180, 220, 240, 320, 400, 600, 800, to 1000. Then I use micro mesh pads, 1500 to 12000 to give the ring a smooth and polished look. Example of the pads I use at the link below:

https://www.nativepens.nz/glues-finishes/2x2-micro-mesh

The ring now looks something like this:

To finish, I spray/wipe it with some mineral oil and let it stand for a bit to let the oil soak in.

Then I put it back on the drill press and using normal kitchen paper towels, I begin layering on CA glue. Every time I put a layer on, I tear off the used piece from the paper towel because once the glue gets hard on the paper, I don’t re-use it because the hard surface can cause streaking. Depending on the type of wood, I usually add about ten layers for good measure on the outside. I don’t use a curing spray inbetween but only because I have never bothered to. If you see streaks in-between layers, you can wet-sand with a 600 grit inbetween layering (make sure the glue is dry though, otherwise you’ll get a milky stain from putting water to the super glue). You can also use the micro mesh pads here. Once you are done with the outside, layer the inside of the ring with CA glue (I usually do 3-5 layers here, same process).

To polish up the ring, I use a very fine paste wax, in my case, a pen-turning paste made for use on a CA finish. I find liquid Turtle Wax works too if I find myself without it. Make sure the CA on the inside of the ring is dry. Here, I just pop it onto a handheld drill with a DIY mandrel and using a soft cloth and the paste, at a fairly high speed, polish the ring. The more polish you use, the higher the gloss will become. For cloth, I generally use old t-shirts that get biffed in a bag for later use.

That’s it! Hope that’s helpful to anyone considering making one of these. This is pretty much my current process for making all wood rings.

-- Lynne, New Zealand - Crikey, Aussie is another country, Bro.



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Druid

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#1 posted 07-12-2019 09:12 PM

Nice explanation Lynne. Thanks.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 07-12-2019 11:45 PM

Thanks, Lynne. I was wondering if is was done like that or by the bent wood process.

That is a great looking ring…..............Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 07-13-2019 05:21 PM



Thanks, Lynne. I was wondering if is was done like that or by the bent wood process.

That is a great looking ring…..............Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh

Thanks Jim. I’ve never come across skateboard veneer before but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist :p

-- Lynne, New Zealand - Crikey, Aussie is another country, Bro.

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#4 posted 07-13-2019 05:21 PM



Nice explanation Lynne. Thanks.

- Druid

Thanks, John.

-- Lynne, New Zealand - Crikey, Aussie is another country, Bro.

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