Longboard build

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Project by BOBAH posted 07-23-2016 07:37 AM 1783 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 11 y.o. son has recently asked me for a longboard. Obviously, I didn’t consider buying – that would mean missing all the fun :-) It took us a few weeks to prepare – drive to local lumber yard for 1/8” birch plywood, order grip tape, hardware and spray paint online, pick deck shape and design, practice with spray painting over stencil. Finally, last Saturday I have built simple press to bend the deck while gluing, and glued it all up. Took another week to apply three layers of black paint, paint design and finish it with three layers of varnish, and today I have finished build with installing a grip tape and hardware.

The build is fairly simple – numerous youtube videos give an impression of a lot of tedious work involved in building a board; not so, if you’ve got bandsaw, router and belt sander. Actually gluing four layers of ply, cutting to size, routing edges, sanding, drilling, mounting hardware was super straightforward and relatively fast. The only tricky part was building a gluing press – it has to have a very sturdy base (that does not bend with the board :-)) and massive clamping hardware capable of applying a lot of force. My 1/2” clamps were barely adequate.

I used black and white spray lacquer to paint it, and satin spray spar warmish for finish.

Oh, and, apparently, after 30-years break I still remember how to ride it :-)

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#1 posted 07-23-2016 11:30 AM

Beautiful board with that black and white contrast. I like that wolf motive.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 07-24-2016 12:18 AM

Nothing like some quality father son time in the workshop some of my fondest memories! Great project!

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#3 posted 07-24-2016 03:33 AM

Wow that is a awesome job. I love the southwest design. I like making things like that. I might attempt to make one some day. Great job.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#4 posted 07-24-2016 06:41 AM

Thank you very much for the kind words guys. Didn’t realize it is southwest design – I can see it now :-)

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