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Project by Triumph1 posted 11-14-2016 01:38 PM 1987 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I signed up to do a skate deck for a skate deck art exhibit, Decked Out, that is opening this Friday (11/18/16). This is my first non-house-oriented piece after getting the new shop up and running. I really wanted to showcase the material instead of just painting a picture on the board. The process started by sourcing an American made 7-ply hard maple deck. I traced the outline of the skate deck onto tracing paper and then started sketching my overall design. I knew I wanted to do bio-mechanical design from the start. Once done with the overall design I transferred the entire design onto a large sheet of paper and used spray adhesive to apply it to the skate deck. I used forstner bits to drill the main holes and after that it was all scroll saw work. Once all the negative space was cut away I started in on the carving using a Foredom, rasps and carving knives. Many hours of sanding finished the woodworking portion of it. To make the skate deck one cohesive surface and really show off the carving I painted it with two coats of primer and flat black paint.

Oh…and many people have asked…no, it is not skateable. Well…unless you weigh under 20 lbs:) With so much material being removed it was designed to be a wall art. I did want to have some pictures of it with wheels and trucks and was lucky enough to have a local skate shop loan me some for the shoot.

If anyone is in the Chicago area and would like to see the exhibit it opens November 18th (6-10pm) at the 4Art Space (#403) in the Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th St. The exhibit goes on until December 16th

I hope everyone is doing great!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#1 posted 11-14-2016 01:45 PM

Very different, Jeff, but I like it!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 11-14-2016 01:45 PM

It looks like made of metal, realy good work. You have some great maschine to make it also.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 11-14-2016 01:59 PM

I like it but I thought it was metal too! I figured you re-purposed an old cast iron grate or something. Great idea anyway. Thanks for sharing!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#4 posted 11-14-2016 02:37 PM

Love it.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#5 posted 11-14-2016 02:53 PM

Your talent is surpassed only by your imagination Jeff.
Very creative and definitely ART.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#6 posted 11-14-2016 03:34 PM

I know some teenagers that would love to have it, skatable or not.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#7 posted 11-14-2016 05:06 PM

Beautiful work!

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#8 posted 11-14-2016 06:02 PM

That is so cool.

Good for you,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 11-14-2016 06:28 PM

Very cool. Awesome design. Too bad it’s not skateable. Maybe you could try make a laminated deck with aluminum in the middle. That might make it skateable.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#10 posted 11-14-2016 08:11 PM

Thank you for the nice comments guys. Very happy you like it. I am excited for this Friday to see what the crowd thinks. Of all skate deck shows I have seen they are made up of 99% painted boards…it will be interesting to see how they like a carved one.

Tyvekboy…I would love to see something like this that you could skate. I believe it would have to get much thicker even if a high strength aluminum was used. I picture someone dressed as the Alien or Predator skating it!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#11 posted 11-15-2016 01:38 AM

Creative. Beautiful. Definitely unique! Nice work.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#12 posted 11-15-2016 01:26 PM

Thinking plasma cutter and some steel. Although, it wouldn’t make it onto this format. It might also take someone’s head off if it got away if it was made of metal. It looks so much like a big beetle. I’m betting someone comes up with a metal version of this and it sells like crazy.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#13 posted 11-16-2016 02:11 PM

Thank you FloridaArt and Nomercadies. Oh how I wish a company would want to manufacture a board like this. Sign me up to help them develop it!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#14 posted 11-21-2016 03:55 PM

I did not connect you here with your Instagram feed. I like both of y’alls work.

I say polycarbonate (bulletproof glass). Probably would have to sand the top surface to reduce the slippery surface.

Don’t know if you can post a link here… but if so…

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#15 posted 11-22-2016 12:47 AM

cool design and wicked execution of the plan, looks great!

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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