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Project by Randall Sly posted 05-01-2013 10:03 AM 1587 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a story of how 5 minuets in a parking lot feels like hours to an eight year old.

I’m a family guy (or I’ve tried to be) that being said 4 of my children are boys and at any given time one or all of them were into skate boards. I had both a wood and metal shop and made them racks, ramps, boxes and grind rails, whatever I could to help. I believe the thing I made them that they enjoyed the most was my time and that required a board of my own.

I started with a store bought long board but it just didn’t express my style. Next came aluminum as suggested by one of my sons. Hand cut 3/8” structural flat plate with routed finger grips and tail details powder coated in a metallic blue. It’s Heavy weighing in at 19 lbs, and built to be a rocket, we could sell tickets to ride this thing.

I’m not one to build cutting boards but I took the same design from the aluminum body and after much lamination and strategical biscuit joinery fashioned another. The board is comprised of 13 pieces; maple, birch, cherry and oak (if memory serves me). The boys then suggested it was in need of a logo of some sort, I thought a simple inlay of teak and a simple finish of tongue oil would suffice (excluding the areas covered with clear grip tape). It has surprising flex and yet remains in tact even after a few wet weather excursions.

This is really 3 projects when you look at the picture as now I was in need of storage. A very simple rack made of pine and since it was to display in my office it had to have the sophistication of cedar inlays and a lower shelf for photos and such. The display became quite a conversation piece, I suspect it may here as well. Thank you for looking.

-- I could retire nicely if I could sell my experience for what it cost me.

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#1 posted 05-01-2013 12:03 PM

Boy oh boy, skateboarding sure has changed since I was a kid.
I remember my first skate board was an old metal (clamp on style) skate tied to a piece of 2X4 with shoestrings! We rode that up and down the sidewalks for almost a year before I got a “Store bought” one :-)

Nice job

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#2 posted 05-01-2013 01:12 PM

Cool looking boards. How did the ride of wood version differ? The neck down at the rear wheels should be a lot springier for the wood than the aluminum.

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#3 posted 05-01-2013 10:58 PM

Chris, The flex is mid board (with 150 – 160 lb rider) which is surprising at all considering it’s a cutting board with wheels.

-- I could retire nicely if I could sell my experience for what it cost me.

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#4 posted 05-02-2013 07:45 AM

Great projects! That wooden board is nice. I have been skating for almost 20yrs and only just got a long board. It’s a completely different ride but a hell of a lot of fun. What angle did you go with for the slots? My son has started up now so between the 2 of us we have quite the collection and I want to build something similar. Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 05-03-2013 03:51 PM

Super cool skate boards and rack! Great that you can create something that your sons enjoy. Best Dad ever!

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