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Home Made Boards (6187 Posts)
Topic Home Made Boards
On 9/16/1997 Billy Shain wrote in from ()

My boards are made of clear plexiglass. They are about 24 inches long
and they rip! I sandblast designs in them and they are called Billboards.
I will hopefully start selling them in the next few years so check your local
surfshop.

 
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On 9/11/1997 Robert Wallace wrote in from ()

I made my first longboard which is 42 5/8 long and 8 1/2 wide. I was considering using Sylica sand or clear grip tape for grip. What should I use? Ialso wnt to know where I shold place my trucks at? I hope someone can help me.

P.S. Longboarding rules!!!

 
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On 9/6/1997 Bryce kim wrote in from ()

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


BRYCE KIM
LAWAI KAUAI
HAWAII

 
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On 9/6/1997 Bryce kim wrote in from ()

I JUST FINISHED WAS IT IS GOING TO BE THE LONGEST SKATEBOARD IN HISTORY. IT IS 103 1\2 FEET LONG AND ONLYABOUT 3 FEET WIDE. AND BECAUSE IT WAS SO LONG ME AND MY FRIEND HAD TO USE ALL THE OLD AND SOME NEW WHEELS THAT HAD AND HAD TO COLLECT FROM OTHER SKATERS AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD MOST OF THEM WERE EVEN GENEROUS ENOUGH TO GIVE THEIR TRUCKS TO US ALSO . WHEN WE WERE DONE COLLECTING ALL THE WHEELS WE CAME UP WITH ABOUT 68 WHEELS 27 TRUCKS. WE HAD TO GO ASK THIS GUY NAMED BINGO FOR SOME EXTRA OLD BEATUP TRUCKS. WE LIVE OUT HERE IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE SO I CAN JUST KEEP IT ANYWHERE WANT AS I DONT BLOCK THE GARAGE. WHEN WE DONE WE GAVE IT A TEST DRIVE AND WE WENT AROUND A 1/2 A MILE UNTIL WE REALIZED WE'D BETTER START HAULING THAT THING BACK UP THE HILL. FEW DAYS WE WERE RIDING THE NEW BOARD WHEN THE COPS STOPPED US AND THEY CONFISCATED MY BOARD. I SO FRICKIN MAD THAT I FALSE CRACKED HIM RIGHT IN HIS JAW, HE FELL AGAINST HIS CAR AND THEN HIS PARTNER WHO WAS LOOKING ON MADE LIKE HE WAS GOING TO PULL A GUN ON ME SO I STOPPED AND THEY TOOK ME AWAY AND I GOT CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING A POLICE OFFICER AND I GOT HOUSE ARREST FOR TWO MORE DAYS NOW. THOSE COPS MADE ME WATCH AS THEY TOOK MY BOARD TO LOCAL LUMBER YARD AND GINDED IT FOR WOOD CHIPS. BUT I DIDN'T CARE BECAUSE THE COP THAT I PUNCHED WAS TRYING TO MAKE ME FEEL LIKE CRAP BY LAUGHING AT ME BUT HE BECAUSE WAS BROKEN AND HE COULDN'T LAUGH. SO THERE THAT'S MY STORY AND IT ALL HAPPENED IN TWO DAYS AND IT WAS MOST WASTEFUL TWO DAYS IN MY WHOLE LIFE.

 
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On 9/2/1997 John Avea wrote in from ()

Just finished my new board; it's 38" long and 8" wide
at the widest point with a narrow tail and nose.
I used 1/2 inch ply from a Norwegian birch
packing crate and then used another 3/8" thick piece (screwed
& glued) to reinforce and tune in the right amount of flex.
Sanded a little & varnish for sealing and grip tape (ugly but quick).
I took the trucks/wheels of my old board I haven't used
in about five years (I'm an old guy). I could have gone
and blown the bucks on a brand new set up, but I had a better
time doing it myself in about eight hours. Total cost was less
than $15 for new screws/nuts (don't be cheap here) and grip tape.
I took my first run down a BIG hill out front of my house
(Steeper than 190th street in Redondo Beach, CA but shorter).
I started two/thirds up and still scared the crap out of myself
the first time but it felt great and my wife had a great time laughing at me.
It felt great riding again (Like the first time
in the Channel or Barbituate Bowl - P.V.). Anyway, make yer own and
enjoy!

 
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On 9/2/1997 tigger wrote in from ()

i just took a 48"0 inch piece of ply wood and carved it out
and i put some mack trucks on with bones wheels and put
a boogie boarding sticker on and went down to the
local skate shop and put some grip tape on.




(he did a crapie job:-()

 
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On 8/27/1997 KENNETH A KEIZER wrote in from ()

48"X3/4 POPLAR THE BEST WOOD YOU WILL EVER WORK WITH. IF YOU LIKE A STURDY BOARD THAT LOOKS TOTALLY BITCHEN THIS IS YOUR DECK..TRUST ME HAULIN ASS IS WHAT I LIVE FOR AND THESE BOARDS GETIT ON .!!! THE FAT OLD KRYPTONICS >.. WITH SOME (9" INDEPENDENTS) I'M TALKIN ABOUT A SICK ASS OLD SCHOOL LOOK THAT WILL IMPRESS EVERY ONE,AND FILL YOUR NEED FOR SPEED. OH YA, ONE OTHER TRICK I WOULD'NT SHARE WITH ANYONE IS THE DECK SURFACE. TAKE SOME GOOD POYURETHANE CLEAR LAY A EVEN COAT AND EVENLY SPRINKLE SOME SILICA SAND ON THE DECK LOAD IT WITH MORE CLEAR .(IMPORTANT TO LET IT DRY COMPLETELY YOU WILL NEVER HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT TAPEIN AGAIN) ALSO YOU CAN LAY SOME KILLER GRAPHICS OR WHAT EVER AND YOU CAN SEE IT JUST FINE .SO ALL YOU LONGBOARD SHAPIN NO HELMET WEARIN SHORT SPORTIN DOWN HILL SMOKIN MOTHA FUCKERS REMEMBER ONE THING. IT WAS A COOLASS CAT OUTA SAN DIEGO CALIFORNIA THAT TURNED YOU ON TO THE MOST INSANE FUNASS TIME YOU WILL EVER HAVE....WHAT EVER YOU DO DON'T LET YOUR CHICK TOSS OUT YOUR SKATE,! SOMEONE WILL SUFFER..!!!!!!!! SEE YA DOG.. SAN DIEGO

 
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On 8/20/1997 HOMEGROWN wrote in from ()

TO BUILD ADOWNHILL BOARD IT MUST FIT THE RIDER.
LONGER IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER.
i HAVE HAD ALOT OF SUCCESS WITH 28-35IN.
FIBERGLASS AND WOOD COMBOS ARE GREAT THEY LET YOU ADJUST THE FLEX.
TO HOW YOU RIDE .

THERE ARE ALSO ALOT OF PLASTIC/ EPOXY BLENDED MATERIALS THAT ARE FANTASTIC.
i START WITH A SHAPE THAT WILL FIT MY FEET AND STANCE THEN ADAPT A SHAPE TO FIT. THEN MESS WITH THE MATERIALS.
WHEELS ARE ESENTIAL OLD KRYPTOS ARE THE BEST TO STICK, SIMS STREETS ARE ALSO GOOD.
BUILD IT FAST.

SEE YA ALL IN PALOS VERDES.

 
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On 8/18/1997 Jeff Carlisle wrote in from ()

All I did was tooka 2 X 4 and cut it so it was 51 inches long.
then I got a bottle of black spray paint ,and spray painted it black.
After that I drilled holes for the trucks. Then I screwed the tucks in,and
put the wheels on the trucks. Last I found a Steve Caballero
sticker laying around so I put it on the bottom side of my very
own longboard.It turned out to be pretty rad.

 
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On 8/16/1997 Rick wrote in from ()

I'm making a longboard and I just put my own customized sticker on that I made on the computer. I place the sticker on the board then put gloss over the whole board including the sticker to blend it together and now it looks like it was painted on and professionally made.

 
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On 8/12/1997 Alan wrote in from ()

Whassup? Well, I got my boards cut out and sanded and stuff, they look awesome!!!!!!!!!! I am now drilling holes for the trucks.

For my board with holes in it, today me and my dad went to play it again sports and bought a sweet old school board. It is a Santa Cruz Correy O'Neille, and it rides better than any other skateboard I have ever rode. It has these 67mm wheels on it with Independant trucks with 2 risers put together under the front trucks, and 1 bigger and wider one on the back, so its level. The board six years ago would have been about $120, but we bought it for $34.99. We bought it to use the trucks and wheels on it for my homemade board with holes in it. Tomorrow I will drill the holes in it, paint it, and put the trucks on it(if I get all that done).

later

 
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On 8/11/1997 Alan wrote in from ()

I am recently making two boards. One is 48 inches long and 9 inches wide at widest point. It is made out of 5/8 inch multi-ply wood. It is shaped like "Soulboards" for downhill. The other is 43 inches long and 11 1/2 inches wide at widest point. It is shaped like a snowboard with a flat back end, with holes so that the wheels dont scratch. It is made out of 5/8 inch baltic birch.

So far so good, Im at the stage of cutting my deck(s) out of the wood now and Im just wondering where I get wheels and trucks for them. Would regular skateboard wheels and trucks work? Please respond.

later

 
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On 8/10/1997 Summer wrote in from ()

I made a killer board out in L.A. this summer. I curved it
using five different lengths of 1/8 inch ply. This baby howls
down the freeway. I was arrested for going fifty in a school
zone. I cussed those pigs out!! It felt good

 
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On 8/10/1997 Dave wrote in from ()

I am currently making a longboard(~48") out of 9-ply 1/2" birch
and have heard of several methods to get a permanent curve
out of the wood: with steaming or soaking(?!). Any help from
those of you who have made concave/kick tail cruiser boards?
Any forms necessary to get the curve? I've heard of using
pipes and clamps, but this seems a little hokey for me. I'm
planning on going whole-hog with this board, even doing some
decorative wood inlay (rosewood/purpleheart). ANY suggestions
on any of this wouldbe greatly appreciated.... I will return e-mails.

 
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On 8/7/1997 gabe heter wrote in from ()

I want to make a 60in. and read that 5/8in. baltic birch is good but could only find 1/2in. and I'd like to not have to mess with glueing a 1/8in. piece on. any help?

 
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On 8/5/1997 Todd wrote in from ()

I'm sorta a beginner shaperand i would like to know if anyone tell me how to make a kick tail and concave and convex on a board.
thanks,

 
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On 7/18/1997 Grant Fuller wrote in from ()

I just completed my first longboard. 41" long x 9" at its widest point. Made of 5/8 "11 ply birch.
Its got cutouts for the wheels to stop catching.
And was dead easy to make if you have a jig-saw and a bit of time.
The ply I used seems to have a perfect flex when this length and combined with the kryptonics route 62's and 7 1/2" hangered trucks and 1/4 inc risers, gives superb handling characteristics. I took the advice of Dane in this group and curved off the edges using a sanding bit in my drill. This sure gives a really professional look to to the finished deck.
I thing I might have a go at producing a desck with a canber , tail and concave next time using multiple glued sheets of 2 ply. Anyone have any experionce of doing this?? please mail me.
Oh by the way the total cast for the board was about £8 ($12). If I had wanted to but a deck in the UK I would be looking at between £60-£90. Its gotta be worth it.
Bye for now .. i'm off snowboarding in austria (in july... you gotta love glaciers!!!!)

 
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On 7/13/1997 Guillaume Darbonne (french) wrote in from ()

I made a board with an old snow board
I didn't find any other boards as fle than mine
the board is a 4 years old Morrow Spon nose model
And going down Champs Elysee is the best place in Paris (on the rigt side)

 
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On 7/11/1997 Trevman wrote in from ()

You can widen many kinds of trucks by knocking out the axle with a hammer and shoving in a threaded rod of the same size. You can then attach the trucks to a huge board-mine is nearly the size of a surf board, but if you put in an axle too long it will inevitably break. Keep the length to a maximum of 10". HAVE LOTS OF FUN!

 
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On 6/20/1997 Kris Miyasato wrote in from ()

1/2" plywood, waterproofed and stained.Put old school
Gullwing trucks and Simms soft street wheels (mondo wide).
super stiff yet turns really well, great noserider and
lots of walking room.

A big TIP for those of you who use old trucks, use shaved
angle pads, and get new rubbers, after I put real soft Donut
brand rubbers (the blue colored ones are the soft ones) There
was a huge improvement in turning smoothness and sharpness!!

 
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On 6/3/1997 David Sweatman wrote in from ()

I didn't have the money for a real longboard, so I got my
oldschool single kick shortboard and totally loosened the
trucks. Over each of the wheels I got my jigsaw and cut
out the wood coming in contact with the wheels when the board
is fully turned. It provides a totally new experience similar
to snowboarding. Great for steep hills, but you have to keep it
slow because you are prone to vicious death wobbles. Riding
takes a while to learn but as you gain confidence there is
nothing more pleasurable. It is a great cheap challenge worth
converting your old 80's board for.

 
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On 5/12/1997 sean abel wrote in from ()

found a great cruiser shape, 42 1/2 inches long,
slight taper at rear, slight point in front, 8
or nine inches at the widest... you could use oak,
maple, cherry, mohogany, ash or walnut, some
kryptonic c-70's and your set for cruisin...
never used grip tape on the three i've ridden
(only made on of them) but the ride was fat..
i suggest you make yo' own board, kid....

 
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On 4/22/1997 Tristan wrote in from ()

I just made my firs home made for cruising and it is very
smoth rideing it has perfect flex. I used 3/4 10 plie wood it
was scrap and only cost me 4$. I stained it and varnished it I
recomend anyone to build there own.

 
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On 4/10/1997 the Dane wrote in from ()

A quality home made deck is almost unbeatable because the
shaper has complete control of the size, flex, and shape of
the board as well as the color and design. A person can also
choose a piece of quality hard wood or ply wood. They can
also use different coverings instead of grip tape such as
brushed stainless steel or aluminum or some scrap carpet or
other kinds of floor coverings laying around the house.
Another nice touch is to router the edges and give it a good
stain. I recomend as choice wood 3/4" 15 ply Finlandian
birch.

 
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On 3/8/1997 Daryl Smith wrote in from ()

I made my first (and as yet only) longboard last year by nailing together 3 broken bits of regular skate decks. You may laugh.. I certainly did (thats why I made it) BUT IT RIPS. Its pretty flexible, but it has turned me on intensely. The "real" kick-tail and nose lets me cruise around my local concrete heaven like I never have before. I been boosting huge backside ollies off the mogul when I've never even dared any backside ollies before. ....Something magic

 
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