We all know how expensive it is to buy a new longboard from the market. For all the skateboarders out there, I’m sure I don’t need to explain, but for those of you who are new to skating and don’t know what a longboard is, we’ve got you covered! It is essentially a long, narrow board with wheels below for riding that is somewhat broader and longer than the standard skateboard. We have come up with a way to make your very own longboard at home! Read more to find out how it is made.
Products needed for this DIY project:
1. Plywood or any other kind of wood
3. Sanding machine
4. Natural wood stain
5. Grip tape
6. Skateboard wheelset
Let’s get started with our DIY project!
First, you need to take a piece of paper and make a rough outline that we can follow to avoid any mistakes while cutting the wood. Make it at least 40 inches long, broad at the bottom, and tapering at the end.
Once your basic design is ready on the paper, place it on the wood piece. Using a woodcutter, cut the wood along the line made on paper to make the basic structure of the board. Do this step carefully and take your time with it as the woodcutter is a sharp tool that can harm you if you are negligent.
After you are done cutting the wood, sand down the whole piece of wood so that it does not have any rough edges and has a smooth finish. To bring out the natural color and texture of the wood apply one coat of natural wood stain and leave it aside to dry.
Now it’s time to stick some grip tape on the board! This tape is usually very sticky so take your time with it. Place it on one end and work your way to the other end of the board while making sure that there are no air bubbles. Then cut the excess of the grip paper that is left hanging out.
To assemble the structure of the wheels, take one of the skateboard trucks and on one side add a washer then the wheel then another washer, and finally a nut. Repeat the same process on the other side of the truck. And repeat the same steps for attaching the wheels to the other truck. Just like this, you have two pairs of wheels ready to be installed.
With the help of the riser pads that came with the skateboard wheelset, draw some dots on both the ends of the board where you want your wheels to be placed. Once you are satisfied with the placement, drill the holes.
Once the holes have been drilled, align your riser pads and wheels with the holes and screw them in place with the help of long screws, nuts, and bolts. Make sure that your screws are long enough to fit through the depth of the board while still having some excess remaining.
Your very own longboard is now complete! you can even decorate it in any way you want or simply leave it as it is. Show it off in front of your friends and family and take it out on your next skating trip. Don’t forget to be careful and avoid busy streets while using your longboard. Enjoy your latest creation!
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