Building a Longboard

I started by gluing 3 sheets of 4mm plywood together. I deluded the wood glue with some water because it’s easier to bend wet wood into shape and this way the glue soaks the whole wood.

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After letting the glue dry overnight, I could remove the clamps:

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I found different templates on Instructables. I really like the classic shape so I printed the template, glued the pieces together, cut it and aligned it on the wood.

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I cut it with a jigsaw. A bandsaw would have been better, but you have to use the tools you have available 🙂

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After that, I sanded the board by hand and gave it smoothly curved edges. You could use a manual router for this but sanding by hand works just fine.

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After that, I made some drawings for the design I want to have on the underside of the board. I really like mountains and geometric shapes, so this is what I came up with:

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I liked the design so much that I made a negative version of it for the upper side to cut out of the grip tape.

After transferring the design to the board I used masking tape to make sure I don’t paint over the edges. I painted some of the mountains in different tones of brown (I just applied different layers of paint) and painted the blue mountain with airbrush.

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After lightly sanding it I gave it 7 coats of transparent lacquer. Since I chose very soft wood (birch plywood), I had to make sure to harden it with a lot of lacquer.

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While letting the lacquer dry I cut the negative shapes of the design out of the grip tape.

I then placed the grip tape on the board and cut the edges. After that, I could finally attach the axis and wheels. This is how the finished board looks like:

I’m super happy how the design turned out. The board looks incredible. Unfortunately, I bend the wood a little too strongly which results in very sensitive steering behavior. Instead of a chilled cruising board, it’s quite exhausting to ride it, especially since it’s the first longboard I’ve ever tried.

Maybe the next time I’ll make a cruiser board out of a flat piece of wood.

But I really enjoyed building it, especially the process of bending wood into a shape, since I tried to bend it in two directions.

Feel free to leave a comment or write me if you have inspiration and questions 🙂

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