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In this Instructable I am going to show you how I took old trashed skateboard decks and used the wood to replace the handles on some standard utility knives.

Old skateboard decks are a great place to find some unique wool. I would love to find out more about the process on how the wood is colored.

If you are looking for a first knife project I would recommend looking for a kit as it will be much easier to put together.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Picture of Materials and Tools
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  • Old broken skateboard decks
  • screws (to replace the ones I broke taking the utility knives apart)
  • Wood finish

The tools I used on the project were as follows:

  • Cordless drill
  • Drill press
  • Screwdrivers, wrenches and pliers
  • Band saw
  • Oscillating spindle sander
  • Cordless drill
  • Sand Paper
  • Clamps

Not all of the tools in this list are required, but will make the construction much easier. Your build may need more or less than what I show.

NOTE: If you plan on using any tool for a project please make sure you are familiar with the tool and all of the dangers associated with it. If you are not familiar with a tool then you should ask someone who is to show you the proper way to use it. A lot of communities have classes at local colleges on the proper use of tools and machinery. There are also local woodworking clubs that offer classes at very reasonable rates for beginners. I highly recommend using these resources for your safety and for the most efficient use of the tool.


Always wear eye and hearing protection.
Always work safe with the proper safety equipment and guards on your tools.

BakkerJo4 months ago
Nice project! Where did you find the old skateboard decks?
stevemoseley (author)  BakkerJo4 months ago
I found a local skateboard shop and asked them if they had old boards available. Surprisingly, they actually threw most of them away.