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This summer, we decided to build our first Longboard. Jaimie had never ridden a longboard before and while Jay has been a skater for most of his life, he'd never actually built a board from scratch either. We decided it was a perfect project for us. Whether you're a longtime longboarder or want to get into it for the first time, we hope this Instructable will help inspire you to build your own board.

We recommend watching the video above to follow along as you read through the steps.

What kind of Longboard is this?

It's a straight, hardwood deck with some flex but not much. We're aware that a lot of longboards have a lot of flex and have a curved shape that allows for carving, etc. but we were not worried about that for our first build. After riding it for the past half a year, it's still holding up perfectly and is a ton of fun to ride.

How hard is this project?

If you have some basic woodworking tools, you should have no problem following along with this build. Read on to see the tools and materials we used.

Step 1: The Tools, Materials & Hardware

Picture of The Tools, Materials & Hardware
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The materials for this build are fairly simple and easy to find. We used some offcuts we had laying around the shop for the wooden deck. You should easily be able to replace the wood we used with anything you have on hand. Just keep in mind if you use a softwood (e.g. pine, cedar) it can and will break easily. We recommend using hardwood for this style of build (e.g. oak, walnut, maple).

During the build, we use quite a few tools because we have access to them. Most of the tools can be swapped out for something you have and we try to list other options for tools in each step. For example, the jointer and planer are completely optional and if you don't have a bandsaw to cut out the profile of the skateboard you can easily use a jigsaw instead!

Materials

  • Hardwood Strips (We used walnut, sapele, and maple)
  • Wood Glue (Preferably water-resistant for outdoor use)
  • Black Spray Paint
  • Polyurethane (Spray Can)
  • Spray Adhesive

Skateboard Hardware

  • Gullwing Sidewinder II Trucks
  • Bones REDS Bearings
  • Orangatang 4President 70mm Wheels
  • Independent Hardware (1.25")
  • Clear Grip Tape

Tools

  • Band Saw (OPTIONAL)
  • Table Saw (OPTIONAL)
  • Jointer (OPTIONAL)
  • Planer (OPTIONAL)
  • Clamps
  • Chisel (OPTIONAL)
  • Sandpaper
  • Spokeshave (OPTIONAL)
  • Bench vise (OPTIONAL)
  • Inventables X-Carve CNC Machine (OPTIONAL)
  • Photoshop
  • Printer
  • Utility Knife
  • Pencil
  • Screwdriver

-Atlantics-27 days ago
This is insane! for further reference, what was the approximate overall price?
WickedMakers (author)  -Atlantics-27 days ago
Thanks! Probably about $200, with almost all of that going to the trucks and wheels. The wood doesn't cost much at all. You could obviously grab some less expensive trucks and wheels as well if you're on a budget.
yeah, cool, thanks for that!
salmansheikh3 months ago
My only complaint is no links to the parts used. Use amazon links makes it that much easier for me to build one without having to go search for it and type In the names of things (I'm lazy)
Mikhandmaker.7 months ago
Brilliant!!
WickedMakers (author)  Mikhandmaker.7 months ago
Thanks! :)
crawfordsigns8 months ago
The board came out great, awesome job on the build. I purchased an X-Carve last year and have been learning a lot from videos like y'all make. Keep up the great work.
Russell
WickedMakers (author)  crawfordsigns8 months ago
Thanks! We have really enjoyed learning how to use the X-Carve and we're continually trying to make more and more and awesome stuff with it.
You mentioned it is easy to ride. When making/buying a longboard, what feature contributes to the ease of rider? Thank-you
WickedMakers (author)  Westmibonnieorg8 months ago
Yeah, great question. We're far from experts but generally speaking, there are a few things to consider. One is the amount of foot space you have, both in the width as well as the wheelbase (space between the trucks). If there's more room for your feet, you have a little more forgiveness in foot placement which is good for beginners. There's also the fact the shape around the nose will prevent wheel bite (when you turn too sharply and the wheels touch the wood -- it's...bad. :)

There are some amazing articles out there about Longboard Design that detail some of the ultra-complex shapes you can make for more specific/advanced things like speed and downhill riding, carving, etc. - The shape we chose is a classic, simple approach that is intended for casual riding.
jessyratfink8 months ago
That is gorgeous! I love y'all's logo - it looks so great on everything you make. :)
WickedMakers (author)  jessyratfink8 months ago
Thank you! :)
housezhu8 months ago
Love that the graphic is carved into the deck. Awesome job!
WickedMakers (author)  housezhu8 months ago
Thanks! :)