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I've been doing carpentry in school and teaching younger children carpentry basics for a long time. Most of my work involved only wood, and I've always wanted to experiment more with mixed media. I started coming across beautiful videos of people designing and building "River Tables" on YouTube a few years ago. These tables were made out of two slabs of wood separated in the center by a channel of solid transparent epoxy coursing its way from one end of the table to the other. Sometimes the epoxy was even mixed with pigments to make the table more colorful.

I've had some unopened epoxy pigments lying around and gathering dust for quite some time and when I saw the 'Rainbow Contest' on the Instructables page, I thought it would be a great opportunity to finally use them and fulfill my desire of working with wood and epoxy!

I've also always wanted to make myself a Longboard. This was the opportunity to use epoxy with pigments and build a longboard -- a cross between something to have fun with and something beautiful to enjoy.

I go out many times in the evening to cycle or roller-blade, and I thought it would be nice to make the deck glow-in-the-dark as well. The phenomenon know as 'Phosphorescence' is the property of a material/element to absorb radiation from a source (in our case mainly the sun) and slowly, over a long period of time, emit all the absorbed radiation in the form of light. If you're interested in the physics behind this, check out this site.

The difference between a Skateboard and a Longboard?

  • Longboards are meant more for smoothly cruising at higher speeds for longer distances whereas skateboards are meant more for quick acceleration and performing stunts.
  • Kicktails are bends at the extremities of skateboard decks, allowing the rider to perform such stunts and tricks. Most longboards on the other hand have simple flat decks.

This 44 inch longboard deck is made out of two long pieces of wood and epoxy. The epoxy pigments were used to color it the way I did. The coloring can be done in any way, even in your favorite color if you want so feel free to play around with the pigments. Making the deck glow in the dark is again up to you.

It was my first time working with this quantity of epoxy, and I was worried initially whether a combination of wood and epoxy would be enough to support a human weight. With trust in expert opinion, the end the results turned out to be great and the longboard has been carrying both me and my brother without any problem for the past 2 weeks. The epoxy even gives the deck the perfect amount of flex!

In this Instructable I hope to give you an idea of how to use epoxy and wood to make a sturdy colorful longboard that is both something visually distinctive and usable. If you don't think you'll ever go longboarding, you can use this concept and shape it instead into a counter-top, serving tray or anything you want or think you'll use! It turned out so well that I hope to make a few table coasters with this method soon!

This longboard turned out to be quite inexpensive as well. A regular commercial longboard could cost you anything from 100$ upwards. I ended up spending about 55$ for the entire project!

I suggest you watch the video above while going through the isntructable to give you a better visual understanding.

Please don't forget to drop a vote in the 'Rainbow Contest' if you liked this project. Feel free to leave any questions in the comment section below. Happy making! :)

Step 1: Choosing and Printing Your Longboard Template

There are many many great longboard templates out on the internet. I chose to go with a 'pintail design' by Gorden & Smith from the Fiberflex series.

This step shows you how to make an outline of your template on Photoshop, to resize it and print it out.

If you like the template I used:

You can skip this step. I've attached the Photoshop file of the template below. Go ahead and print it in full size and keep it aside for later. If you like the template but want a different length or width, feel free to adjust the "image size" (refer to the next section on how to do this) in Photoshop of the attached file.

If you want to use a different template:

There are quite a few lovely longboard designs available online. I found mine by by simply searching for "Longboard templates" on google. Keep scrolling until you find something you like. Remember you need a picture of the longboard design from a top view. (Follow the following steps and refer to the pictures above)

  • Import the image into Photoshop
  • Use the "Quick Selection Tool" in the left panel to select the outline of your template. Do this by clicking all around the template, as close to the border as possible.
  • Create a new layer
  • Select the background layer and erase the image of your template using the "Eraser Tool" leaving only the selected outline.
  • Go to Select > Modify > Border, and set the border to about 4 pixels. You can now press 'Ctrl + D' to deselect, and you should see a line around the border of your template.
  • Next, go to Image > Image Size, and set the size to what you want. I set it to 43" long and 8.5" wide. If you don't know what size to set it to, here's a great size guide to help you out.
  • Go ahead and print the template outline in full size.
somedude141 month ago
gnarly, dude
Gastonone2 months ago
This is sooo beautiful..
I'm tempted to make one as well, even though I am 52 years.
Really nice!
DyumanA (author)  Gastonone2 months ago
Thanks :)
You’re never too old!
I just love how you combined the wood and colored epoxy for this :D
DyumanA (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 months ago
Thanks :)
paticheri2 months ago
Wow!! This is so beautiful! The colour gradient displayed is fabulous. I’m sure one of my sons would love one of these. Thanks for sharing :)
DyumanA (author)  paticheri2 months ago
Thank you so much! Glad you like it.