Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Whit Arnold


HOW TO: Build Your Own Skateboard

• 2/4 or 3/4 piece of wood
• Saw (electric or hand saw)
• Sandpaper (a sander if possible)
• Power drill
• 8 bolts and 8 nuts
• Screwdriver
• Pliers
• Any pair of roller skates
• Grip tape

Warning: Some of the necessary tools can be considered dangerous if not used with caution.

Board Design
1. Sketch your desired shape onto the wood.
Note: You can choose a number of different shapes, see examples on page 2, or design your own.
2. Use saw to cut out your sketched shape from wood.
3. Take sandpaper or sander to smooth all edges around cut out.

Wheels and Trucks
1. Remove trucks from roller skate with a screwdriver.
Note: The wheels will remain attached to the trucks.
2. Align trucks in an appropriate location on the bottom of your board.
Note: Remember to keep them balanced and centered.
3. Mark the holes locations for screw holes with a pencil.
4. Use drill to install eight holes.
5. Place trucks back on the board.
6. Secure trucks with your 8 bolts and 8 nuts using screwdriver and pliers.
Note: If you aren’t comfortable because they are too loose or tight adjust with the same tools.
7. Apply grip tape on the top of your new board.
Note: To customize your deck, create your own design with grip tape.
8. Now go skate with your homemade skateboard.
Note: With another piece of wood you can make another board for a friend with the trucks from the extra roller skate.

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