SO, you want to know how to build a skateboard. If you are under 20 years old and want to learn how to ride a skateboard, this article can help you learn how to do so. Now that you are ready to assemble the perfect skateboard, you should put some time aside. You might want to watch instructional videos before you get started, so you can get a good idea of how to do it. One complete skateboard ready for assembly is all that you will need. Instructions will be provided, as will a list of tools you will need.
Before you begin threading bolts into the boards, though, there are some other things that you should have on hand. One complete skateboard ready for assembly is going to require about two and a half pounds of weight, including the deck itself. If you weight less than two pounds, the skateboard may not be sturdy enough, and you may find that the trucks and wheels give way under stress. If you wait more than two pounds, the wheels and trucks will not provide enough stability to get you up a hill. So, what type of skateboards you can safely try to assemble?
There are several different types of skateboard. The most popular ones are freestyle, urban, half-pipe and downhill. If you want to know how to build a skateboard, you first have to decide which category your board falls under. You could try to use freestyle trucks and wheels, but they are not very stable. Using a Half Pipe or vert would be a better choice for beginners.
Next, you will need o-rings, trucks, wheels and bearings. The o-rings are the concave hollow cones that fit around the axle of the wheels, and the trucks are the concave hexagonal shapes with one end pointed forward. The wheels and bearings are the flat shaped parts on the bottom of the skateboard. Grip tape is a substance that are sprayed on the skateboard, and it holds the wheels in place while they roll. Grip tape also helps keep your feet on the ground.
Your first project will be a half-pipe for skaters. Skateboard builders refer to this as a “half-pipe.” You will need an old utility knife and some black spray insulation. Also, some rope and a hook and loop tape measure are good items to have handy.
A: Set up your saw and start by ripping the plywood to create the “half-pipe” frame for your skateboard. Drill a hole into the plywood, and then attach a piece of rope to the other end of the plywood. The rope will serve as a guide for your cutting into the plywood to fit the right size of the half-pipe. This will make cutting easier.
B: Screw the plywood together with two 2x4s, each running parallel to the other. Start with two of your skateboards, each on different sides of the 2x4s. Fit the skateboards on each corner, and fasten the two 2x4s with two screws. You can choose from pocket holes or anchor holes, depending on what kind of grip tape you want to use.
C: Start putting the nuts on the skateboard with a putty knife. The video explains how to do this step by step. Once all the nuts are put in, the next step is to attach the “end panels.” Fasten them onto the skateboard by using a putty knife and nails. You need about eight panels, depending on how tall your skateboard is.
D: Cut a piece of plywood that is one inch longer than the width of the skateboard. Use a hacksaw to cut this piece. This will serve as the bottom part of the complete skateboard. It’s important that the part of the skateboard that doesn’t touch the ground is done last so that you can keep your new skateboard from shifting while it is in use. The longer part of the skateboard goes on top.
E: Lay down your skateboard as usual, and attach the wheels. Make sure that they are screwed on tightly. A strong bond needs to be created between the wheels and the rest of the skateboard, if you have decided to put a deck onto your car. If the deck is made of wood, you will want to apply another layer of glue over the wheels to help them remain on properly. If you’re using composite materials or other materials, you may want to wait until that material is completely set and dry before applying another layer of glue.
F: Once you have your skateboard assembled, you will need to glue some pieces of plywood to the bottom. This will help prevent skidding during high speeds. The top of the skateboard should also be glued, but make sure that the glue doesn’t show up on the finished surface of the skateboard. Once that part is completed, the last thing that needs to be added is the deck itself.