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    make your own Longboard

    all you need:
    big sheet of paper
    plywood +10mm
    powertools
    vanish
    trucks and wheels

    to start off with you need to sketch the shape of the board that you want and cut it out
    my design was about 10inches wide x 3foot 3inches long (254mm x 1030mm)




    next up pin it to you plywood and trace around the design




    then get a jigsaw and cut the design out of the plywood



    sand the edges and flats to smooth out any bumps or rough edges



    fill in any holes with putty and sand it back





    varnish both sides (or paint choice is yours) to make it look nicer and keep water out



    draw a line down the centre of the board and mark the holes where you want your trucks to go and drill them out with 5mm drill bit




    next up get some griptape, skateshops will have it
    lay it on the board making sure there are no bubbles and mark the edges




    using a razor blade carefully cut the excess grip tape away



    fit the trucks and ride the bastard



    on a final note - you might have to try different spots for the trucks to find where it feels right and suggest use 10mm or thicker ply 8mm gets a bit too flexible
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    haha thats mad, might follow this.

    how thick is the ply ?

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    Good to see another DIY longboarder

    heres mine:

    1983 Sprinter making progress

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    ^^thats awesome

    its only about 8mm thick 6ply after a fair bit of sanding
    it feels pretty flexible

    but hey as far as i see it it's only a first attempt

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    I think it will be the goods

    Mine was a fair bit longer so to make sure it wouldnt snap on me I glued two 10mm sheets of ply together lol wood and glue came from bunnings for about $20 if i remember rightly.
    1983 Sprinter making progress

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    nothing a layer of glass cant fix
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    Quote Originally Posted by shinny View Post
    all you need:
    big sheet of paper
    plywood
    powertools
    vanish
    trucks and wheels
    I cant seem to find my vanish, its dissapeared or something.

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    ^^ to be honest my vanish has a habit of disappearing on me too,
    luckily i had some varnish which was a good substitute

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    fuckin sweet, i'm makin one on sunday, good to use my old board, anyone want a $150 flip skate deck for like $80, structurally great, few scratches where some fuck head borrowed it and board slid on it

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    geez thats old school and awsome

    exact same style of thing my dad did in the 70's (surfy/hippy which is quite lol )

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