How to Build Your Own Longboard
Are you looking for a different type of adventurous journey? Don’t you know how to build a longboard? Here is one option, which will take you to another world of adventurism and thrill. Longboards if built on the guidelines enumerated below will enable you to harness a new concept of carving an affordable yet exciting gadget. A longboard is unique in its outlook and its performance on roads induces a different spirit in the boarder. Therefore, experiencing longboard is a fun unparalleled.
Putting up a longboard is not an easy task. It requires a lot of effort, whack, stamina and patience. Following are the series of steps that will help you in building your own longboard.
Step by Step Guide for Building your Own Longboard
Step 1: Cutting of hardwood
Get hardwood and cut it down in different strips with the help of joiner machine. Afterwards chop off the ends to make sure that you have square ends of the hardwood. Try to give it a finesse look. As this is the first step in building a skate board so be very cautious and vigilant. Normally longboards are made with ply woods but you should use hardwood because it is cheap and durable. Place some dark wood in the center just to make it look appealing and attractive. It will give it an artistic touch.
Step 2: Use of glue
Marks are made on the strip of woods to add biscuits. Increase the number of biscuits on the strips of wood so that when glue is applied they stick together firmly.
Step 3: Use of clamps
Once the glue is applied you have to clamp your strips of wood. This is done by using clamps. There is a thing about clamps. If you don’t have clamps buy clamps and if you have clamps buy more clamps. Clamps are applied to keep strips of wood intact. More clamps are added just to ensure that it stays intact.
Once you have achieved this take a wet cloth and wipe off as much glue as you can. It will leave you with less cleaning to do later. So, it’s better to clean while you are at it. Otherwise it will be a mess in the end because it is easier to remove wet glue than dry glue and you don’t want to waste your energy over such things.
Step 4: Designing a board
Make a template for the board so that it would be symmetrical on both sides. Purchase a brown paper and draw a longboard on it. Try to remain a little bit under 10 inches at the widest point. Draw with free hand on one side and flip the paper over. You will see the other side when you’ll flip the paper. Now trace the imaginary line which is not so imaginary as you can see it through brown paper.
Step 5: Drying of glue
Once the glue gets dry it will have a little bough on it and may be one side will be little thicker than the other. Use a planer machine and knock down the side and edges to make it look smooth.
Step 6: Using a band saw machine
Finally, put your template on the surface of wood after applying spray. Spray will help your template to stick on the wood and you can cut your wood according to your template. Use a band saw machine for cutting as it is really easy to use. Now just follow the line of your template as it will help you make an accurate longboard. For detailing use a planar machine just to smoothen the sides and edges. Some of the sides will still not be straight so again use planar machine if required. This following of lines is not an easy task but again patience is the key here.
Step 7: Use of stein and logo
To make it look mesmerizing you can use a natural stein to give the wood its natural color. Apply a logo so that it looks enchanting but do remember that you have still not placed your wheels so choose a place for logo where your wheels don’t cover your logo. This is a very common mistake. You better watch out when you are about to do this.
Step 8: Giving wheels and trucks to your ride
The trucks and wheels are very important part of this board and you can get it from amazon. It is very easy to put wheels on the truck. First put washer on one side of the truck and then the wheel and then again put washer and then a nut and afterwards tighten the nut with the help of spanner. As far as placement of truck on the board is concerned draw a centerline so that trucks are in line and mark four dots with the help of truck at top and at bottom so that trucks remain aligned. I drew holes on those dots and inserted bolt heads. As you are using a hardwood so make sure that these bolt heads are long enough to pierce through the board, up through the riser and finally making their way up the truck. Tighten these bolt heads and your ride will be ready. For someone who is professional this may not be a good board but it works fine for amateurs. There is no rocket science involved. You just have to stay focused and patient and obviously, you will be rewarded in due course of time.
You must have understood the mechanics of how to build a longboard. Different sports have different impact on development of your personality. A longboard user is sharp in employing mind and limbs coordination which is the hallmark of every good sportsman. A brilliant longboard user displays lot of energy and is envied by the non-users.