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How to make a custom skateboard or a longboard?

Creating a custom skateboard can be a fun and rewarding project. Here's how I approach the process so you can use this guide to build you own custom deck:

First, you need materials:

  • Deck: You can either buy a blank skateboard deck or create your own using plywood or ply veneers. Standard skateboard decks are usually made of 7-9 layers of maple plywood.
  • Grip Tape: Grip tape is the rough, sandpaper-like surface that goes on top of the deck for better traction. It comes in various designs and colors.
  • Trucks: These are the metal T-shaped components that attach to the underside of the deck and hold the wheels.
  • Wheels: Choose wheels based on your preferred size and hardness.
  • Bearings: Bearings are the small metal cylinders that fit inside the wheels, allowing them to spin. ABEC ratings indicate the precision of the bearings.
  • Hardware: These are the bolts and nuts used to attach the trucks to the deck.

Now, the tools:

  • Razor blade or box cutter
  • Skateboard hardware (nuts and bolts)
  • Skateboard tool or a wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill with the appropriate drill bit


    • Design Your Deck:
      • I use a graphic design software (such as Adobe Illustrator) to create my custom deck shape for a unique look. Once it’s done I create a deck using baltic birch ply in my press. 
      • After the blank is ready it’s time to cut the deck out of a blank.
      • Keep in mind the size and shape of a standard skateboard deck (usually around 8 inches wide and 31-32 inches long).
    • Apply Grip Tape:
      • Peel off the backing of the grip tape and carefully apply it to the deck, smoothing out any bubbles or wrinkles.
      • Use the razor blade to trim the excess grip tape by running it along the edge of the deck.
    • Cut the Grip Tape:
      • Use the razor blade to cut around the edge of the deck, following its shape.
  • Create Truck Holes:
    • Place the trucks on the deck and mark the truck holes on the grip tape.
    • Use the screwdriver or drill to create holes for the trucks.
  • Attach Trucks:
    • Mount the trucks onto the deck using the hardware.
    • Tighten the nuts securely but not overly tight.
  • Install Wheels and Bearings:
    • Insert bearings into the wheels.
    • Attach the wheels to the trucks, ensuring they spin freely.
  • Adjust Trucks:
    • Use a skate tool or wrench to adjust the tightness of the trucks according to your preference.
  • Final Check:
    • Ensure all nuts and bolts are securely tightened.
    • Double-check that the wheels spin freely.

Your custom skateboard is now ready to ride! Personalizing your skateboard not only gives you a unique ride but also adds a creative touch to your gear. Adjustments to trucks and wheels can be made based on your riding style and preferences. Always wear appropriate safety gear, including a helmet, when skateboarding.

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