DIY Longboard

My daughter asked me for a longboard and I had a bunch of scraps lying around, so she got her wish! I had thin pieces of Walnut, Maple, Cherry and Poplar that were all rough cut offs from the milling process of previous projects. 

This was a super simple and fun project, I can definitely see myself making more of these. (All links below are affiliate links :)

Check out the step by step tutorial and full video below!

I also have a free template below you can print out...

Tools Used

 

The final dimensions of the board are 36" x 8.5". I made it this size because I was working around the scraps I had. If you want a different size, you can probably alter the printing settings of the template a bit. If you want these exact dimensions, make sure to select "FILL ENTIRE PAPER" in the printing settings. DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE BELOW!

Long Board Template Zip File - All Files - This is all you need, but I included the separate files below

Longboard Template Page 1

Longboard Template Page 2

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Longboard Template Page 5

Longboard Template Full View (Not to scale)

 

I started by raiding my scrap bin and cleaned up all the rough thin strips. Then I ripped them to their final width which determined the width of the board. (I made mine too thin, the board ended up only 1/2" thick, a little less than 3/4" would be perfect.)

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Then I glued all the thin strips together! Thin strips are a little finicky during glue up. It's best to use clamping cauls to ensure your glue up ends up nice and straight. (Just clamp straight boards perpendicular to your glue up)

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When printing out the template, make sure to check "Fill Entire Paper" in the printing options. 

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After the glue dried, I sent it through the planer to even it all out. This could also be done using a sander (it just takes longer). I used spray adhesive to temporarily attach the template to the cleaned up board. 

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Then got to cutting! I used my jigsaw and stayed away from my line so I could refine the shape by sanding. This could also be done on a bandsaw if you have one. 

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Sanding, lots of sanding... I used my bench top sander to refine the shape by sanding up to the template lines. You don't need a bench top sander for this. You can use whatever kind of sander you have....

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To refine the shape even more, I used a round over bit at my router table. Again, not necessary, you can just do more sanding. The router table just makes the task quicker and easier. Or you can use a trim router if you have one!

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I forgot that I left a center line on my template for a reason... It was to mark off where the trucks should be installed. So I marked off another center line. 

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I put double sided tape on the trucks to hold them in place while pre drilling the holes. 

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I finished the board with Epifanes Spar Varnish in Gloss. I chose this finish because it's meant for outdoor furniture and boats. I figured the board will be left outside a lot so an outdoor finish would be best. I did 3 coats thinning with mineral spirits less and less with each coat. Also, you need to wait 24 hours between each coat. Not the quickest finish, but I like how it looks and feels. 

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Putting on the grip tape was way easier than I thought. After rolling out all the air bubbles I used a screwdriver to score all the edges around the board. Then I took a brand new razor blade and ran it along the board at an angle to cut away the excess. Scoring the grip tape with the screwdriver made the cut a lot cleaner but it wasn't perfect. There were some places where the cut was perfect and others where it wasn't. I realized it all had to do with the angle I was holding the blade. I can tell this is one of those things you just have to practice to get perfect.

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Then I drilled through the grip tape using the same bit I used to pre-drill the holes and used a counter sink bit so the screws would sit flush with the board. 

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Last step was to screw on the trucks and wheels! (Further details on how to do that is in the video above.)

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And she loves it!

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This was such a quick and fun project, I hope I can collect more scraps to make more!