Building Your Own Skateboard Deck

It can be easy to build your own unique skateboard deck. Follow the simple steps below for a fun and creative project.

Tools and Materials

  • Jigsaw
  • 9 Maple Sheets
  • Sand Paper
  • Wood Glue
  • Paint
  • Marker
  • Primer
  • Paint Brushes
  • Varnish

Step 1: Purchase the Sheets

To begin, purchase the maple sheets according to your requirement. Select 9 maple sheets that to measure about 15 cm in length when held together.

Step 2: Glue the Sheets

Apply wood glue to the sheets and attach the sheets together to form a board. Allow the sheets to dry for few hours.

Step 3: Cut the Board

Depending on your requirement, cut the board to the desired length and width using the jigsaw. Usually, the boards measure 30 to 34 inches in length and 7 to 9 inches in width. Choose the measurement that suits you the best.

Step 4: Shape to the Deck

You can either freehand the curves of your deck on the wood or borrow a friend's skateboard to get a better idea. Use a marker to mark the curves on the deck.

Step 5: Sand

Next, cut the deck should along the marked lines. Sand the rough edges to smooth them.

Step 6: Paint

Now the deck looks curvy, but the only element missing is the paint. Use the paint brush to coat the deck with a primer. then add color to the board by coating it with the base color of your choice.

Step 7: Add Graphics

Accessorize your deck with cool graphics either by printing them out on a computer and sticking them to your skateboard deck or drawing the designs by hand.

Step 8: Finish Up

Finish the deck by applying 1 or 2 coats of varnish. Now allow the deck to dry for a few hours before you attempt to use it.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not allow children below the age of 15 to perform this task on their own. Adult supervision is necessary.
  • Add graphics before installing the wheels and the trucks to the skateboard.