Make This Gift for Your Skater Boy or Girl
Upcycling has always been part of DIY, and now it’s growing into a movement of its own. Converse is doing its part with the CONS Project, taking place now through Spring 2015. These free, creative workshops bring in experts from the worlds of skate, art and music to inspire and energize the next generation of makers, doers and artists.
Craftsman Jason Podlaski is the founder of skateboard recycling company, Deckstool, and he brought a stack of used skate decks to a Converse "Creative Recycling" workshop in New York where people built their own upcycled stools. And of course you can make one too.
Step 1 – Get Your Decks
The stool requires 2 full or 2 3/4 skateboards for the each leg and 1 half skateboard for the seat. How much cutting you need to do depends on the condition of the decks you find. Obviously, better to have more than you need in case of damaged decks or mistakes you make.
Step 2 – Make Your Cuts and Sand
Cut both full boards (or 3/4 skateboards) to 18-inch lengths for the legs and the half board to 12 inches, ensuring the truck holes are located in the center of the board. Sand all the edges of each board to make smooth.
Step 3 – Drill Your Holes
On each leg, drill 1 hole 3/8-inch in diameter in the center of the truck holes. On the seat, drill out the existing 4 truck holes on seat to fit the long bolts.
Step 4 – Attach the Truck
The truck acts as the hub to hold the whole thing together. The axle stretches between the two legs and the baseplate holds on the seat. Because of where the truck sits, the baseplate doesn’t actually contact the seat – that’s why you need the long bolts.
Insert each side of skateboard truck axle through holes drilled into each leg. Secure them from opposite side with a lock nut. Attach the stool seat to the truck with the long bolts and lock nuts. To keep everything even and straight, don't over tighten the nuts and bolts. Do it a bit at a time, alternating between the lock nuts on the legs and the bolts on the seat until stool is firm and secure.
Step 5 – Sit on It
That's it. You've made a stool. Give it to your skater.