Making your own boards is not the easy way to make the board you want to ride. S far, this board has taken me on a four year journey. It's only been together and rideable twice during that time, and has probably cost me over $1,000.00.
You may be forgiven for believing that it would be easier to just buy a board and skate it, but it isn't. The boardsmanufactured today, are the EXACT SAME atrocious piles of shit, that were produced 8 years ago. NO product advancement, no R&D, and nothing has changed.
On my boards, plenty has changed. Boards have been made lighter, stronger, thinner, and in my opinion, better. Not one part of my board fits another board. It's 100% customized. Yeah, it can really suck to only skate for two weeks or so out of a year, due to it taking money and time to produce a board, but I wouldn't change thefeeling of riding a good board for anything.
Also, can anyone really say that they know their board inside out, every cut, every design part put into the shape, etc? I do, and I love it. I finished this board today, and can't wait to ride it.
Tonigh, after about 90 minutes of sanding withan belt sander, then an orbital sander, here'snow half of a completed mould looks like. It'll be over a week before I'll get to complete the rest of the mould, by which time, my bar should be cured, then to press my new footplates.
Making my own boards takes a lot of time, and excruciatingamounts of patience, but the results are worth every second of waiting for. This board all be the first of it's kind, 100% custom, and bout from the ground up by me. It's all mine, and I love it.
The first step towards building the wooden parts of a pivotboard, or streetboard, is to produce a mould for pressing the ply. For the bar, this is relatively easy, as the bar is a flat piece of ply. I got a few pieces of 4x4 lumber, cut them to about 2.5 feet long, then stuck them together with wood glue, using some cabinet clamps.
I then put them through a surface planer, to make them dead flat, and put a piece of half inch birch plywood on either plate, to ensure a perfectly flat surface.
After a weekend in the press, finally the clamps came off, and the bar has been inspected. After a weekend in the press, the glue is still wet in places (this is normal), so now it will sit with the weight of the press on it, to prevent warping. This usually takes around 2-3 weeks, t at which point cutting of this new streetboard bar can take place.
Meannwhile, there's plenty to do. The first couple of boards were produced using a single footplate press, as I was still experimenting. The second plate I pressed was an experiment with 5 plus, that turned out to be awesome, so now, I need to make another press, which will enable me to produce two footplates at the same time. It will look a little like a small skateboard when I'm done. I'll then cut the two streetboard / pivotboard footplates and shape them. This will also take a few weeks to do, but again, lots to be getting on with.
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