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Did you know that Sugar Maple, grown in northern Canada is the best skateboard building material available? It is 10% stronger than maple grown in the North Eastern States. It is all because of our longer, colder Canadian winters.
If it's snowing in your part of the country and you can't longboard ..... BUILD THEM!
Try out a cabinet scraper for taking glue and paint off of a deck.
Be prepared! When laminating any skateboard remember to have all your tools at hand. All glues have a wet time. Some are longer than others. Titebond III has one of the longest wet times, 9 minutes as opposed to 4 or 5 for regular water based woodworking glues. That extra 4 minutes makes a big difference when gluing up a deck.
For dancers that are longer than 48" you can offset 1/16" maple veneers as you laminate your deck. Butting them end to end works great. Make sure the offset of veneers is at least 16" apart.
Use a vacuum cleaner to evacuate most of the air from a TAP bag before using the manual pump.
Always use the same paint brand when painting your deck. Different paint brands are sometimes incompatible with one another.
After purchasing veneers by mail, let your veneers acclimatize to the moisture content of your shop for a couple of days before laminating them into a deck.
Keep unfinished decks out of anywhere there is a lot of heat. The outer layers are prone to cracking. Apply a sealer coat ASAP after sanding your deck.
After using your glue filled roller. Do not wash it out. Place it in a ziplok bag. It will last for weeks and be charged with glue for your next build.
Water based glue makes maple veneer more flexible. Applying water to tight bends on the top and bottom of the outer two layers will make it easier to achieve tighter bends.
Apply clear packing tape onto your foam mold to protect it from glue while pressing.
Category Archives: Schools
List of schools building skateboards.
Outdoor Education/Shop teacher
The shop is called CA Cycle but tuning and donating bikes is just a small part of what we do. My kids learn to tune skis and snowboards, they learn basic woodworking skills building birdhouses, they make furniture out of bike parts and skis, they build skateboards and customize logos for them, they string rackets and more…
Craig Morrisson at the TDSB, teaches students at the Oasis Alternative Secondary School in Toronto Canada. Over the last number of years Craig has developed a great program called the Oasis Skateboard Factory.
LONGBOARD COLLECTIVE Hanover High School
Being a teacher I was particularly interested in the Longboard Collective 4 day deckbuilding course. Their decks were built using solid wood, cut and shaped into beautiful cruisers. KevinLavign says the event will be run for a second year, this March. Their blog and website is full of great pictures and information about the build.