Articles

How to Build Your Own Skateboard


How to Build Your Own Skateboard. A skateboard consists of three elements: the
board or deck, the wheels, and the trucks, which connect the wheels to the deck. Craft your own sweet ride by putting them
together. You will need A skateboard deck A tape measure
Grip tape A metal file A utility knife 8 bearings 2 skateboard trucks 4 skateboard wheels Axle
washers and nuts A socket wrench Mounting bolts Kingpin bolts A skate tool Riser or
shock pads A wrench A skateboard deck A tape measure Grip tape A metal file A utility knife
8 bearings 2 skateboard trucks 4 skateboard wheels Axle washers and nuts A socket wrench
Mounting bolts Kingpin bolts A skate tool Riser or shock pads and a wrench. Step 1. Pick a deck that suits your personal skating
style. Examine the wood’s flexibility. To determine which end is the nose and which
is the tail, use the tape measure to measure the distance from the predrilled holes to
each end. The nose will measure farther away from the
holes. Step 2. Cover the top of the deck with grip tape by
laying the sheet of tape carefully and evenly on the board, to prevent air bubbles. Step 3. When you are satisfied with the way the tape
lies on the board, press down on it firmly for a few seconds to lock it in place. With a utility knife, trim all of the excess
tape that is hanging over the side of the board, and file the edges with the metal file. Step 4. To assemble the wheels, remove the nut and
washer from one end of one of the truck axles, and slide a bearing onto it. Drop a wheel on top, and gently press the
wheel over the bearing until it’s covering the bearing completely. Step 5. Slip the wheel off of the axle, slide another
bearing on the axle, and slide the other side of the wheel over it until both bearings are
in place, covered by the wheel. Repeat the process for all four wheels, and
set them to one side. Step 6. Slip a washer on one of the axles, followed
by a wheel, and finally an axle nut. Tighten the nut over the axle with a socket
wrench. Don’t overtighten. Spin the wheel to make sure it spins easily. Repeat for all four wheels. For trucks that come with four washers per
axle, slip on a washer, the wheel, another washer and then the axle nut. Step 7. Using a mounting bolt or utility knife, poke
holes from the bottom of the deck through the grip tape. Turn the right side up, and slide the truck
mounting bolts through the holes in the top of the board. For added protection and flexibility, slide
a riser or shock pads on to the truck bolts before attaching the trucks. Step 8. Turn the board upside down, and slide the
trucks onto the mounting bolts, so the kingpin bolts face on each truck face each other. Use the skate tool or a wrench to tighten
all the bolts. Leave the kingpin bolts loose for easier turning;
tighten them for more stability. Overtightening the kingpins can reduce your
ability to steer around sudden obstacles. Step 9. Congratulations! You’ve got a custom skateboard. Now get riding! Did you know Originally most skateboard wheels
were made of clay, but now they’re made of more durable polyurethane.

Be the First to comment.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *