I tried this last year for a school project so I have lots of experience with it and let me tell you one thing; don't get your hopes up. If you're trying to make a board to cruise around on, go for it. Get some maple wood and shape and saw it; it's pretty obvious. O, and sand it a lot. That'll work fine for a little while and its cool because you made it. But if you're looking to make a high performance board (for example like an almost, plan b, element) that you'd buy for 50 dollars in the skateshop, forget about it. To make those boards the companies get a huge heated processor that pretty much molds and burns the decks into place. That machine costs thousands of dollars and literally shapes the decks into the perfect size by pressing down against the wood on both sides for weeks. (Think about it, how else would they all be cut and shaped so identically).
Anything using water can get tricky. If the weight isn't exactly evenly despersed throughout the board, you'll end up with a warped peice of crap. Believe me, i tried so much stuff. I soaked the wood for days and put weights on it while it was wet so it would bend; it really doesn't do much at all.
In the end either make a cool custom shape with no rocker OR JUST BUY ONE!
Last edited by Xtreme*Liquidshredda; Jan 5, 2009 at 04:15 AM.
7 plys of canadian maple per deck blank, glue, sometimes epoxy, 3-4 blanks placed on a plaster mold at same time, hydraulic press holds mold forms concave and nose and tail kicker. Blanks placed in molds for 24 hours or more. Molds can be custom built. Glue and epoxy dry and cure and make and help blanks hold shape and concave. DIY boardmakers exist, it aint rocket science. Same technology pretty much for the past 15-20 years. CNC cutting and routing shape the blanks. Paint or sealant. SIlkscreen graphics.
Any other layers substituting wood, etc. is nothing but gimmickry.
Dude i was going to make a skateboard but hten i figured that it was not even worth it because of all of the money spending on the press. It will cost you alot of money plus it will take time. Chong was right when he said seven layers of plywood. THe board you would make would probaly be very heavy and even though it is cool to make your own board you still didnt make the trucks, bearings, and wheels so its not as cool as you think. If you are looking to build, build a longboard or raill/kicker/or something else