BUILD YOUR OWN BOARD IN 8 EASY STEPS
What’s the easiest way to make your own longboard?
Pick up one of our precision pressed uncut decks and bring your design to slope.
Your friends will be so jealous!
STEP 1 – Tools
- Ruler or Tape Measure
- Carboard for Template
- Jig Saw
- 3/16″ Drill Bit
- 1 or 2 Drill Jigs
- Razor Knife for cutting out template
- Sand Paper
- Lacquer or Spray Paint to seal the wood
STEP 2 – Mark The Center
Use your ruler or tape measure and mark the a center line on your uncut deck.
STEP 3 – Template
Draw out your template on a piece of cardboard or heavy paper stock.
You will only need to draw one side of the board.
This way you can flip it over the centerline to get a symmetrical tracing.
STEP 4 – Drill Jig
Your bolt holes are one of the most important parts of your board.
Use a Churchill Drill Jig (snatch block) to make perfect truck holes just like the pros.
(ALTERNATIVE: you a drill press or a truck baseplate if you don’t have a Jig)
For this build, we’re using two Drill Jigs clamped together so the front and back hole patterns are true and in line.
STEP 5 – Drilling
Now, to drill your bolt holes.
If you are using a Drill Jig, grab a 3/16″ drill bit and chuck it up in your drill.
We used a Brad Point Bit so the hole would be clean where the drill bit exits the bottom of the board. After your deck is drilled, you can use a larger bit and the drill out the bolt holes to a bigger size if needed.
STEP 6 – Cutting
It’s time to cut out your board.
The cheapest and simplest way is to grab your Dad’s Jig Saw from Garage.
Make sure you have a sharp wood cutting blade in it.
TIP: The finer the blade is (meaning the more teeth, measured as TPI – teeth per inch), the smoother the cut will be and less sanding will be needed to finish the edges.
So use a fine toothed blade. It will cut a little slower than a course toothed blade but hey, are we really in that big of a hurry? Take your time and cut SLOWLY.
Make sure you cut to the outside of your board outline.
STEP 7 – Sanding
Once your board is cut out, it’s time sand. Clean up your edges with a small belt sander. Start with a coarse 80 grit belt and sand the sides all the way to your line.
You should barely see any of your board outline when you are done sanding.
Next, swap out to a 150-220 grit belt. Give the edges a quick go-around.
TIP: If you don’t have a belt sander, you can use a block of wood and sand paper to clean up the edges. Next, sand the entire board by hand or with an orbital sander, starting with 120-150 grit.
Then, finish sand the board with 220 grit sandpaper by hand.
The more time you spend sanding with the 220 grit, the smoother your paint job will be in the end.
STEP 8 – Seal and Paint
Before painting, wipe your board with a CLEAN, lint free Rag.
Any dust or dirt left on the board will leave bumps in your finish.
You will have to spray paint your deck 4 times to get a production like finish.
First, spray the edge all the way around. Then spray the top of the board and let it dry.
After it’s dry, flip it over and spray the bottom and let it dry.
Now it’s time to LIGHTLY hand sand the entire board with 220 grit sandpaper.
Wipe the board again with another CLEAN, lint free Rag. It’s time to repeat the spraying process to get your finish coat. Use any enamel or lacquer spray paint. The better the paint, the longer should last.
Add graphics, wheel wells or route in some grab rails. It’s your board, make it your own!
Congratulations on breaking away from call of duty and knocking out a little hard labor.