LONGBOARD Design/Build

Moss Robot gets into all kinds of projects. Some months ago we had the utmost pleasure to design and build a longboard for Geoff Wood Photography.

Fortunately, I had the prudence to snap some pictures along the way. And we're proud to be able to share the work with you now.

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We first decided on the bomber-style board or teardrop shape and went about creating a template out of some poster board. Or, half a template anyway. Traced the half-a-teardrop shape onto the wood (3/4" plywood). Flipped the template over. And traced the other half. Everything matches up. 

It's great when everything matches up. 

Then it's out to the workshop for sawing and clouds of sawdust.

The rough shape.

Once that shape is released from the confines of the plywood sheet, it's time to round and smooth the edges. We used a vise and a planer. 

Matt's personal note: I love a planer. Really I do. And absolutely no workshop is complete without a vise. ...I have three. And they are all my best friends.

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Unfortunately, no pictures of the top design in-progress exist. But there is a nice shot of it laying down on top of fresh mulch.

Fresh mulch with deck.

Black, electrical tape was used to mask the colored stripes. Each stripe was painted individually with a wash of color so that the grain of the wood shows through.

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Then the tricky bit. Measuring and marking for the trucks. We tried a few different methods but the one that worked best used the riser pads that came with the trucks themselves. Riser pads allow you to increase the height of the deck a little. They fit right where the trucks meet the deck. Which means they share the same through holes. Which means they are a great template for measuring and marking placement.

Like so.

Just those riser pads and one long straight edge to align the risers and (with the help of another smaller ruler) to find the perfect center of the deck.

Eight pencil marks later and it's back to the workshop for drilling.

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It's very important that the holes go through absolutely perpendicular to the deck. Otherwise, you could have crooked trucks. Crooked trucks = crooked wheels. Crooked wheels = Anger, Frustration, Madness, Dejection and predominately a lengthy session of eye-flaring and an oh-this-&#!%-board! kind of afternoon.

We happen to have a leveling thingy on the back end of our battery-powered drill. So, you know, phew! Perpendicularity, achieved.

Another good idea is to widen the top of the hole using a countersink bit. This will let the bolts rest flush with the top of the deck. 

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Back inside, everything matches up.  Holes and bolts. Bolts and trucks. Trucks and nuts. Dons and Knots. 

White wheels!

And the finished bomber board...

A great project to have completed. A feather in our cap.
And we'll be making these to order for any of you enthusiasts out there.
Just send us a message.

Thanks for being around.
Matt and Lisa