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A Photo-Tour of Board Design – Part Two // Bubs the Builder

written by Bubbles November 16, 2016

Welcome back kids!  Last week on “Built By Bubbles” we took the first steps towards developing a production level board!  We thought about the board, we thought about what we wanted the board to be, we considered the board’s own personal feelings, and we landed on a shape (to be fair, we landed on version 1.0 – plenty more versions to come!)

The next step is to take that design, and make it into a skateboard!

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Alright so it’s not quite that easy… The next step is to make a mould.  All (most) skateboards are made from a veneer sandwich.  A whole bunch (7-10) sheets of REALLY REALLY thin (0.0625″) of maple are glued, stacked, and pressed together to provide the strength, as well as the 3-dimensional shape, of a skate board.

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So in order to make a skateboard out of this wood sandwich, we need to create the mould, which will give the board it’s shape and provide a surface to apply pressure to the wood.  To do this, we take the 3D shapes we developed last week, and using a CNC machine, we carve them into a block of either wood, aluminum, MDF, or a similar material.

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This becomes the bread to our wood sandwich.  Just squeeze it all together and pop it in the oven (ok don’t actually cook it), and you get what we call a cartridge, or un-cut board.

Next step is pretty obvious, but you just need to cut it out!  You can use a jigsaw, bandsaw, or number of other tools, but for consistencies sake, we use the trusty CNC router again!

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Then you’ve got a board, only one thing left!  Grip it, rip it, and skate it!

Cheers and happy board-building!

-Bubbles

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