According to Instructables user nsnip, they’re made from Baltic birch! To make this board, he cut the rounded ends off stacks of sticks with a table saw, laminated them stick-by-stick in five layers with alternating grain directions, and glued the whole thing together in an improvised vacuum press made from a clothes storage bag. Impressive, meticulous craftsmanship.

Make: Projects — Simple Longboard

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

  • collegiatehandy

    Wow! That looks like it turned out great. From that bottom picture, it also looks like he was working on a more traditional (?) skateboard with two kicktails (I’m assuming) and a concave curve running most of the length of it. I would think that design is trickier to make. Anyway, awesome stuff!

  • Patrick Farrell

    FYI. The trucks of the skateboard are on backwards.

    • TJ Mitchell

      longboard trucks are designed to be put on like that

      • Marc Maraldo

        Not true….when you lean right the board will go left in this config.

        • Evan DiGiovanni

          They’re called reverse-kingpin trucks (RKP’s) as opposed to standard kingpin trucks (SKP’s). They pivot in the same direction, but the kingpin passes through the hangar perpendicular to the pivot angle instead of being mounted vertically behind the axle. These trucks are most commonly found on longboards for various reasons.