Homemade Aluminum Longboard Deck

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Homemade Aluminum Longboard Deck

Your typical, complete, drop-through longboard seems to weigh in at about eight lbs. This homemade aluminum version from Redditor davvik is, therefore, pretty seriously overweight at 12. But that may not matter, depending on the intended use and the rider’s preferences.

His construction method seems pretty accessible, too. The truck-mounting plates are milled billet, but the treads themselves appear to be just cut and/or bent flat bar stock of the type sold at hardware stores, laminated together with a bunch of bolts, washers, nuts, and spacers. The spacers are drilled aluminum round rod, but the other hardware is stainless steel, which probably accounts for a significant chunk of the total weight. The design is similar to this fancy CNC-milled drop-deck version from David Cindrich. More pics and dimensioned drawings available in the photo album, below. [via Hack a Day]

A longboard out of aluminum

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4 thoughts on “Homemade Aluminum Longboard Deck

  1. Dennis says:

    Very nice piece of work!
    How’s the rigidity? Looks like it would give you a perfect bounce.

  2. zach says:

    I actually made a deck similar to this a few years back, she is retired and hanging on my wall. I noticed you said it picks up speed very quickly, this is true in my case as well. I actually milled out a pocket for the truck baseplate to sit in so it would be more of a drop through flush mount, and it worked beautifully. I hope you locktited your nuts on!!! great work by the way!

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