DIY Skate Decks

Chilly Willy

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Feb 15, 2004
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Anyone out there making their own skate decks?

I picked up a couple blanks from SkatePaige.com and gave it a shot. I wanted to make myself a bowl rider for myself, so I based the outline off the Powell Peralta Nicky Guerrero mask model from 1989. I gave it an 80s look by recreating a design from one of those sweet looking T&C airbrushed shortboards from the late 80s/early 90s -- taped it off, sprayed colors from rattle cans, then clearcoated with a few coats of Polycrylic. Very happy with the results, both aesthetically and functionally. (If I had to refine it, I'd maybe put a touch more width in the tail next time just so I can feel it underfoot a little better when dropping in.) I call it my 80s Bowl Blaster. Enjoy!

Specs: 10" width, 31.5" length, 5.5" nose, 6.75" tail, 15.5" wheelbase.

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Anyone out there making their own skate decks?

I picked up a couple blanks from SkatePaige.com and gave it a shot. I wanted to make myself a bowl rider for myself, so I based the outline off the Powell Peralta Nicky Guerrero mask model from 1989. I gave it an 80s look by recreating a design from one of those sweet looking T&C airbrushed shortboards from the late 80s/early 90s -- taped it off, sprayed colors from rattle cans, then clearcoated with a few coats of Polycrylic. Very happy with the results, both aesthetically and functionally. (If I had to refine it, I'd maybe put a touch more width in the tail next time just so I can feel it underfoot a little better when dropping in.) I call it my 80s Bowl Blaster. Enjoy!

Specs: 10" width, 31.5" length, 5.5" nose, 6.75" tail, 15.5" wheelbase.

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Maine Logger

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Apr 28, 2021
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@Chilly Willy…love that board you made. My helper at work was making boards for a bit under the name “So-Gnar”. He made me one based off my first real board as a kid, which was a 1986 skull skates Hosoi Hammerhead. I put some kryptonic wheels on it. Indy 159’s. I still prefer the ride of the old, wider boards that take 169’s.
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Chilly Willy

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My helper at work was making boards for a bit under the name “So-Gnar”. He made me one based off my first real board as a kid, which was a 1986 skull skates Hosoi Hammerhead. I put some kryptonic wheels on it. Indy 159’s. I still prefer the ride of the old, wider boards that take 169’s.

Nice! Love it! (Yeah, I prefer wider too. 169s/Ace 55 or wider for me.)
 

ridgeline

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May 29, 2018
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I've cut about a dozen deck from skatepaige blanks as well. Modern concave old school boards really for ripping around pools/bowls. Several of them similar outlines to yourself.

It becomes addicting and you end up burning through decks much quicker as the 'shaping' part is just as fun as the skating. Haven't really got a good paint situation down beyond poly clear coat and minor color.

I tried going the montana/spraypaint route but found it made the decks feel heavy and dead.

Incredibly fun project... all using indy 215 or 169s. Will dig up a few shots.
 

Bodhi1502

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put this together during the COVID downtime. 5’ long for cruising and cross stepping. Added surf adaptors so can whip a 180 within about 6’.
 

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Chilly Willy

Well-Known Member
Feb 15, 2004
2,783
3,679
USA New Jersey
I've cut about a dozen deck from skatepaige blanks as well. Modern concave old school boards really for ripping around pools/bowls. Several of them similar outlines to yourself.

It becomes addicting and you end up burning through decks much quicker as the 'shaping' part is just as fun as the skating. Haven't really got a good paint situation down beyond poly clear coat and minor color.

I tried going the montana/spraypaint route but found it made the decks feel heavy and dead.

Incredibly fun project... all using indy 215 or 169s. Will dig up a few shots.

Nice! I'd be interested to see what you made. Agreed about the spray paint. I noticed a bit of extra weight on that one. I used stain on my most recent one, which was fun to do and a little bit different. This one was a copy of an old childhood board, but with a wider tail. The cool thing is that you can easily make modifications if something isn't right. Turns out I went a little too long with the tail, so I lopped it off after a few sessions to a more comfortable size (these pics are pre-lopping).

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ridgeline

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May 29, 2018
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Long Beach, NY
Nice! I'd be interested to see what you made. Agreed about the spray paint. I noticed a bit of extra weight on that one. I used stain on my most recent one, which was fun to do and a little bit different. This one was a copy of an old childhood board, but with a wider tail. The cool thing is that you can easily make modifications if something isn't right. Turns out I went a little too long with the tail, so I lopped it off after a few sessions to a more comfortable size (these pics are pre-lopping).

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Staining looks awesome! any clear coat?
 




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