Monday, January 27, 2014

Parts or part quality.

  By now you should have the longboard glued, cut, epoxied, drilled, and gipped. Now is the time to buy the trucks, bearings, hardware and wheels.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sliding gloves

   Sliding gloves are used for multiple types of sliding. Some slides do not require gloves. First find a heavy duty pair of gloves for $10-$25 at any hardware or clothing store. Sliding glove have pucks stuck to them to make it slide easliy, I used corian countertop material for the pucks (I went to Menards and got 5 samples for free, they were very nice and I asked and they said that they no longer carried it, but they still had samples from when they did), You could use any other strong material that slides easily.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Bumper: Save the Longboard Edges

  If the longboard ever hits anything (ex: Car wheel, house, or a curb) the edges will dent and the plies might even start to peel apart! A longboard bumper will save the ends of the longboard from this phenomena.
To make it, pick up some clear or black rubber tubing (whichever is your preference). Make sure that the tubing is big enough to fit on the board, but small enough that it clamps on the board and does not fall off. Also make sure it is thick enough to absorb the hit. Once the tubing is procured, cut it to the length of the end of the longboard.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Parts/Terminology

This is a reference section for different parts of the longboard.

Trucks: The metal part of the longboard where the wheels are attached to. Longboard trucks are generally wider than skateboard trucks.


Bearing: The part of a longboard that makes the wheel spin. Bearings are installed in both sides of a longboard wheel and are often sold separately. Bearings are often classified by the ABEC system.

ABEC: ABEC is a rating system that establishes dimensions, tolerances and noise standards in bearings. The ABEC rating system includes grades 1,3,5,7 and 9. The higher the ABEC rating the tighter the tolerance making the bearing more precise. For longboards, ABEC 3 and 5 are the most common. ABEC is also a brand name of longboard wheels that produce soft wheels. An example would be the bright green Gumball wheels you see downhill riders using.

Cruising: To go about the streets at random with no specific destination but to enjoy longboarding.

Deck: The surface of a longboard where the rider stands on. Decks can be made from a variety of material from bamboo.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Step 4. Grip tape

Grip tape: noun. Grip tape is an adhesive backed friction-surfaced material.
  
   The longboard grip tape must be chosen carefully. First make sure that it is LONGBOARD grip tape, not skateboard grip tape, skateboard grip is shorter. For brands Jessup is horrible, but black magic is good, insect grip or pizza are both particularly grippy. Expect to pay anywhere from $10 to $35.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Step 3. Drilling holes

drill   /'dril/
   Verb: to bore or drive a hole in; to make by a piercing action.

  If you have not read Step 1, go back to that and read it. To complete this step first you must have the trucks, look at the page that says how/where to buy the trucks.
For this step, you must line the trucks up with the center line on the deck. Draw lines to mach the holes of the trucks on the deck.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Step 2. Epoxy/Fiberglass



ep·ox·y/iˈpäksē/ 


Noun:
An adhesive, plastic, paint, or other material made from a class of synthetic thermosetting polymers containing epoxide groups.
  If you just started reading, go back to Step 1 and follow those steps first if you want to make a longboard. Now that the board is glued and cut, its time to epoxy and fiberglass! Make sure you are in an area that has great airflow, and does not mind drips and drops of epoxy. The bottom of the board can be painted and epoxy/fiberglassed to make it waterproof. First, spray paint or do whatever you want for designs on the bottom of the board.

Step 1. Making the wood



wood/wo͝od/


Noun:
  1. The hard fibrous material that forms the main substance of the trunk or branches of a tree or shrub.
  2. Such material when cut and used as timber or fuel.
  The wood that was used in mine was baltic birch, not birch! Birch has less layers per inch, making it much less sturdy, and way more flexible/brittle. 1/2 inch birch will only hold a maximum of 125 Lbs. 1 inch birch is very heavy wood to make a longboard out of. I assume you are NOT wanting to lug around a 10 pound board everywhere you go. This is why 1/2 to 3/4 inch BALTIC BIRCH is the best, it probably won't be found at your run-of-the-mill Menards or Home Depot, so you may have to go to a lumberyard. It typically comes in 5 foot by 5 foot sheets, so it could be shared with a buddy, or make a few boards! This high quality wood will be priced from $30 to $50.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Intro



long·board/ˈlôNGˌbôrd/  NOUN: A long type of skateboard.



  If you LOVE longboarding, you might want to think about making a long board! Making a longboard is a relatively time consuming project. First have to be sure that you have the available tools. The assembly of the longboard requires a sander, dremel tool, drill, screw driver/wrenches, and a scroll saw. Next there is a price range;