Friday, April 29, 2011

The Longboard

The current issue of Make Magazine has a nice little tutorial on making your own, simple longboard. At 8" by 4' it's a smooth, easy ride. I ordered the wheels and trucks from Amazon and didn't notice I bought the "Bigfoot" brand which are about twice the size of regular wheels. Because of the wheel size the board looks like a regular skateboard enlarged on the Xerox about 150%! I threw my daughter in there for scale. Anyway, the polyurethane is now dry and the weather is fine. I imagine once school's done there will be surfing in the streets!

7 comments:

rogue evolent said...

How cool! Great seeing the kids on the boards "hanging ten" Coming from the Pacific Coast, you probably surfed the big blue eh Mike?
Me, growing up in Mpls, I used a skate board only because of Jan & Dean and the B-Boys

Mike Adair said...

Thanks r/e! I've only surfed a couple of times. We used to go to the beach a lot but never caught the surf bug. These longboards are really fun. Only problem is mom is nervous about venturing into the street. But our block doesn't have a token skateboarder who's always blocking traffic. This could be David's big break.

Not literally, hopefully.

Frauenfelder said...

This is so cool, Mike! Thanks for posting this. (I am also extremely jealous of your illustration skills.)

Mike Adair said...

Oh my gosh, thanks Mark! And thanks for the really great longboard tutorial. We've had so much fun pre and post board!

Anonymous said...

Is it just me, or is one of the trucks on backwards? Just make sure the kingpins ( the nut that faces the road ) are both facing the center of the board. Mounting a truck backwards could cause some serious turning issues, and could be unsafe.

a_skuce said...

One of the trucks on the "green" board is put on backwards. The kinpins have to be pointing opposite directions to be able to control the board properly

Mike Adair said...

Thanks guys. Yes, they were and have been corrected. I'm neither a skate board guy or a builder thereof.
Thanks for the help!