How a Skateboard Deck is Built

A regular skateboard deck is made out of a maple tree. Maple trees are felled and then sent through a processing plant. A handful of rectangular pieces of veneer are made out of the tree. These strips of veneer will be stacked to create the skateboard deck.

Once the veneer has been shipped to the manufacturer, the veneer strips are thoroughly inspected. Any pieces that are too imperfect to create a skateboard will be thrown away or recycled. The strips of veneer are then sorted into two different types, one with the grain running horizontally along the rectangle, and the other with the grain running against the veneer.

The pieces of veneer are then sent through a machine that will apply glue to the thin sheets. This glue is just your typical, water-based wood glue. It holds very well after being removed from the press, and ensures that your skateboard won’t come apart. electric skateboard spares

Once the glue is on the veneer, the pieces are stacked to create the beginnings of a skate deck. Almost all skateboard decks are seven ply skateboard decks. This simply means that seven layers of veneer were stacked to create the deck.

Next, the pieces of veneer are layered to give the most strength to the board, with the first piece being a piece of veneer where the grain goes vertically along the board, and the second strip being one where the grain runs horizontally.

After the veneer is stacked properly, it’s ready to go into the skateboard press. Depending on what kind of skateboard is being created, the layered veneer will be processed in different machines. An old school shape and a new school shape have to be pressed with different machines, because the noses and tails are completely different.

The skateboard press turns the flat strips of veneer into something with a bit more shape. After being pressed, the skateboard decks are left to dry for twenty four hours or longer. If the decks weren’t left to dry before further processing, they would likely warp and not be skateable.

After drying, the decks are processed. Many skateboard manufacturers shape a deck using a machine that uses a finished board as a template for cutting the excess wood off of a skateboard deck.

Once the skateboard has been cut from the pressed veneer, eight holes are drilled for attaching trucks. A machine similar to the device above is used for this. By utilizing a single deck as a template, skateboard makers can create lots of skateboard decks that are almost identical in form and size.

After shaping the deck, the sharp rails are smoothed out manually by a worker. Many skateboard manufacturers have a sanding drum that the workers use to remove the sharp edge on the deck. This makes the deck appear cleaner, and also prevents injuries to skaters and other objects by removing the sharp edges of the deck. Rounding the edges also can prevent the skateboard from splintering if it collides with a wall or similar.


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