DIY longboard deck
As a rule, people who are going to do a longboard with their own hands do mostly a deck, and they buy special wheels, suspensions and bushings from experienced manufacturers. This is entirely justified, since creating a longboard deck with your own hands is the simplest thing you can do in a longboard and such work requires a minimum of space, time, materials, money and skills. While the creation of acceptable suspensions, for example, will require equipment for casting silumin.
In addition, a deck, if you buy it from an experienced, reputable manufacturer, or even if you buy a Chinese one, which will not be much better than your own, home-made, will cost you half the budget of the entire board. And this is a significant part. The rest of the budget will go to suspensions and wheels with bearings.
Thus, it can be stated that with the average price of assembled longboards in Russian stores at about 9 thousand rubles, as much as 5 thousand falls on the cost of the deck, one thousand for a set of bearings, one thousand for bushings, about two thousand for wheels. This further justifies the creation of a do-it-yourself longboard deck. A home-made deck will not be better, but it will be much cheaper (about 2 thousand with materials), and if you approach its manufacture seriously, it may turn out to be better than Chinese for 3-4 thousand rubles. In addition, having learned how to make longboard decks on your own, you can sell them with great profit for yourself, since the product is rare, valuable, and the demand for it greatly exceeds the supply. Finding something sane in Russia is very difficult, and all modern California brands began their work in ordinary garages. And now they earn millions of dollars a year.
What do we need to make a longboard deck? First of all, shape patterns, that is, profiles of the shape of the board. And here it is important not to miss, since a mistake in the profile will lead to the board coming out completely unsuitable for skating. If the deck has too little elongation (length to width ratio), then it will be very unstable, the arcs will be torn, and at sharp turns, such a board can easily roll over, which will inevitably lead to injury. If the elongation is too large, then the board will, on the contrary, not be rotated, not driven into an arc, and certainly not driven into a slide. It will be possible to ride it only directly or in gentle arches, which does not correspond to the concept of a longboard, but rather will be a bulky and clumsy skateboard.
The elongation of the board depends on its general shape (shape). At the moment, there are, that is, survived in the process of natural selection, three main shapes for the longboard.
The first, most classic shape shape is the surf style soundboard. Their length must necessarily exceed 140 cm, and the width is from 1/7 to 1/5 of the length. The larger the number after the fraction line, the greater the elongation of the board. The greater the elongation, the more stable the board, but the more difficult it is to move in steep arches and the worse it turns. The smaller the elongation, the board is more brisk, nimble, but less stable and may not be prone to beautiful even Karva arches. Also, the smaller the elongation and the shorter the board, the easier it is to catch a “roach” on it, and this phenomenon is very dangerous.
The second design is the dancers. These boards also have a length of over 140 cm and a width of 1/5 of the length, but in shape this is not a classic surf, but a specially designed form for a stable board.
Both of these shapes are designed for maximum stability, very great stability, to work with wide suspensions and large wheels. On these boards, you can surf on the asphalt, like in the ocean, moving in smooth arcs. It is very easy to learn from them, as they are stable and in no hurry to jump out from under the beginner. They generally forgive a lot of mistakes and are not traumatic. But there are also disadvantages. You cannot ride such a board where people go, as it is not nimble, it is difficult to avoid obstacles on it. Slalom will not work on such a board, and aggressive carving will not work either. On it, even a 90-degree turn will be given to you with considerable effort, and even then not always, and a 180-degree turn will have a radius of five meters at best.
But this shape has one advantage – such a board can simply be cut out from multilayer plywood and not be philosophical. Yes, it will be heavy, like a coffin, but it is not important, since you will ride it mainly in a straight line, and, therefore, exorbitant inertia will only help. Yes, it will be difficult to accelerate, but after dispersing it will be possible to go for a rather long time. Due to the large elongation, even sawn from plywood, such a board will have some “flex”, that is, spring. This is good.
In general, if you are doing your first longboard, it is better to make a replica of something like this, since all other forms of the deck require much more effort and cost. The easiest way is to find in the online store the shape of the board, longer than 140 cm, which you like, remove its approximate shape and cut it out of thick plywood.