Aluminum Longboard

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Most longboards are made of wood. I wanted something unique so I made mine of aluminum. The aluminum deck is flexible but strong. The entire longboard weighs only 4 kg and is therefore very light!

If you like this design please vote for me in the 'I could make that contest' :)

The idea for the aluminum longboard came from this website: http://bionicgirlnyc.com/2011/03/20/cindrich-aluminum-longboards/

Materials:

-120 cm of stainless steel bars 
-12 aluminum strips of 1 meter (10 strips of 2cm wide and 2 strips of 1,5 cm wide)
-80 nuts
-2 pieces of wood

Supplies:

Step 1: Sawing Wood to Attach the Trucks

Copy the holes of the trucks and shape the rest of the wooden pieces as you like. They form the tail and the nose of the deck.
I used multiplex.

Step 2: Attaching the Trucks

Attach the trucks to the wooden pieces, by using nuts and bolts.

Step 3: Attaching the Aluminum Strips the The Tail and Nose

Attach one aluminum strip to the tail and nose with screws.

Step 4: Bending the Strip Along the Shape of the Tail and Nose

Bend the aluminum strip and attach it with screws to the tail and nose.
Repeat this step on the the other side.

Step 5: Mounting the Middle Strips

Cut out two slots on each wooden piece, for the two middle aluminum strips and mount them with glue.

Step 6: Drilling the Holes

Drill out three rows of holes.

Step 7: Placing the Bars and Nuts

Step 8: Placing a Horizontal Strip

Place a horizontal strip in the middle and secure it with glue.

Step 9: Drilling the Holesr

Drill four rows of holes.

Step 10: Placing the Bars

Place the four bars and secure them with the nuts.

Step 11: Placing the Rest of the Strips

Mount at each side one big and one smaller strip.

Step 12: Placing the Second Horizontal Strip

Place a horizontal strip at the bottom of the deck.

Step 13: Mounting the Edge Strips

Bend two strips around the contour of the longboard at each side and attach them again with screws.

Step 14: Finishing the Tail and the Nose

Attach a piece of rubber on the tail and nose with glue, so it looks smooth.

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56 Discussions

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pburgettie

2 years ago

Have you thought of welding it together? also is there a specific reason you put the trucks on wood?

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aalfaro3

3 years ago

sorry but i could not make that

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brian5003

3 years ago on Introduction

Nice design. You might consider using locktight on all the nuts to keep them from loosening. How rigid is the board?

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willS5

4 years ago on Introduction

When you say 120 cm of stainless steel bars.. can you please explain further.. as in 1/8 1/5.. (etc) please get back to me at the email address or contact the number below.

jaredstepp27@gmail.com

1(319)-777-3129

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this is so cool! what did you use to connect the aluminum bars all the way across and how many do i need? how much weight can it hold?

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chris2392

4 years ago on Introduction

I wonder if i can make this out of my old meccano! haha on a serious note though this is awesome! as soon as i have a weekend off i am making this!

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did u ever get an instructable on the second board u mention, the one that cost closer to $50?

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Cadet Park

5 years ago

Can u make a video of riding it

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cha chi

5 years ago

Ok, I only weigh 90 pounds do you think my shoes would sink in and get enough grip?

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Badetisecha chi

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

you can buy a peice of plexiglass or something similar and secure it to the top of the board

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simonvpcha chi

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

That should be enough. If you don't get enough grip, get some very rough sand paper and sand the top of the strips.

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ghaines2

5 years ago on Introduction

if i make it i will clad it in wood and i will put an epic livery on it

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Tux102

5 years ago

How much did it cost you to make this

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S5114simonvp

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

having problems finding a store that sells aluminum. If you don't mind, where'd you get yours? And whats the estimated cost?