How to Make a Cruiser Board
August 30, 2016
This week I updated my cruiser board video from 2013. It’s the most popular video on my channel to date, but it was only filmed in standard definition. I thought this would be a good opportunity to make a better version of both the board and video. This time around I used a 7 ply construction that consist of 3 different types of Hard Rock Canadian Maple (2 Face Plies, 2 Cross Plies, and 3 Core Plies). Using a 7 ply construction will give the board more strength and durability. I found multiple websites online that sell these 7 ply construction packs for skateboards. Whatever website you go with will work great since a penny board is much smaller than a skateboard. To get started, I applied glue to all of my plies and clamped them together using my cruiser board press that I made a few weeks back. This press will act as a mold for the cruiser board. It allows you to give the cruiser board a perfectly straight deck with a nice bend for the tail. After letting the wood glue cure, I released the pressure from the press and now I have the basic shape of my cruiser board. Next, I added my 27″ version of the cutting template and cut it out with a jigsaw. After giving the board a nice sanding, I drilled holes for the trucks to go and finished the board with a tough, water resistant clear coat. I like a little extra grip on my boards so I added grip tape to the top and mounted the trucks to the board. After taking this board for a few test rides, I have to say I’m extremely happy with how smooth and durable the board feels. If you’d like to build your own, feel free to download the cutting templates below!
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