If you have ever wanted to build your own longboard, this DIY guide will guide you through the easiest way to do so.
With just a few inexpensive materials and tools, you can create a custom, fully functional longboard deck that you’ve made yourself. Get ready to ride!
Tools and Materials
- One 2’x4′ sheet of 1/4 inch Baltic Birch plywood (marine-grade)
- Titebond III Wood Glue
- A finish (polyacrylic, polyurethane, etc.)
- Optional: Art supplies for custom designs
- A cutting tool (jigsaw, handsaw, etc.)
- A tool for rounding the rails (router, file, sandpaper, etc.)
- A drill with a 3/16″ bit
- Three planks of wood as long as the desired board length
- A table or bench to work on
How to build your own longboard?
Prepare the Plywood
Cut two sheets from your plywood with the width of your desired deck plus a little extra for wiggle room. Ensure that you cut in the direction of the grain on the outer veneers.
Cut the sheets to the desired length of your deck, leaving some extra room for adjustments.
Create the Deck’s Curvature
- Lay down the two outer strips of wood on your work surface.
- Place the first sheet of plywood on top of the strips, making sure the edges are supported and aligned.
- Apply a generous amount of Titebond III wood glue on the first sheet and spread it evenly.
- Lay the second sheet of plywood on top of the first.
- Place the third plank of wood down the center of the sheets and clamp it down to create concave and/or rocker or camber.
- Wait for at least 24 hours for the glue to dry and the curves to set in place.
Shape the Deck
- Remove the clamps and admire your curved deck blank.
- Find and mark the center of your nose and tail, then draw a center line.
- Create a template of your desired board shape using paper, and draw the shape onto the plywood.
- Cut out the shape using your preferred cutting tool.
- Refine and shape the edges of the board using a router, file, or sandpaper.
Drill Bolt Holes and Wheel Wells
- Drill bolt holes using a 3/16″ drill bit and a drilling template or guide.
- If needed, create wheel wells using a rasp or similar tool.
- Sand the deck, working your way up through the grits until it’s smooth to the touch.
Customize and Finish the Deck
Add your personal touch with art, using paint pens, markers, or other art supplies. Apply a couple of coats of finish to protect and seal the deck.
Assemble and Ride
With just a few materials and tools, you can create a longboard deck that’s not only fun to ride but also uniquely yours. Building your own longboard is an enjoyable and rewarding project that’s accessible to anyone willing to put in a little effort. Happy riding!
I am a longboarding enthusiast and a blogger. On this blog, I share tips, tricks, and advice based on my experience. I am dedicated to helping newbies improve their skills and enjoy this fun activity to the fullest.