Building Skateboard Rails
Making rails is a simple way to freshen up any deck. Rails are perfect for grabs and deck protection when grinding.
A variety of materials can be used for your skateboard rails. I’d recommend using a cheap plastic cutting board for both it’s low cost, durability, and ease of use.
Outline your rails on the cutting board using a tape measure and pencil to guide your cuts. Make sure your lines are parallel throughout. Many sizes will work just fine for a grab rail, but we’d suggest something around 12.5″ long and ½-¾” wide. Once your rails are outlined carefully follow your shape and cut them out using a bandsaw.
Use a measuring tape to mark the center of the rail. Measure 1” towards either end of the rail and mark with an X on either side. These will be your inner two holes. Measure 4” further towards the ends of the rail from these initial two X marks and make two more. These will be your outer holes.
Drill a hole through each X you’ve marked using a “ bit.
How to Repair a Longboard
Sometimes boards break! While this is never fun, it’s that much worse when it happens to a longboard you built yourself. Here are some tips on how to repair a longboard.
The most common breakage with a longboard is delamination of the nose or tail as a result of impact damage. To fix this type of issue you’ll need a couple c-clamps, sandpaper and wood glue or epoxy.
Begin by pouring a small amount of wood glue or epoxy on a disposable surface such as a paper plate. Instructions for mixing your epoxy will be shown on the package- be sure to follow them carefully. Use popsicle stick or similar item to spread your adhesive into the void where the wood plies are delaminating, doing your best to spread it evenly and thoroughly over the wood.
Using your c-clamp(s), tighten down the separated plies firmly. Using scrap wood between the c-clamp and deck will prevent your board from being damaged under the pressure of the clamp. Wipe away any excess glue or resin that has squeezed out.
Allow this to set for at least 24 hours, though 48 is even better. After this the board should be fully re-laminated and structurally sound. Use sandpaper to sand down any excess glue and you’re ready to ride!
In the case of other breaks, such as a chipped board, try mixing epoxy and simply using it to patch the hole. This will seal the hole and prevent further damage from exposure to water and other elements.