Maple is the gold standard for building skateboards. It is a durable yet flexible wood, well suited for pressing into shape and providing a strong, sturdy laminated deck.
Skateboards are constructed by gluing multiple pieces of maple veneer together into a single laminated deck.
Cross bands and vert bands refer to the orientation of the grain in your maple veneer. Most commonly this will be 1/16th or 1/20th thick. While a standard skateboard deck is constructed with 7 plies of maple, most longboards will be constructed 7-10 maple veneers. Decks are most often laminated with alternating cross bands and vert bands. This is referred to as cross-beaming and contributes to the strength of the board. This sequence has be altered as needed to provide different characteristics in your board. Face veneer is the vertical grain veneer used on each side of the core. These plies are fully visible and should have less blemishes or knots than core plies.