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Building a Bamboo Longboard

Bamboo Longboard

A bamboo longboard can be a great choice for any rider. Bamboo is a renewable resource that is not only good for the environment but is great for skating! Bamboo can be using in building a longboard that is snappy, responsive, and great for carving. Bamboo has a great strength to weight ratio and is often combined with maple or fiberglass to enhance specific performance characteristics. Technically a grass, not a wood, bamboo matures and can be harvested in a fraction of the time as maple, birch, or other commonly used woods. Skateboards have become one of the leading causes of maple deforestation which makes bamboo the eco-friendly choice!

When building a bamboo longboard the primary difference from other layups is often the challenge of sourcing the material.

 

If it’s simply the bamboo aesthetic you hope to achieve,

Looking to simply buy a bamboo longboard? Many companies make decks that incorporate bamboo. Arbor Skateboards, Sector 9 Skateboards, Rayne Longboards and DB Longboards are just a few of the brands that utilize bamboo in their longboard designs. Other companies, like Bamboo Skateboards, have made the benefits of bamboo as a material the cornerstone of their brand.

Materials: Maple

Maple Skateboard Veneer

Materials: Maple

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.

Building a Maple Longboard