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    Default where to get wood to make a longboard...?

    I looked at lowes site and saw this Shop 1/4" 4X8 BIRCH at Lowes.com
    will that work well for making a nice board with concave? also i am looking to make a mini/pumper/carver/cruiser type board lol
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    i've tried using 1/4 inch wood it doesnt work for concave and unless you want about a 30 inch deck you need 4 plys of it to make it so it doesn't bottom out (a 3 ply one bottomed out when i stepped one foot on it and I weigh 125LB) and a 1 inch deck kinda sucks the ride height is horrible even with 70mm wheels and randal 42*.
    You need atleast a 1/8 inch ply but the best would be a 1/16th inch veneer.
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    Default Re: where to get wood to make a longboard...?

    Quote Originally Posted by suredead View Post
    i've tried using 1/4 inch wood it doesnt work for concave and unless you want about a 30 inch deck you need 4 plys of it to make it so it doesn't bottom out (a 3 ply one bottomed out when i stepped one foot on it and I weigh 125LB) and a 1 inch deck kinda sucks the ride height is horrible even with 70mm wheels and randal 42*.
    You need atleast a 1/8 inch ply but the best would be a 1/16th inch veneer.
    I am trying to make a pretty short board like for pumping and cruising so like around a 20 inch wheel base probably

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    Default Re: where to get wood to make a longboard...?

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    Default Re: where to get wood to make a longboard...?

    if you got the money it never hurts to experiment(practicing cutting lining up the holes etc.) but I definitely would suggest trying to find the thinner wood. It is hard if not impossible to get the 1/4 inch wood to concave. And even with like a 20 inch wheelbase I wouldn't use any less than 3 plys on it. And depending on your weight that will probably even have a bit of flex in it.
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    Default Re: where to get wood to make a longboard...?

    You wanna use Baltic Birch, not Birch, thats the codename for 'crappy filler wood in the middle ply'

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    Default Re: where to get wood to make a longboard...?

    True story. I tried it.
    using 1/8'' birch, i made a 9-ply (3 layers) board. It was great for a while... then it broke in half like everyone said it would.
    Moral of the story: Follow the crowd and use the right wood.

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    Default Re: where to get wood to make a longboard...?

    Quote Originally Posted by R&R Boarding Co View Post
    True story. I tried it.
    using 1/8'' birch, i made a 9-ply (3 layers) board. It was great for a while... then it broke in half like everyone said it would.
    Moral of the story: Follow the crowd and use the right wood.
    Roarockit it pretty much it if you are looking for 1/16 sugar maple veneer unless you want to invest 10 grand and buy from a mill (yup by the time you have it shipped to you...that would be a close estimate)
    Our prices for the maple are reasonable and the veneer is exactly the same as what goes into a production deck. Unfortunatly shipping has always been an issue especially with builders in California. (eastern Canada is a lot of gas guzzling miles from you) To let everone know we do not profit on shipping. Maple veneer is heavy and cannot be folded or tubed for shipping so the price UPS and the mail charge reflects this. Anyone selling maple veneer to you, if they want to stay in business will have to charge you shipping and the additional costs like storage and freight from mill costs.
    Warehousing maple for boardbuilders really is not a big moneymaker and the board manufacturers really could care less about selling to you guys so the availability of the stuff is always going to be an issue. I stock it for boardbuilders because I have a genuine interest in making skateboards and because we have to buy it anyway for our skateboard deck kits.
    My advice is to start off using 1/8th Baltic birch. (purchased in 5 x 5 sheets) It makes great decks, then every once in a while splurge and buy some maple from us.
    The beauty of wood is it all works. It just takes a little imagination to make it happen.
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