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    Default Christmas Boards for the Grandkids.

    A couple years back I made custom longboards for my 5 eldest granddaughters, and this year the two youngest have decided they are now old enough too, and have been asking me when I'm going to build them skateboards too.

    They're not quite 8 yet so I didn't want to build them boards too heavy for them. I started with a couple of ready-made decks and re-shaped them to be small versions of the one I ride.

    https://www.silverfishlongboarding.c...ime-charm.html
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    Default Re: Christmas Boards for the Grandkids.

    This one is being shaped from a large generic Chocolate brand popsicle. I bought a similar Darkstar deck to make the other.

    They will not be identical.
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    Default Re: Christmas Boards for the Grandkids.

    Great idea!!

    You can blue stain mine and do drop through truck mounts. No stickers....

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    Default Re: Christmas Boards for the Grandkids.

    Yes LOL....

    Actually I'm doing a semi-schlongboard mount on the front truck and probably will drop-thru the rear.
    This will increase the WB about 4" when finished.

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    Default Re: Christmas Boards for the Grandkids.

    You are damn awesome grandfather. Seriously … can't put a price on a great grandfather.
    I go kayaking with my grandfather and he also builds kayaks. One day - I hope to build one with him.

    Those are great looking boards for some awesome kids.


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    Default Re: Christmas Boards for the Grandkids.

    It's a very lucky man that has a gaggle of granddaughter's quite so lovely as these.

    I'm very lucky that a simple thing like a skateboard is enough to make them happy.

    We have a lot of depressed kids in this country I think a big deal is lack of fresh air and exercise and sunshine. It doesn't just rob your body but it affects your mood and your outlook when you don't get enough exercise.

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    Default Re: Christmas Boards for the Grandkids.

    The major shaping and sanding is done on this board. I'm going to drop through the rear truck so I still have to cut that slot.

    I mocked this up just to see how it would look I can't give these trucks to an 8 year old. These are rare prototype Don't-trips which makes them nearly priceless.

    I love the These wheels. They rebound more energy than any wheel I have ever tested.
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    Default Re: Christmas Boards for the Grandkids.

    Love it, the boards, the family angle, good work sir!
    An inspiration in the least.

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    Default Re: Christmas Boards for the Grandkids.

    The rear truck drop is achieved by drilling small holes at the corners of my marks and then cutting out the slot with a keyhole saw.

    It doesn't look very accurate because I cut the slot out quickly, and slightly undersized, knowing that I would file it exactly to shape by hand to fit the truck I was going to use.

    If you don't oversize the slot you don't needlessly weaken the board, so I want to make the slot as small as possible.

    I'm not worried that the eight year olds will break this board but their teenage sisters could.
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    Default Re: Christmas Boards for the Grandkids.

    This is my mini hybrid drop through semi-schlongboard with Ace 159 mm (?) Hanger on Indy baseplate at the rear, Indy 215 at the front, These wheels, Bones Reds, generic spacers, various bushings, no risers, no paint, no grip.

    The grandkids will freak, having never seen anything like this.

    The hard work is essentially done and now the fun part begins, which is the artwork
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    Default Re: Christmas Boards for the Grandkids.

    I was up after 2AM listening to the election returns and trying to come up with artwork for the boards.
    So far I've sketched a ninja kitty, ninja mouse, jet-powered duck, and the atomic butterfly.

    No pics of the sketches yet, because I don't like any of them yet except ninja kitty, which I copied from the web.

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    Default Re: Christmas Boards for the Grandkids.

    Here are the first sketches for the artwork.

    Ninja kitty and rocket penguin are the favorites so far.

    I thought I was going to like the atomic butterfly, but then I decided that any butterfly that propels himself by shooting nuclear mushroom clouds from his butt was probably a bit too much for 7 year olds.
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    Default Re: Christmas Boards for the Grandkids.

    Quote Originally Posted by Uluwatu View Post
    Here are the first sketches for the artwork.

    Ninja kitty and rocket penguin are the favorites so far.

    I thought I was going to like the atomic butterfly, but then I decided that any butterfly that propels himself by shooting nuclear mushroom clouds from his butt was probably a bit too much for 7 year olds.
    Nah man. Butterfly is great
    this is the worst sig ever

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    Default Re: Christmas Boards for the Grandkids.

    My wife said #1 Penguin, #2 Butterfly, #3 Duck/bird. FWIW I like the duck/bird.
    "Give a man fire and he's warm for the night. Set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life" - T. Pratchett

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    Default Re: Christmas Boards for the Grandkids.

    Penguin revised...

    (I thought it looked like a monkey with swim fins. LOL)
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    Default Re: Christmas Boards for the Grandkids.

    I scanned my sketch of the penguin, and imported it as an underlay into AutoCAD.

    Then I traced over the top of everything and used the cubic b-spline fit polyline function in AutoCAD to make all the curves smooth out.

    I printed this out so I can trace it onto the board directly.
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    Default Re: Christmas Boards for the Grandkids.

    First I need a background coat of white acrylic paint where the penguin goes.
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    Default Re: Christmas Boards for the Grandkids.

    I traced the pattern onto the board using carbon paper and a sharp stick. Without the base coat of white paint the carbon paper just doesn't show up well.

    I put some more white on the belly and the eyes, and when that dried I started laying in the black.
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    Default Re: Christmas Boards for the Grandkids.

    I got these red white and blue Indies for the front of the board and I have some slightly narrower ones for the rear, that I will paint to match.
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    Default Re: Christmas Boards for the Grandkids.

    I'm roughing out the next board. It's going to be a little different with different art.

    Rocket penguin is almost complete except for the grip tape and clear coat.
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