Are you trying learning to ride a skateboard. Which is the best skateboard for you. I’m going to show you how to make a fairly inexpensive skateboard and then while doing so I’m going to show you recreate Bart Simpson skateboard. Let’s get in the project Okay. So first things first we got to do a little bit research on my man Bart here. Okay, Google.
How tall is Bart Simpson? Those are blue. Okay, Google what size skateboard for someone who’s 4 feet tall? Come on Google. I can’t be reading all day. All right So I read half an article which makes me an expert now and it looks like maybe someone that’s about 4 feet tall should be riding a skateboard. That’s somewhere in the ballpark of 24 to 28 inches long with Bart’s skateboard. It looks like it’s kind of more reminiscent of an old school skateboard, maybe from the 80s or early 90s. So we’re going to go definitely with that style his skateboards got more of a rounded nose and a squared off tail. So now that I got my pattern drawn out, let’s go cut it with a jigsaw.
I Wish there was an easy way to flip it student well that was easy. I went ahead and rounded over all the edges with a belt sander to get it nice and smooth. That leads us into our next step which is going to be removing the grip tape now. I found that the easiest way to do this is if you can clamp the board down to something solid. Take something round like a big dowel or a broom handle and start rolling the grip tape off backwards It comes up pretty easy. You can always warm it up with a hairdryer or heat gun first and that will help soften things up as well after the grip tape we’re going to turn our attention to those out of the board and start scraping up all these old stickers and taking. Off the old graphic now since I’m making more of an art piece hers as a electrical skateboards. I’m going to strip this down to bare wood so that I can paint it have to come out to be a smooth finish if you’re Just making a writable board and you don’t care about it being that stuff and no big deal.
You can skip this step. Now once that smooth I’m going to use a little bit of filler primer to help fill in any of the remaining divots. Now I think Bart’s board was green in the older seasons versus the newer seasons where it tends to be just a wood tone .I’m going to go with Green I think that looks to be a little bit more fun than just blank wood plus later on. I do want to put a graphic on this board. So Green is going to be a nicer background color than nothing once that’s dry. I’m going to turn my attention over the grip tape now Bart’s board always has a stripe running down the middle of it I went with orange and green. So what I’m going to do now is take this orange a sheet of grip tape cut about a two inch strip out of it. That’s all I’m going to use. So that was money well spent then I’m going to take this sheet of green. Cut it right down the center and now I have 3 pieces of grip tape that I’m working with Now grip tape works.
Just like a big uncomfortable sticker. You start peeling off the backing paper and patting it down with your hand trying to not get any air bubbles underneath it. Then I’m using the orange strip to run down the middle width and then I’m going to but my two green pieces up on either side. Of it and give myself one consistent piece of grip tape across the entire deck. Now the grip tapes laid down you’re going to want to score the edge with something flat and metal like this screwdriver and then run along your new traced edge with a razor blade and Trim it to shape So, I went ahead and picked these generic trucks off of an Amazon for pretty cheap, but I know I wanted to paint them So I dismantled them scuff them up with a scotch brite pad and then clean them off with some alcohol.
I Assembled this little paint station for myself then looking at some video clips of Bart. It looks like he has teal trucks and a lot of the clips so I went ahead and doused these things with some of this rust-oleum satin vintage teal. Then once they were dry, I reassemble them with some yellow bushings and they came out looking great and for the next step you’re going to need something thin and to key and what we’re going to do. We’re going to come through the bottom side of the board stab the grip tape and that’ll provide a hole for us to slip our hardware through. Then we’ll be able to attach the truck to the board itself. Remember that you want your kingpins facing each other on the inside of the board. It looks like Bart uses the bigger old school style wheels, so I went with these fifty nine millimeter pink wheels. I’m going to pair those wheels up with some bearings to help press the bearing to the wheel. I use a 5/8 inch socket because it matches the outside diameter of the bearing and it helps press the bearing into the wheel just a little bit easier. Once the bearings are all pressed in you can then bolt them up to the trucks and you know what?