Skateboarding Wonders And Wizards And Design Decor

Skateboarding Wonders And Wizards And Design Decor



Skateboarding is​ a​ sport in​ which many compete and​ some make a​ career; it’s a​ means of​ transportation, and​ a​ way of​ life. Sure, you’ve seen it​ in​ operation, but how’s a​ skateboard manufactured? The basic material is​ maple, selected for​ its tight, close grain; from straight stock. Cut and​ stripped, the maple is​ cut and​ prepared for​ laminating. Maple wood is​ a​ sustainable resource, and​ offers a​ stable wood that is​ not prone to​ warping in​ the presence of​ moisture.

Sliced thin, seven layers of​ veneer are fed through a​ machine that applies just the right amount of​ glue; then the layers of​ veneer are placed in​ a​ hydraulic press that forms the nose, tail, and​ concave of​ the skateboard under pressure. Some manufacturers specialize in​ ‘slick’ boards, which means that a​ layer of​ slippery plastic has been bonded to​ the bottom. When the veneers emerge from the press—shaped like a​ stretched ‘U’—they’re ready to​ be drilled and​ cut. These blanks are mounted in​ a​ drill press, and​ drilled out to​ mount the desired wheelbase. Skateboards are further shaped on​ the band​ saw.

Once they’re cut, boards are sanded and​ routed out by hand; it’s a​ skilled operation. With the decks completely sanded, they are ready to​ be sprayed with a​ sealant. Decks are screen-printed by hand, one color at​ a​ time, starting with the darkest color first. Now printed, the decks are stacked in​ a​ rack to​ dry. The paint can take three to​ five days to​ cure, depending on​ its formulation. Boxed and​ crated, the skateboards are ready to​ ship to​ your​ local shop.

How much should you​ expect to​ pay for​ a​ skateboard? in​ the US, you’ll pay about $100 for​ a​ locally-manufactured board. Keep an​ eye on​ advertisements in​ industry magazines Big Brother, Slap, Thrasher, and​ Transworld Skateboarding (all US-only titles). of​ course, here we’re talking about ‘new school’ boards that are skinny, short-ish, and​ almost symmetrical, with small, hard wheels.

Older boards, used during the 1980s, were characterized by wide, longish, asymmetrical decks and​ large wheels. The advantage the new boards offer over old ones is​ that they use less wood (that’s an​ advantage for​ the manufacturers), and​ get up to​ speed more quickly (which is​ an​ advantage for​ the skateboarder).

Are you​ choosing a​ skateboard as​ a​ gift? Have a​ long conversation​ with the person​ you’re buying the skateboard for, so that you​ get what they’ll use, neither more nor less. you​ might want to​ look into the preassembled complete boards that some shops offer around the holidays, if​ only because you’ll pay less than if​ you​ put the board together piece-by-piece.




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