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Old 01-17-2009, 07:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My dad and I are thinking about building a snowboard out of wood at home over the summer. Any suggestions, ideas or experience doing this?
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Old 01-17-2009, 07:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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ummmmmmmmm, do you have any idea od what you are doing? one of the first things is finding really thin plys of wood which is extremely hard, then you need a press, most likely a vacuum press except it would have to be fairly large...
and unlike skateboards which i have built, snowboards use stringers, which im not sure how they would be used..
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Haha wow, thats going to be incredibly difficult.

If you are making just a few it will cost you more in materials and equipment than it would to just go out and buy them. It will also take more than a few failures until you get the trick of it.

Things you will need:

Materials
Thin sheets of wood
Epoxy (an assload of it)
Fiberglass sheets
Nuts for the bindings
Aluminium for the edge
Varnish for the topsheet
P-Tex for the base

Equipment:
A router
A drill
Silkscreen machine for any graphics
Press
Sander
Molds for the p-tex base
templates for the wood core
a machine to form the edge.


Watch this:
YouTube - How It's Made- Snowboards - Burton Snowboard Production
YouTube - Snowboard Production Elan Snowboards - Elan Snowboard production
YouTube - Burton Factory Tour - Burton Snowboard Factory Tour


That ought to give you an idea of how a snowboard is made. It's a very complicated and skilled process, thats why they cost so much!
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haha sweet thanks! It will probably be more of a long term relaxed project than a scheduled build, but I'm excited about it. Thanks for the help.
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