Not all used things are supposed to be thrown to the dump, just like used skateboards.
You can make something new from it that you can use daily. If you want to keep your skating memories near you or you simply want to make something unique by upcycling, making skateboard furniture by yourself is another project that is worth your time.
As long as you have some tools with you, it would be easy to sort things out. A step-by-step guide will make it much easier.
This article will show you how to utilize your creativity. Then you can add a few pieces of furniture in your house.
DIY Skateboard Furniture
It is a glass top table so you would spend a bit of money on the glass. You have a cheaper option to get something in the yard or estate sale.
It’s also easy to assemble, and you only need minimal power tools. You need to gather some planks, complete sets of a skateboard, and fasteners.
You would need help from a power drill, a miter, and a palm sander. The first two tools are essential, as sanding by hand is acceptable.
Putting the parts together is less or more like Ikea-style. Inserting and screwing are both necessary.
1) Cutting the boards
You can use boards with a measurement of 2 x 6 x 8. You can go to the lumberyard to let them cut them into 24″ segments.
There are variations of length of the radial part located on the top of the table base. It depends on your preference, as you can customize it based on the available space.
From 24″ segments, you can shorten it to 20″ or 18″ if you only have limited space. The important detail that you have to check is that the end of each board is an absolute square. If it’s not what you prefer, you can cut it in your shop if you have.
You can make all the sides uniform by cutting the last inch from each side. But don’t forget to maintain the square ends.
2) The Central Joint
It’s essential which part you’ll make the cuts. So you can achieve the 120 degrees pointed boards, so you have to deal with numbers.
There are three important steps:
- You have to put a line along the mark of 60 degrees. It starts in the midpoint to the board’s side. You have to follow the line for cutting.
- You can follow the angles found at the bottom of the miter saw. Since you have a mark on the midpoint, the saw should be in 30 degrees. You can proceed to cut once alignment is precise.
- You have to check things are correct, and trusting the miter saw would make it fast. Once parts are in the needed measurement, you can start cutting.
3) Treating the Wood
There are several benefits you can get when you treat your wood before assembling them. It’s obvious that it can make the final product look very good.
It gives ease during assembly time. Since the boards look flawless, you also feel like you have to do your best so you concentrate so no dings will get in and gluing is done thoroughly and carefully.
If it’s possible for you to get it, you can use polyurethane for added protection on the surface. It has a matte finish.
You can also make it appear glossy. Oil and wax can be the choice of polish.
You can hand-sand between coatings. Hand-sand is a better choice than palm sand. The latter moves too fast so it can melt the finish, and you’ll end up doing it all over again.
4) Connecting the Parts
After the parts are properly cut into its desired size, you can start marking the parts where you can put the holes for doweling. The alignment of the holes is important.
There’s a possible instance that your drill may wobble and make some unwanted movements. So the role of dowel comes in this scenario.
Dowel lets you use the available hole to mark the next part for drilling. Using a dowel center won’t need you to have a doweling jig. So keep an eye on which boards will fit.
Dowel joints can vary, so there’s still a need to label your boards. You have to know which radial support would perfectly fit with the legs of the table.
Here are the areas that you need to drill on:
- sides of pointy bit found on radial support
- a pair of equidistant marks on the underside of every radial support
- a pair of equidistant marks on each leg
You have to drill perpendicularly to the face of what you’re working on. The dowel center can be used as a mark for drill location on the board. You can drill the dowel manually.
5) Using Glue
Put a small amount of glue on both sides of the dowel. You can align the corresponding board.
Push and glue all three boards for the making of the interior joint. When you push everything well together, a strap clamp can be attached around it.
Tighten it all together and let it dry. Next, glue the legs. Clamp them together to put them in place.
6) Putting the Trucks
You have to center the trucks on the board. The outermost wheel is ideally placed on the edge of the radial board.
Measure and mark again. You can use the previous technique but use tape for drill stops. The length of the screw will be the model of the depth of the drill.
Drill every mark. You have to readily go straight so you can keep the screw heads and radial boards parallel to each other.
It will look nicer that way, and trucks will be in the same direction.
7) Adding the Tabletop
The glass should be on the top of the wheels as trucks are turned upside down. It may happen that one set of skateboard wheels hangs a bit farther than the rest.
You may think that it can’t reach the aim of having it rotate. You can experiment with the size of the glass, placement, and bearings.
It’s so easy to make or assemble a skateboard stool. This guide starts with materials rather than the steps.
- 3 – 4 skateboards
- Skateboard trucks
- Long nuts
- Long bolts
- Power drill
- Power saw
- Power sander or sandpaper
Steps that will Guide you
1. Each leg needs a 2 or 2 3/4 skateboard. The seat only requires half of it.
2. The two boards should be cut in the same 18″ length. You have to make sure that the truck holes are in the board’s center.
3. Cut the board for the seat into 12″ length. See to it that the truck holes are in the middle of the board.
4. To make the edges smooth, you can use sandpaper.
5. Drill a hole which is 3/8″ diameter in the middle of the truck holes. Do this in every leg.
6. For the long bolts to fit, drill out four truck holes.
7. The place for the truck is on the drilled holes. You can find them on the legs. You can secure the opposite side by a lock nut.
8. Use the long nuts and lock bolts to connect the seat and the truck.
9. When you tighten the screws, do it gradually. Rotate the between the four bolts you added on the seat.
Lock the nuts simultaneously on the legs of the stool for sturdiness and steadiness.
10. When it’s done, and you can try the strength of the stool a load on it.
These two guides in making a table and a stool are worthwhile. You make something new out of the used skateboards instead of just dumping them into a pile of trash.
The furniture is quite unique. You would love the outcome out of the few steps.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a piece of nice furniture that can be quite catchy for your guests.