How to make a PVC Skateboard
I have always found skateboarding to be an interesting sport with all of the tricks and jumps that people can do. I have seen many types of boards, but I wanted to make some thing a little different. I then stumbled across a PVC skateboard, but I could not find any information on how to make one. So I fixed that problem.
I first did a little research on board dimensions and found that they come in many sizes. I knew our board would not be very wide, so I decided to make it about 28 inches long.
Note: The fittings are different from every company, so you may have to adjust the sizes slightly to make everything fit correctly.
(ALL 1-inch PVC)
- (4) 90 degree elbows
- (4) 45 degree elbows
- (2) End caps
- (2) Plugs
- 10 foot length of 1-inch Pipe
- 1/4 x 20 Threaded Metal Rod
- 1/4 x 20 Lock Nuts
- PVC Cement
- Trucks with 2-inch machine screws
- PVC Cutters
- Small file
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Step 1: Making the Deck
Making the Deck
I wanted the finished project to be about 28 inches long, so after some testing I determined I needed:
two pipes cut to 23.25 inches long and
two pipes cut to 22.50 inches long.
I then laid the pipes side by side with the longer ones on the outside.
On the front, I added an end cap to the center pipes. The outer pipe received a 90-degree elbow facing inward.
On the back of ALL the pipe I added a 45-degree elbow facing upward.
I then cut four 2-inch pipes to go in the outer 45-degree elbows. Onto those pipe I added a 90-degree elbow facing inward.
I now needed to connect the front and rear elbows and a 3.5 inch pipe fit well in both. In the process of adding the 3.5 inch pipe, the inner pipes will be sandwiched tight between the outer pipes. If this is not a tight fit, then the 3.5 inch pipe will need to be shortened a little.
I then added some plugs to rear inner elbows to add just a little more support. They did not need to be fully inserted.
Step 2: Reinforcing the Deck
Reinforcing the Deck
Now that I knew everything fit, I disassembled everything and added PVC cement to all of the fittings.
(Make sure all of the fittings are seated and level or the measurements will be off.)
I gave the cement at least 2 hours to dry before proceeding.
It is now time to connect the inner pipes with the outer pipes.
To do this I added a 1/4 x 20 threaded rod through the front and rear of all the pipes.
A drill press would have made quick work of this step, but I did not have one. So I carefully took a ruler and marker and drew a straight line across the top of the fittings at the front and rear of the deck. I then took a drill and made a hole though all of the fittings, making sure everything lined up.
(Make sure the hole goes through the fittings because they are already sandwiched together and will not bend as easily.)
I then measured and trimmed the threaded rod just wider than the rear of the board. I had to hammer it in place because it was a tight fit.
I then added the lock nuts and filed down and sharp edges.
(The rod should not stick out past the nuts, so trim if needed.)
I repeated this step for the front of the board.
The rods will hold the inner and outer pipes together and keep them from twisting.
I tested the deck before adding the trucks and everything appear strong enough.
Step 3: Adding the Trucks
Adding the Trucks
It was now time to add some trucks.
I found a cheap used $3 skateboard at a local thrift store that had the same deck size as my PVC deck, so I scavenged the trucks from it.
I also had to pick up some long 2-inch machine screws and locking nuts to hold everything together.
I then positioned the trucks where I wanted and marked the holes with a marker.
I drilled each hole and double checked the placement before screwing the trucks in position.
(Make sure not to over tighten the nuts or you can break the pipe.)
Step 4: Testing the Skateboard
Testing the Skateboard
I then took the board out for a test and it preformed wonderfully.
The pipe did not appear to bend or flex under my weight.
I am not a pro skateboarder, so my riding style it not great but it handled my attempts at tricks.
If I was to build this skateboard again, I would have purchased a better set of trucks and some grip tape because the pipe is a little slick.
Overall I would recommend this build if you want a unique skateboard at your local skate park.
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Just remember that PVC is only a form of hard plastic. It can and will break if too much weight or force is applied and injuries can occur. Please use caution when using anything made from PVC. Use of content for personal projects is at your own risk.