HOW SKATEBOARD DECKS ARE CONSTRUCTED

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SKATEBOARD DECK CONSTRUCTION

The average skateboard deck is made from laminated veneers (plys) of Canadian Hardrock Maple, which is a relatively durable wood. The standard 7 ply lay-up has 5 of the plys' grain running the length of the deck and  (nose to tail)  and the third and fifth veneer grain run from side to side (rail to rail). The cross grain lay-up adds strength. Most of the stress falls across the width of the deck, but the two cross-grained layers help to prevent the board from splitting down the middle and/or warping.

The veneers receive even coats of industrial wood glue as they are fed into a glue applicator. The veneers are then stacked and prepared fpor the hydraulic press. Several decks can be pressed at one time. The press forms the concave, nose, and tail, but no shape. After the freshly pressed veneers set, which can be several minutes or hours, the stack of blanks are drilled for truck placement. The skateboards begin to take shape on a band saw. The blanks are individually routed and sanded smooth around the edges. At this point they are ready to be coated with sealant or paint and are ready for graphics. For a wood deck the graphics are screen printed one colour at a time. Slick bottom decks have a layer of PBT plastic that have the graphics printed on. The plastic is actually applied to the bottom veneer during the lamination process. Once dry, the decks are packaged and ready to ship to a company such as Australias Favorite Skateboard Shop.

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