Building a Skateboard in a Vacuum


Bring a new generation to the shop and learn a new technique – the vacuum-press pump.
By Hunter Lang
Pages: 72-75

From the November 2008 issue #172
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Over the years as a skateboarder, I’ve owned many different skateboards of varying quality, and I have always wondered what it would be like to build one myself.

The Roarockit skateboard kit offered the perfect opportunity to experience the skateboard-building process firsthand. While it was at times challenging, the results are very rewarding for someone who enjoys tinkering and learning how things are made.

Most skateboards are mass produced in steam presses. As this would be very expensive to do yourself, a valid alternative is to use a kit and a hand-powered vacuum-press pump.

The Roarockit kit consists of a foam mold, seven 1/16″-thick maple veneers that are precut to the shape of a skateboard, the necessary glue, a mesh sleeve to hold the veneers to the mold, and a vacuum-seal bag and pump that are used to press the veneers to the shape of the mold and hold them in place until the glue dries.


From the November 2008 issue #172
Buy this issue now