Hello and welcome back to Switch and Lever! Today we’re going to make something which
has been on my to do list for a long time, and with spring approaching, I ask, is there
a better thing to make than a skateboard!? I won’t bore you with the history of skateboards,
but instead, let’s just dive into designing our board. This board is going to be a small
skateboard, reminiscent of a penny board. The shape itself will be similar to a cruiser
longboard, but much smaller and with a kicktail in the back. We’re going to start from an already preexisting
skateboard, whatever the cheapest brand knockoff penny board brand I could find at the store. The deck of these boards are made from plastic,
and you want to start off by removing it completely. The only thing you’re after are the trucks
which share more commonalities with longboard trucks than those of regular skateboards.
Due to the shorter deck of the penny board however they do ride a bit different, and
is a lot lighter to bring with you. Make sure you keep all the screws and nuts and set everything
aside for later. To make this penny board inspired skateboard
we’re going to be pressing and laminating an entirely new deck from layers of veneer.
To do so however we need to start off making a mold in which to press our veneers. In this
case we’re going to use MDF to make our mold, but you could use chipboard or even regular
wood if you so desire. Start off by cutting a bunch of pieces roughly
bigger than your final board will be. Also make sure they’re at least as long and wide
as the veneers you will be working with so you don’t have any overhang when gluing. Makes
for a much easier time clamping the mold together. Since this is a fairly simple shape, and the
only bend in the veneers is at the kicktail, the mold can be fairly simple. Here we’re
gluing together four layers of thick MDF into one slab, and two into another. These will
serve as the top and bottom of the mold, with the board inbetween. After the glue has dried thoroughly you can
mark out the angle you want for your kicktail on the top of the mold and cut it off. Make
sure you don’t, like me, use a woefully dull bandsaw blade or your experience will be a
bit tedious. Go slow and steady! Once the wedge is cut off you need to affix
it to the other part of the mold. A bit of glue and a couple of screws should to the
trick nicely. Proper alignment is key, so the mold will close properly during gluing. If we can add a clamp across the curve in
the mold we will be able to press the veneer together much better at that point. To that
effect, drawing a line that bisects the angle of the cut, and then two parallell lines gives
us a guide for where to cut away a little more material which will give glue clamps
enough purchase to really put some pressure on that bend. And yes, that bandsaw blade
really should be sharpened or replaced. Smooth off the cut surfaces on both the top
and the bottom of the mold to remove any saw marks, and round off the edge on the top part
of the mold to ensure a nice smooth bend in the kicktail. Finally, to protect the mold, and to prevent
your veneers from being glued stuck to the mold, cover it in packing tape or something
else which will resist any glue squeezout which may occur. I probably don’t need to
tell you how much it would suck if you glue your mold shut. If you have very long pieces of veneer you
may want to cut them shorter ahead of time, both to save glue and to make the glueup go
a bit faster. Just make sure you still leave enough material to fit your board design. This is seven layers of maple veneer, which
has five layers with grain running along the length of the board, and two layers with grain
running across, to make sure it has rigidity in all directions and won’t split during use.
This excellent veneer was donated by Roarockit Skateboards Europe for use in this video.
I do suggest you check out their products if you’re at all interested in building your
own skateboard. They have a great vacuum molding system which is definitely worth the investment
if you plan on making a few boards. The glue we’re using here is Titebond III,
mainly because it’s a very fluid glue, that also has a longer working time before it starts
setting up, making the process of applying glue and clamping much less stressful. Applying the glue to the veneer is best done
with a roller, and you don’t just want to slather the glue onto the veneer. Apply a
thin coat, the veneer should just about be shining with a thin sheen of glue, that’s
enough. If it’s dripping over the edges you’re using far too much glue. Also make sure you’re
applying glue to both sides of the veneer before placing together to ensure good coverage.
If you have too much glue on your veneer it may cause weaknesses in the final board, which
may cause it to break prematurely. Remember that you’re on the clock though, and you really
don’t want this whole glueup and clamping to take much more than 10 minutes in total. Start by adding clamps across the kicktail
bend, now you can see properly why we cut out a little bit of MDF in those areas. From
here, go on to add all the clamps you have. I’m even breaking out the bar clamps here
since they are the ones which will give the highest pressure out of all clamps I have.
Don’t be stingy though, add all the clamps you have, or that you can fit. Nice even pressure
all across the mold will ensure a great result in the end. You may even be able to use ratchet
straps if you don’t have enough clamps, as they should give a good all around pressure
on your mold. If you’ve done your glue up correctly you should have little to no squeezeout
from inbetween the layers of veneer. Now rest, you’ve done enough for one day,
let the glue do its magic and come back tomorrow. The VeRy nexT Day I know you’re excited, so get to it, remove
all those clamps and gaze at the wonder you’ve made. A bent piece of plywood! Of course,
a piece of plywood a skateboard does not make, so let’s move onto the actual design. Print out your design on multiple pieces of
paper and tape them together before cutting out so you have a template of your board.
I marked the location of the bend on the template, so lining that up and taping it down onto
the plywood was very easy. Mark the holes where you will later drill and mount the trucks
and draw an outline all around your template to transfer it onto the plywood. Follow your lines as closely as possible on
your bandsaw, while still leaving a millimeter or so on the outside. Try to cut it as perpendicular
to the board surface as possible. When you get to the kicktail angle the board up so
the tail lays flat on the table. On a belt sander or disc sander, take off the last millimeter
of material to the line and smooth out any roughness left by the bandsaw. Since you’re
sanding end grain on some layers, regardless how you hold the board, you are likely to
get a bit of darkening of the board due to heat, but that’s not too much of a concern. If you have access to a router, or a router
table, the next step should be fairly easy. Install a round over bit into your router,
set the height properly and round over all edges of your board. This may introduce more
darkening of the edges, but still don’t be too worried. If you don’t have a router, you
could use files and sand paper to round over your edges, but doing it with a router ensures
they get a bit more uniform. Depending on the quality of your veneer you
need to sand the top and bottom surface of your board as well. The Roarockit veneers
are quite nice, so not much sanding was really needed. To take care of the burn marks from
before sand down the edges, and make sure the edges blend nicely into the flat surfaces.
I started with 120 grit sand paper to get out all the marks, and then 240 grit to smooth
everything out. If you have an orbital sander this work should go quite quickly, but even
by hand it shouldn’t take too long to get done. As long as you didn’t sand too deep you should
still have the marks we made for drilling left on the board. You can mark them down
a little deeper as well to make it a little bit easier to drill them out. The best way
to drill these holes are no doubt with a drill press, as you get nice and perpendicular holes
through the board. If all you have is a hand drill that works fine too, just try to be
careful you’re drilling square and hitting your mark. Putting a block of wood on the
bottom also helps prevent blowout, which may mar the finish of your final board. Using a piece of scrap that you cut away earlier
from the board set the depth stop on your drill press to the right height for the countersink.
You want the nuts to sit just ever so slightly below the surface of the board, so there is
no risk that they snag onto anything. Setting the depth stop ensures that you don’t go too
deep, and therefore your screw not being solid enough in your board. The more material your
can have between the screw heads and trucks the better. A light sanding once the countersinks are
done smooths out any grain which may have been lifted when making the holes. We’re almost done now, just a few more steps.
Using a few scrap bolts, washers and nuts, make four posts (one in each corner of your
board) to elevate it slightly off the ground. This will enable you to easily varnish both
sides of the board at once, without having to wait for one side to dry before flipping
and doing the other. I’m using a polyurethane varnish, and rather
than doing one thick coat I’m doing plenty of very light coats instead. With light coats
it’s much easier to control the final quality of your varnish, and you have a much less
chance of unsightly runs and drips in your varnish. You can even thin your varnish with
up to 1/4 mineral spirits to make it spread more easily. After you’ve done both sides,
and checked for drips, wait for a few hours before moving on to sanding. Indeed, even though we just varnished it we’re
going to sand it again. This time we’re using a 600 grit sand paper to just knock down the
high spots of the varnish. This may be from bubbles, or any grain that may have risen.
You don’t even need to bother removing the sanding dust from your board, as that will
actually help fill in any uneven areas when the next coat goes on. Add another layer of
varnish, just like the first. Wait, and then sand again. Repeat this process until you’ve
built up 4 to 6 layers of varnish. I usually don’t sand between the last two coats, as
that way if I miss something in my last coat I won’t end up with a dull spot in the varnish. After everything is completely and thoroughly
dry, usually after 24 hours or so, you can remove the hardware. Unscrew the nuts and
remove the bolts from the board. The washers may still be stuck in the varnish, but that’s
really no problem. And now for a public service announcement.
Always remember to choose the right tool for the job you’re doing. Even though the tool
which is closest at hand, like a utility knife, may seem like the ideal tool to remove washers
stuck in varnish it’s really not very clever to use a very sharp tool where a dull one
will do much better. If you still manage to stab yourself in your
hand or finger using a utility knife, apply immediate pressure, hold your hand high to
reduce the bleeding and try not to panic. Hold pressure for a few minutes before assessing
the injury. If the cut is deep enough, go to the hospital, otherwise clean it and apply
a bandaid. Once all that is done, go get a blunt screw
driver and carefully remove the remaining washers from your board. Of course, to ride your board you’re going
to need grip, so let’s apply some grip tape. Before the grip tape goes on, clear out the
countersinks again just to make sure they’re not gummed up with varnish, especially those
that did not have bolts in them. Since this board is mostly just flat, with one little
bend, applying grip tape should be very easy. Remove the backing from the grip tape and
start in one end, slowly working the tape gradually down the board. Take a piece of
the backing and rub the tape down on the board to make sure it’s stuck down well. To get rid of the excess grip tape gake a
metal rod, like the shaft of a big screw driver, and rub it along the circumference of the
board creating this crisp bright line all around the board. We do this essentually do
remove some grit from the griptape to make it easier to cut off. Taking a utility knife,
like the one you hopefully did not stab yourself with, or a razor blade, run the blade through
the grip tape from the bottom and follow the line around the board. It may take you a few
boards until you manage to get the hang of getting a nice crisp cut around the board.
Like you can see I didn’t do too good of a job, but as long as it’s on there and looks
decent you’re golden! To make sure the edges are less likely to lift during riding you
can take a piece of the grip tape that you cut off before and gently sand down the edges
of the griptape, blending them a little bit into the board. Use something sharp, like a drill bit, and
poke holes in the grip tape where the holes for the trucks will go. I would also recommend
cutting away the grip tape that’s just around the countersinks to make sure that the bolts
seat all the way down and don’t protrude to the surface of your board. Once at this point you basically just have
to put your trucks onto the board and get ready to take it out for a spin! I really hope you enjoyed this video, and
I would again like to extend a big thanks to Roarockit for making this video possible.
Hope you all enjoy spring, ride safe, and respect the power of utility knives! If the weather is poor, or your varnish is
drying too slow for your taste, check out some other videos from Switch and Lever. Also, you know the deal, follow on facebook
and instagram, it’s what the cool kids do! Until next time!

Make a Wooden Penny Board
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100 thoughts on “Make a Wooden Penny Board

  • March 28, 2018 at 9:58 am
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    he is so good with the band saw. i thought i was decent

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  • March 29, 2018 at 6:42 pm
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    I am gonna make this

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  • March 30, 2018 at 10:17 am
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    I have a wooden penny board

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  • March 30, 2018 at 7:57 pm
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    should've been cutting away from yourself literally rule number 1 of using a knife

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  • April 6, 2018 at 8:33 am
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    Plz,Be careful when use knifes.

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  • April 6, 2018 at 8:35 am
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    You work hard for us.

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  • April 8, 2018 at 12:44 pm
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    Do you selling IT ?

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  • April 18, 2018 at 5:52 am
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    l)) dlhdl. l memo

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  • April 22, 2018 at 9:38 pm
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    Switch & Lever: stabs thumb
    Switch & Lever voice over: Yeahhhhhh……so don't do what I did. NBD
    Switch & Lever: continues building board
    Me: I have to like this video now.

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  • May 1, 2018 at 11:40 am
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    R. I. P. finger 2016

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  • May 1, 2018 at 3:45 pm
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    Do not hold your hand above your head if you stab yourself badly it strains your heart and forces more blood out as your body attempts to keep circulation

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  • May 9, 2018 at 10:35 am
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    Is there a way to do this with only hand tools?

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  • May 21, 2018 at 12:39 am
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    I made mine too thin :/ it hasn’t broken but when I step on it, it bends towards the middle, what can I do to make it less bendy?

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  • May 21, 2018 at 9:43 pm
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    sorry dude

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  • May 31, 2018 at 10:15 am
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    Very good

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  • May 31, 2018 at 2:18 pm
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    Nice

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  • June 2, 2018 at 5:51 pm
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    Awesome animations!
    That deserves a like in the first minute.
    Not mentioning you made an awesome skateboard! 👍🏻

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  • June 2, 2018 at 7:20 pm
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    6:28 cringe

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  • June 6, 2018 at 2:02 pm
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    song new cloude new G/F

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  • June 7, 2018 at 9:31 am
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    Abe english ki awlad thoda hindi to bol

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  • June 9, 2018 at 5:11 pm
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    what are you doing bob?
    Im doing my homework its not what it looks like…

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  • June 14, 2018 at 12:44 pm
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    Ciao Luigi come mai sei su internet

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  • June 16, 2018 at 1:12 pm
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    Bad idea buddy, a normal penny baord is made out of plastic. Always was plastic. If the deck is wooden it is more likely to break.

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  • June 16, 2018 at 4:36 pm
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    6:26 xDDDDDDDD

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  • June 19, 2018 at 12:41 pm
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    you are using a metal drill bit

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  • June 23, 2018 at 10:05 pm
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    is anyone gonna talk about the fact that he's literally just making a mini cruiser and not a penny board?

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  • June 24, 2018 at 5:18 pm
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    What kind of wood did you use??

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  • June 29, 2018 at 4:01 am
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    12;51

    Just love how he goes back just fucking covered in blood

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  • July 5, 2018 at 10:31 am
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    OUCH!…But very nice video !

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  • July 7, 2018 at 2:02 pm
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    To elivate it off of the ground you need spacers

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  • July 12, 2018 at 5:15 pm
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    So nice I like it

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  • July 16, 2018 at 4:39 am
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    hahaha I wanted to do this exactly because I really really want a penny but I want something harder and more durable and more eco friendly than plastic, but I had no idea how to start or how do you even build a board and this helped so much!! I shall try this out! thank you so much and I hope your finger is ok!

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  • July 18, 2018 at 7:31 pm
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    orrrrr…. just leave the original deck on? it would save a lot of time, money and effort and you wouldnt have gotten injured…

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  • August 11, 2018 at 8:21 am
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    Remember once and for all, never and under no circumstances do not ruby,do not cut in your direction,so that there are no more such situations!

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  • August 12, 2018 at 5:51 pm
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    Pretty amazing

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  • August 12, 2018 at 10:39 pm
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    Freakin sick

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  • August 15, 2018 at 11:41 am
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    I cringed so hard at the finger stabbing part… R.I.P Finger

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  • August 24, 2018 at 8:32 pm
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    Bro you thit a very very good grip jobe

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  • September 1, 2018 at 6:07 pm
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    What was that skateboard loading clip from? Is that something you threw together in after effects?

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  • September 5, 2018 at 11:46 am
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    way too much work ill buy one for 10 dollars simple

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  • September 6, 2018 at 6:28 pm
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    Ouch!

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  • September 12, 2018 at 1:25 pm
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    his voice tone killed me🤦‍♀️

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  • September 16, 2018 at 8:30 am
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    Pretty cool but I suggest making a little bit larger of a board

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  • September 17, 2018 at 4:17 am
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    I'll just stay with my limited edition maui and sons penny board

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  • September 24, 2018 at 4:01 am
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    Dude why your voice is like

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  • September 24, 2018 at 10:28 pm
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    It's called a cruiser

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  • September 28, 2018 at 11:26 am
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    Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude why did you do de spongebob thingy. Heres an exaple:
    One hour later
    Heres yours:
    The very next day

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  • October 4, 2018 at 1:50 pm
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    I win the ollie on penny board challenge yesss

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  • October 21, 2018 at 7:56 pm
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    Bro is your thumb ok???

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  • October 25, 2018 at 4:06 pm
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    nice vid amigo buen taller saludos

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  • November 12, 2018 at 7:23 pm
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    The very next day

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  • November 21, 2018 at 5:52 am
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    Oof blood

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  • November 21, 2018 at 5:54 am
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    Can I have the board

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  • November 27, 2018 at 10:59 pm
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    Buy a Landyachtz Dinghy! Great board for around 150 dollars.

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  • December 16, 2018 at 1:08 am
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    This video was very informative, the attention to detail was excellent and i think im ready to try this myself with my grandfather

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  • December 17, 2018 at 6:09 am
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    This is an amazing tutorial! I really want to make one!

    What’s the thickness of the veneer? The ones I checked out were an eighth of an inch. And 7 layers of that is almost an inch. Won’t that be too thick?

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  • December 20, 2018 at 6:30 pm
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    how to build a skateboard. step one buy the skateboard

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  • December 28, 2018 at 5:07 pm
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    Wat moet ik nog eens doen?

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  • December 29, 2018 at 2:54 pm
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    I want to buy penny but my mom dont want because they said I will just accident in that sorry for my english typing not too good because im filipino and I am9 years old

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  • January 1, 2019 at 2:33 am
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    12:30 stabs himself*… *continues to work
    Me: savage…

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  • January 1, 2019 at 5:51 am
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    Yo could’ve just put the penny board on top of the wood and cut the outline if it but paper works to I guess

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  • January 9, 2019 at 12:11 pm
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    Ouch that should hurt 12:25

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  • January 10, 2019 at 4:00 am
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    So many knife jokes haha

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  • January 25, 2019 at 6:47 am
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    Step one to make your own penny board: buy a penny board ..

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  • January 27, 2019 at 9:20 am
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    It's a banana board penny is a brand

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  • January 27, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    what was the point of that you bought a penny board just for the trucks then you just made the board part so you can put the trucks on it

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  • February 1, 2019 at 12:56 am
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    Bro your suppose to rub the grip tap with other side that just dulls your grip

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  • February 8, 2019 at 12:54 pm
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    The history of skateboarding isnt boring noob

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  • February 10, 2019 at 2:51 pm
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    you are swedish right? You have a swedish accent

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  • February 18, 2019 at 5:35 am
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    Where's the brazilians

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  • February 24, 2019 at 3:36 pm
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    nice!

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  • February 28, 2019 at 6:25 pm
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    Penny is selling pennyboard components

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  • March 15, 2019 at 12:29 pm
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    Inspireing video 😉 Thankz eller tack 😀 <3 Peace

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  • March 27, 2019 at 7:28 pm
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    The (penny) board is of penny matrials build not of wood .than is it an wood board of wooding board 😖

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  • April 1, 2019 at 10:39 pm
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    next time be cerfull and i hope u gery so fast ^^
    good luck Mr and i enjoy the vid
    😀

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  • April 20, 2019 at 10:35 pm
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    what type of plywood?

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  • April 25, 2019 at 1:10 am
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    I thought this was for 10 year old plus tutorial until i fckin saw the saw….

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  • May 12, 2019 at 8:47 am
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    Very fantastic and comfortable

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  • May 23, 2019 at 7:52 pm
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    When working by a rule of thumb it really helps if you leave it attached to your hand 😉

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  • May 29, 2019 at 2:28 pm
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    Ютуб спасибо

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  • June 9, 2019 at 3:14 am
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    𝕎𝕙𝕪 𝕞𝕒𝕜𝕖 𝕒 𝕡𝕖𝕟𝕟𝕪 𝕓𝕠𝕒𝕣𝕕 𝕚𝕗 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕒𝕝𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕𝕪 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕥𝕠 𝕓𝕦𝕪 𝕠𝕟𝕖

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  • June 21, 2019 at 12:17 pm
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    That was an accident just waiting to happen. Sawing towards you, some more sawing towards you. Then the knife stuff. Yeeaah, not quite what you should encourage. 😉 Cool board though!

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  • June 24, 2019 at 11:03 pm
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    Wow very good ….

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  • June 27, 2019 at 10:50 am
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    I had my wood penny board

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  • July 1, 2019 at 7:36 am
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    This is the best tutorial I have seen so far

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  • July 6, 2019 at 8:18 pm
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    U r ledgend

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:51 am
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    a BENT PIECE OF PLYWOOD!

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  • July 7, 2019 at 5:07 am
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    did you try putting your thumb in rice?

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  • July 9, 2019 at 6:17 pm
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    thats called a cruiser

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  • July 12, 2019 at 3:55 pm
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    very good

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  • July 12, 2019 at 3:57 pm
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    You can send a video how to make skateboard wheels

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  • July 18, 2019 at 2:06 pm
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    this board are made from carbon fibers not plastic

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  • July 19, 2019 at 12:37 am
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    İ think u need to go hospital 😂this injury is big bro

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  • July 19, 2019 at 11:54 pm
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    omg that was a fucking deep cut!! I feel bad for even seeing how deep it went

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  • July 20, 2019 at 12:52 am
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    it is not called a kick tail
    it just called a tail

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  • July 23, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    You cut towards yourself, and it didn’t go well, then you applied the grip tape and you still cut towards yourself

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  • July 29, 2019 at 5:43 am
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    This skateboard deck build video quickly turned into a utility knife safety PSA. lol. Also, I really loved it! Makes me want to try and make a deck of my own! Thanks!

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  • August 9, 2019 at 6:39 am
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    THANK YOU FOR YOUR GRATE IDEA
    VERY WELL

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  • August 15, 2019 at 3:53 pm
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    I’ll try not to cut myself with a razor blade

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