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So I used the band saw to cut clearance
arcs for the wheels (Figure D). This did the
trick. Now I could make turns without having
to worry about the wheels jamming into
7. Finish. I painted a design on the bottom of
the skateboard and sprayed on several coats
I added clear grip tape to the entire top
surface of the skateboard. (I found out that
I don’t like clear grip tape, because it gets dirty
really fast. Next time I’ll use black grip tape.)
After installing the trucks and wheels,
I invited my daughter to go skateboarding with
me along the bank of the L.A. River again. She
took her skateboard and I took my new one.
My board worked beautifully. I couldn’t have
been more pleased with the way it handled.
My daughter asked if she could try it out.
“I love this!” she said, as she glided
smoothly down the paved embankment.
“Can we trade?”
It looks like I’ll be making another longboard soon.
Mark Frauenfelder is editor-in-chief of MAKE.
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