Build a Skateboard


Youth Woodworking Series Level: All


The class is taught by instructor John Edwards. Currently John instructs a variety of youth oriented wood working classes in and around the Port Townsend area.
Kids ages 10 and up can build their own skateboards this summer at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking at Fort Worden. Students  need to attend all five days to complete their skateboard.
The course is offered by the Jefferson County YMCA.

Class Description

Students will build their skateboard decks from veneers of supplied wood using the vacuum glue up method over a foam mold. This involves applying glue to the sufaces of wood veneers and placing then in vacuum bags.
Once the air is removed from the bags the wood veneers contract to the form of the mold also placed in the bag.
The next day participants remove the blank from the vacuum bag and trim excess material using files, rasps and sandpaper.
Next, design decoration is applied to the bottom with a wide selection of wood veneers to create their unique visuals. Then they add grip tape surfaces to the top and seal the design work on the bottom.
Finally, trucks will be attached to the completed deck, and the finished product will be a ready-to-
use skateboard.
The course offers the participants instruction with a vareity of hand tools including saws, files, rasps, sanding blocks, scroll knives and vacuum bags. This class gives students the opportunity to develop wood working skills and to create an artistic design using wood veneer.


All tools are provided.



Class Information and Registration

Class starts at 10:00am to 4:00pm each day. 

Class size: 10
Cost: $250
Materials Charge: Included


You can register online for this class with the Jefferson County YMCA 

Or contact Marla Overman by email at or by phone at 1-360-385-5811.


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