Paper Skateboard

Best results are achieved when printed on A3 paper or larger, with a GSM of 150 or more. For detailed photos of the construction process, as well as photos of the completed skateboard visit the process log.

The file(s) in this download are supplied under the below creative commons licence. They are available to download in PDF, PNG, and JPEG file extensions and consist of five pages excluding instructions.

The instructions provided on this page should be treated as a guide as there are numerous ways of construction. The alphanumeric guides on the tabs and corresponding positions are kept on a separate layer (PDF) and can be hidden if you have experience in paper craft or are confident in your abilities.

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PDF will open in a new window to view and download. PNG and JPEG have been compressed into a zip file for ease of download. Files also available from my google drive.

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Utensils:

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You will need a combination of the following tools and utensils:

For cutting; Stanley Knife, Scalpel, Box Cutter and/or Scissors. For creasing; Ballpoint Pen (with or without ink), Butter Knife, and/or the back of the cutting implement. For Ruling and Folding; Ruler and/or Straight Edge. For Gluing; PVA would be suggested as stronger glue can dissolve paper depending on its thickness. For applying Glue; Match Sticks, Tooth Picks, wooden Chicken Skewers, and/or Paint Brush.

Preparation:

1. Download and print one of the above templates.

2. Crease all the fold lines using the back of a scalpel/stanley knife (or a pen if you like the solid line-work), this is important in order to easily fold them later on.

3. Cut out all of the parts using your scalpel, making sure to keep them in their correct groups. You will notice some of the alphanumeric guides are shown around the edge of the smaller parts, keep these aside to cut out later to save confusion.

4. Pre-fold all the tabs previously creased. This is advised before messy glue becomes involved as it will provide a cleaner finished product.

5. Make sure to leave adequate time in between gluing parts and tabs. It is suggested you work on multiple parts and pieces at once, alternating to allow enough drying time.

Internal Structure:

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1. Start by gluing the two truck supports (1, 2) and the two kick supports (8, 9) in preparation for gluing them to the deck itself.

2. Glue one side of the internal structure pieces to the deck in the places shown in diagram one. Apply glue to the top-facing sides at the appropriate time when following the steps to glue the deck itself.

3. Attach the sides of the kicks to the main body.

4. Apply glue to the internal parts of the kick and attach the remaining kick face to the edge of the kicks. Apply pressure to either side of the kick face to ensure a strong bond for the internal structure.

Making the Deck:

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1. Enclose the side of the kick already attached by a seam, to the rest of that kick face. Make sure to leave the tab which attaches the side of the kick to the side of the main body.

2. Enclose the main section of the deck. It is at this point you will want to apply glue to the top-facing internal structure pieces previously unglued. Make sure to leave the top-facing internal structure of the kicks until the next step. It’s also suggested to lay the deck on a flat surface and apply an appropriate amount of pressure to help maintain a straight unwarped deck and to help provide a strong bond for the internal structure.

3. Attach the sides of the kicks to the main body.

4. Apply glue to the internal parts of the kick and attach the remaining kick face to the edge of the kicks. Apply pressure to either side of the kick face to ensure a strong bond for the internal structure.

Making the Trucks:

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1. Enclose the side of the kick already attached by a seam, to the rest of that kick face. Make sure to leave the tab which attaches the side of the kick to the side of the main body.

2. Enclose the main section of the deck. It is at this point you will want to apply glue to the top-facing internal structure pieces previously unglued. Make sure to leave the top-facing internal structure of the kicks until the next step. It’s also suggested to lay the deck on a flat surface and apply an appropriate amount of pressure to help maintain a straight unwarped deck and to help provide a strong bond for the internal structure.

3. Attach the sides of the kicks to the main body.

4. Apply glue to the internal parts of the kick and attach the remaining kick face to the edge of the kicks. Apply pressure to either side of the kick face to ensure a strong bond for the internal structure.

Internal Structure

Internal Structure

Deck

Deck

Trucks

Trucks

Wheel Set (1 of 2)

Wheel Set (1 of 2)

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