How to Make a Skateboard Longboard Out of an Old Snowboard

by Jen Randall
Very stiff snowboards are best to recycle into skateboard longboards.

Very stiff snowboards are best to recycle into skateboard longboards.

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Snowboarding and skateboarding -- as well as skateboard longboarding -- enable riders to flexibly zoom forward, or carve, through a given space. As a style of "sidewalk surfing," longboarding is possible thanks to evenly spaced small, sprung wheels attached to a metal trunk. While boards differ in material and shape, it is possible to recycle an old snowboard, preferably a very stiff freeride board, into a skateboard longboard for casual use.

Items you will need

  • Old, stiff snowboard
  • Screwdriver
  • 2 cement bricks
  • 2 old towels
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Drill with 1/8-inch bit
  • Longboard trunks
  • 8 1/8-inch bolts
  • 8 1/8 inch nuts
  • 8 1/8 inch washers
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Wheel bearings and provided bolts
  • Wheels
  • Gripping traction pads
Step 1

Remove snowboard bindings with a screwdriver. While most bindings can be removed by hand, it is possible you may need to use a power tool.

Step 2

Place the board, known as a deck in longboarding terminology, on top of two cement bricks covered in old towels to prevent scratching. Stand in the middle of the mounted deck and bounce your body. If the deck gives a lot, bring the bricks closer together and try again until there is only a small amount of give.

Step 3

Use a Sharpie to mark on the bottom of the deck where the bricks are; this is where you will attach the metal turning mechanism, also known as longboard trunks.

Step 4

Move the bricks out a few inches. Put the deck down on the bricks upside down so that area where the trunks will be attached has nothing under it. Place the trunks on the board evenly in the center where marked previously. Specifically make dots with the Sharpie where to drill the eight holes to insert the bolts. Set trunks aside.

Step 5

Firmly hold with one hand the deck to the bricks, or have a friend hold the deck in place. Carefully use a power drill with the 1/8-inch bit to drill eight holes all the way through the board based on the Sharpie dots.

Step 6

Put the trunks on top of the new holes. Push the long 1/8-inch bolts through. Turn the board over, twist the washers on and screw 3/8-inch nuts onto all of the bolts. Tighten all of the nuts with a wrench adjusted to the 3/8-inch size loosely at first, then go around a second time to tighten every bolt evenly. Use a screw cutter to sever off any unnecessarily long bolts that may cause a safety hazard to the rider.

Step 7

Turn board over again onto the bricks. Insert the bearings to the trunks and bolt down with provided bolts, nuts and washers. Insert the wheels into place, securing tightly, following instructions that come with the wheels.

Step 8

Take the finished longboard off the bricks and set down down. Apply gripping traction pads to the top of the deck to give the rider additional support.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add riser pads between the bearings and the trunks to prevent wheel bite.
  • Snowboards turned into longboards can be extremely flexible since snowboards are designed to have pressure all across the board, while longboard skateboards are designed to have pressure only at the trunks, thus the ride may be very different. To minimize this undesirable flexibility, bolt down a long piece wood under the board before securing the trunks.
  • Operate power tools and other machinery with caution and in a safe place.

About the Author

Jen Randall has been a writer and editor since 2004. She has worked as a newspaper reporter, academic editor, freelance blogger and ghostwriter, covering education, art and design, fashion, culture and society. Randall earned her Bachelor of Arts in comparative history from the University of Washington.

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