How to Make Your Own Tech Deck Fingerboard

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How to Make Your Own Tech Deck Fingerboard
Add to your collection of Tech Deck fingerboards by learning how to make your own. (skateboard truck image by DianaStrizhigotskaya from Fotolia.com)

Since 2000, Tech Deck fingerboards have grown in popularity, mainly among teens and tweens . Tech Decks are miniature skateboards; a boarder performs tricks with his fingers. Among the uses for Tech Decks are collection, trade and competition.

Tech Decks come with all sorts of designs and colours, however, enthusiasts are starting to learn how to make their own finger boards to add to their collections.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Tech Deck trucks and wheels
  • Tech Deck skate tool
  • Cereal box
  • Skateboard grip tape or sandpaper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Needle
  • Pen
  • Paint or markers

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut out one of the large panels of a cereal box. Trace or freehand the outline of a Tech Deck fingerboard onto the cardboard, including the holes for the trucks. This will be your template.

  2. 2

    Cut out the template and retrace it onto the cereal box panel six more times to make the layers for your fingerboard. Mark the eight holes for the trucks, four on each side of the board. Cut out all six of the Tech Deck layers.

  3. 3

    Poke all eight of the holes out of each layer using a needle. Stack them together before poking through to make sure the holes are all even.

  4. 4

    Glue all the layers together, one on top of the next. Avoid blocking the holes for the trucks, and wipe off any excess glue that seeps out. Use the needle to poke through the holes if you notice any glue in them. Allow the glue to dry.

  5. 5

    Apply your grip tape or sandpaper to the top of your cardboard Tech Deck. Use glue if you are using sandpaper, and allow to dry. Cut off any excess tape or sandpaper hanging off the sides. Use the needle to poke the holes out for the trucks on the grip tape.

  6. 6

    Decorate and customise your Tech Deck fingerboard using markers, paint, and/or stickers. Allow the paint or ink to dry. Bend each end of the fingerboard up so that it resembles the tail and nose of a real skateboard.

  7. 7

    Mount the trucks and wheels on. Put each of the eight bolts through a hole and secure the bolts to the trucks using the Tech Deck skate tool.

Tips and warnings

  • Use extra pieces of grip tape that you have left over from your real skateboard rather than buying a whole brand new strip.
  • Apply a thin layer of clear coat nail polish to the underside of your Tech Deck fingerboard to protect your graphics.
  • Use a precision knife to carefully cut out designs and shapes on your grip tape for added flare.
  • Buy Tech Deck trucks and wheels separately so you don't have to disassemble one of your other fingerboards to use them.
  • Freehand your original Tech Deck template and give your fingerboard an unorthodox shape to it.
  • Allow the glue to dry before using your Tech Deck to prevent it from collapsing, bending, or breaking.

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