How to Build the Core of a Snowboard

The core is the main part of a snowboard. Depending on how the core is built, it can be the different from a flexible lightweight board or a heavy-and-stiff board.

Steps

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    Construct the core block - (a rectangular block of vertically laminated wood strips)
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    Slice strips of wood off the wood planks using a circular saw or bandsaw, all the same thickness and as wide as necessary.
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    Using a suitable wood glue - glue the strips together all the way down the length, evenly lined up together.
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    Use clamps to hold the wood strips together.
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    Remove the excess glue if any, once the wood strips are glued together and dried.
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    Cut it down to the size using the thickness planer.
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    Cut inserts into the core using the centre drill bit in a 4x4 pattern.
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    Slice off sidewalls from the plank using the circular saw.
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    Glue your sidewalls to the core. Side walls are glued to the side of the board.
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    Router the board.
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    Sand off the whole core until it is smooth.

Tips

  • Try to be as accurate as possible.
  • Be patient with all of the steps and take your time.

Warnings

  • Keep hands and other body parts away from the machines.

Things You'll Need

  • Bandsaw- an electric or pedal-driven saw with a blade consisting of a long, narrow, flexible band of toothed metal
  • Thickness planer- a woodworking machine which is used to create boards that are of an even thickness throughout their length and plane on the upper surface
  • Micrometer- used to measure thickness accurately
  • Centre drill bit ~10mm- cutting tools used to create cylindrical holes
  • Electric drill- tool with a rotating drill bit used for drilling holes in various materials
  • Router- used to rout out (hollow out) an area in the face of a piece of wood
  • Various clamps- used to push wood together and hold to wood in place

Article Info

Categories: Snowboarding