I had an old kids toy mini skateboard and it was trashed, and very cheap… But it was made out of wood! Something I know how to work with.
The trucks and bearings were trash plastic…
I started by taking everything apart:
I started by sanding down the skateboard (I was unable to peel the sticker logo covering the top and bottom of the board)
Now I have a wood skateboard blank, nice and clean
But the edges were square… not like a real skateboard.
I sanded them down and made them rounded.
Now to add some grip tape to the top. I start by dusting off the board from sanding, then align the sheet on top of the board.
I then gently pull the backing off and slide it out as I hold the grip tape into position.
After the grip tape is applied, use a utility knife to cut the grip tape away, carefully cutting at an angle to the boards shape.
Now the fun part! Decorating! Grab a bunch of stickers and make something you like!
I put it together with the same plastic trucks for now, because the bolt pattern is ‘old school’ and closer together then my new trucks.
the board looks really cool, check out a few pictures:
Lets compare size from a normal skateboard to this mini board:
After a little ride… I realized that plastic trucks were worse then I thought (and I knew they were bad…)
So then I rebuilt the board with metal trucks… I added bolts with washers in the original larger hole spacing, and just put screws in the smaller ones for now… I plan to drill the holes and mount another pair of trucks I have.
The regular skate board trucks are wider then the board, which I read was a bad thing for stability, but I have went full speed and not noticed any issues.
This is an ongoing project and I am sure it will keep changing!