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How To Shape Your Own Skate Deck | Creature DIY Kit

Have you ever wanted to shape your own skateboard? Well, the Creature DIY Kit makes it easier than ever. The kit comes with an unshaped 9.5 inch wide deck, a sheet of Mob grip, and templates to help dial in your design. Although basic instructions are included, we decided to cut up a couple boards to let you know what you're in for. 


In addition to the Creature DIY Kit, here is what you will need.

  • Jig Saw
  • Sander/Sand Paper
  • Sharpie/Pencil
  • Safety Glasses
  • Razor Blade
  • File
  • Parental Supervision, if you are a young gun.

Step one: Outlining your shape

First things first, you need to pick your shape. Once you decide whether or not you want to free hand or use the templates, draw/trace the shape of your board on to the top of the deck using the center line as reference. If you are using a template, trace one side of the deck and then flip your template over to trace the other side. If you are looking for perfection, we would recommend using tape to insure your template does not slide. 

Step two: cutting Your Board

Wearing safety glasses, hang the board off the edge of a table and carefully use a Jig Saw to cut the outline of the board. Most small cutting mistakes can be fixed later with a sander.

Step Three: Sanding

Use your sander to smooth and round the edges of the board. You can also use the sander to smooth rough cuts, create wheel wells, or alter the shape. If you made a notched tail or Indy handle, like we did, use a small piece of sand paper by hand to smooth out tough to reach areas.

Step Four: Grip and Mount

The Creature DIY Kit comes with a free sheet of Mob Perforated Grip. Remove the backing of the grip tape and gently lay the sheet of grip on top of the board as flat as possible. Gently push down to smooth out the grip tape and remove any existing air bubbles. If you prefer not to rough up your hands, use the backing of the grip tape as a barrier between your skin and the grip tape. Once the grip is laid out, run your file along the edge of the board to insure the edges will stay flat. Going from the bottom up, carefully use a razor blade to cut off the excess grip tape from the edges of your board. Once the board is gripped, use something small to poke out the hardware holes and mount your trucks and wheels.

Congratulations! You just shaped your first skateboard. Go slash some coping, slide some concrete, and session some barriers.


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