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There's a few of these from the past, published to encourage folk to get some appreciation of how a deck is made and get something that is (hopefully) rideable at the end. This was the first that I saw back in 1988 and I did my own version a year or so later with a double kick and concave. I'll post more of these, all of the DIY articles I have are from the UK and  the others are earlier.
Has there been similar articles in other countries? I for one would like to see them... [thumb][Scan-20191019] 

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So, on to the next one, this was published around 10 years before the "how to" above. This time it's a flex deck, I've spoken to a guy who used to ride these back in the 70's and helpfully now works in fibreglass supplies, he said he wouldn't use unidirectional fibre, use bidirectional fibre instead. I would also be tempted to use slightly thicker ply, like the later G&S decks. If you look closely, they only put glass on one side of this, the top side. This was a way of showing the general construction and getting the thing published quicker, I guess the average reader wouldn't notice...
[page-055]  [page-056] 
[page-066]  [page-067] 

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One of the 1st boards I made 1974 I put on a soft hunk of ply wood on my shaping stand tied a big cinder block around the middle & glassed it to put rocker into it.   

[Rocker]  

Chicago trucks with wood screws & Cadillac Wheels & it was on, THAT THING TOOK A BEATING! [rofl]

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^^ No way, absolutely no nose or tail, soul carving all the way. I love it[love] 
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[thumb]   


At that time we were riding banks mostly then pools started & kick tails came in handy. [rofl]

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Last one, unless anyone else has something to add. This is probably the most primitive out of the three. There is a former for the kick and that's it. This is from Skateboard! mag. Nov 1978: [page-058]  [page-059-1]  [page-060]  [page-062]  Long pig anyone?
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2002 I think.

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Like it, a wedge tail is on the list, just gotta figure out a way to cut the angle. I see you've put the surface ply width way, slightly reminiscent of the old Santa Cruz pig deck with a black wedge and the plies set at 45 degrees. What deck was that? 
By the way, your workmate is in better condition than mine, mine's rusting in the garden as a seat for the cat! 

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Ah! This is it, Steve Olson foamtail: [olsen-foamtail] 

Wes, in your picture above it looks like the cut blank in front has had the tail block glued on before shaping, is that correct?[confused]

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I forgot to say, thanks for posting this vid 606. the editing gets funky when the tail wedge is made but I got the gist, Jim uses an angle grinder with a large sanding disk to shape the wedge. 
I don't have a grinder, but I do have an electric planer, I've used that to rough-out bows before and to thin down the width of a deck, it sure chews through the wood at a controllable rate, worth a try.
I made some 70's style flat decks back in the 90's (still have them) I always intended to wedge the tails but never did. I'll get some pics up if anyone's interested. 

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That takes me back! I remember those articles well.
I always made my own decks, down to necessity really. First one in late 1976, was a piece of chipboard with Flyer roller skate fronts, literally nailed on. That worked ?
So the next day, an old belly board was cut up and the same Flyer skates screwed on. That worked very well for a length of time.
I progressed with steaming ply, rockers, shapes wedge tails fibreglass tops and bottoms, 8 wheelers, lastly finishing up with a 30×9 fibreglassed with carborundom dust glassed onto the top for grip!

Then Father Christmas brought me my G&S Proline !😀

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That is awesome GFLX, do you have any of these still,or any pictures?
Would you be tempted to make a repro of one of those? Chipboard is an interesting choice[thumb]
I do love a homemade deck. Just wish I had some of my old ones from the late 80's[frown]

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Hi Gibbs, The nailed chipboard contraption happened as an instant fix!
Having visited a friend who had just returned from Newquay with a " Skate Board" I cycled the 10 miles back home and had to recreate this 4 wheeled wonder!
I don't have any decks left I'm afraid. I used to cut out lots of different paper template shapes from old 70's wallpaper rolls. I still have some of these old deck shapes somewhere?
I even made some very successful roller boots (fibreglass base plates, Halftracks and yo yo's) from the Skateboard magazine article too!

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Yeah, I had a collection of paper templates, now long gone. The collection of new ones is growing though...
I keep half an eye on water-skis now as my first deck was made from one, the rubber fittings ended up as riser pads too. I'm hoping to remake at some point. Turns out old fashioned water-skis are quite expensive now.

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