Build a Skateboard

  • Monday, July 11, 2022
  • Friday, July 29, 2022
  • 7 sessions
  • Monday, July 11, 2022, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, July 14, 2022, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, July 21, 2022, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Friday, July 29, 2022, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Woodworking Studio, Class Code WO071122BD+4
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  • $438 + $81 Materials Fee
  • $350 + $81 Materials Fee

    Registration will close on Wed., July 6 at 4:00 pm.

Pic of youth holding skateboard

Build a skateboard and give it a custom finish in this class, which is open to youth ages 12 and older as well as to adults who may want to make a skateboard as a gift or you can work as a team with a youth and build one together. 

The class includes an introduction to modern manufacturing; you will see how a CNC router cut the form needed to shape the curves on a skateboard deck.

Starting with sheets of 3mm birch plywood, you will cut the layers of your skateboard, assemble and glue them to bend against the mold, and press the deck layers together using BARN’s vacuum bagging system. You will cut the final shape and prepare your board for finishing. Through these steps, you will use a variety of woodworking tools, including a band saw, power drill, sanders, and vacuum press.

On the final day of the first week, a representative of Norse City Board Room, a skateboard shop in Poulsbo, will explain the other components needed to complete your board, including trucks, wheels, bearings, and grip tape. You will then have the weekend and the beginning of the following week to purchase those components. NOTE: To allow individual choice, these items are not included in the materials fee. You will need to purchase them, at a cost of around $100-$200, before the final session. Safety gear, if you don't already have it, might cost around $75. Some safety gear is available thanks to a donation from Norse City Board Room; email [email protected] to inquire.

Pic of a colorful skateboardWhen the class regroups on Wednesday, July 20th of the second week, you can apply creative images to your skateboard. You will go home with enough waterproof polyurethane to apply multiple coats to your board. The brush-on, oil-based finish requires 24 hours of dry time between coats so it is not practical to do it during class.

At the final session, you will add the hardware and go home with a completed board.


  • Registration for this class will close at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, July 6th. 
  • During the registration process you will be asked if you are making one skateboard with a youth or if you are registering to do a solo build.
  • If registering a youth, please complete and return this minor permission form by July 6.
  • You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.

Instructors: Ben Dykstra with Carol Fiedler Kawaguchi, Doug Salot, and Mike and Billee Gearheard. Ben has been a woodworker for almost 30 years and has expertise in custom furniture and high-end kitchen cabinetry. He has worked with youth for more than 10 years and currently teaches middle school woodshop and high school technical drawing and CAD. Doug heads BARN's Electronic & Technical Arts Studio and has several skateboards of his own. Carol is a professional woodworker who specializes in furniture restoration and refinishing. She is on the Woodworking Studio's steering committee and teaches finishing classes, and others, at BARN. Mike, who heads the Woodworking Studio, and his wife, Billee, recently made five skateboards for their grandsons.

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