Multi-Pack SK8Makers City Cruiser 20
With this Multi-Pack there are enough Thin Air Presses, molds, veneer sets, glue and finishing tools so that a group of 20 students plus the teacher, can all build City Cruiser boards. Specially set up for teachers, the Multi-Pack 20 also includes the mini-curriculum and an extra set of veneer so that teacher education and preparation can be done before offering this project in an ed tech classroom. (Wheels and trucks are not included)
“The SK8Makers City Cruiser is a fun-to-ride skateboard designed for getting around town, especially for beginners who are just learning to ride a skateboard or old-timers like me who aren't in it for the tricks. For these reasons it's become the most popular board shape students produce in my DIY skateboard workshops.”
Matt Berger of SK8Makers is the author of "The Handmade Skateboard", a timeless guide to designing and building your own custom longboard, cruiser, or street skateboard from scratch. Through his book and workshops, Matt has inspired countless builders to make their own handmade boards. Since the first SK8Makers workshop in Los Angeles, CA in 2013, Matt has graduated hundreds of students with a diploma in the form of a custom skateboard.
Multi-Pack SK8Makers City Cruiser 20 contains:
- 1 Teacher's Mini-Curriculum plus one practice maple veneer set
- 5 Thin Air Press Vacuum Bags (14x47")
- 5 City Cruiser shaped Molds
- 1 50' Roll Sealing Tape
- Breather Netting
- 10 Glue Rollers
- 20 Edging Tools
- 2 Thin Air Press Super Pumps
and these Consumable Materials
- 20 City Cruiser shaped Maple Veneer Sets
- 2 Titebond III gallons of glue
The mini-curriculum included details how to set up a classroom ready for this project. It suggests what topics to teach and discuss before starting the class project. In illustrated detail, each step of the building and finishing process is listed. It also has a chart of other items that might be useful during the build sessions.
Ahead of time, (at least a few days before) learn the process first with the extra veneer set so that you are prepared before teaching the program.
Each student will roller on glue, lay up the veneer sheets and press their own skateboard inside a Thin Air Press vacuum bag.
There are 5 bags and molds included, and 20 sets of veneer and glue for the students. They share the use of the TAP bags after the 8 hour drying time, so not all students will build their boards at once.
Use the focus of making a skateboard to get the attention of hard-to-engage students in an activity they are passionate about.
Or use the board building activity as a team building, mentorship, entrepreneurial, fundraising or outreach program, among many other possibilities.
The foam mold, Thin Air Press Bag and pump, edging tool and breather netting are designed to be used for many, many builds.
Keep all your reusable kit parts in good working order by following the maintenance tips included with the kit
Q: How long will it take to complete these boards?
A: The minimum length of time, with graphics, would be 12.5 hours. And there really is no maximum length of time, as many teachers continue with the graphics part for an entire term.
Q: Do you offer discounts for teachers?
A: The Multi-Packs have bulk discounts built in, as if these items were purchased from our website, the cost would be higher.
Q: What age is recommended for this program?
A: We recommend not younger than 10 years of age. Many younger students are eager, but their dexterity and skills are not quite enough to manage.
Q: What about applying the graphics?
A: While we do not have pre-printed graphics sheets as with our other shapes, making a custom board is even more exciting if the students design and paint their own graphics. Involve the school’s art department if you are not comfortable with that aspect of the project, or a local visiting artist.
Q: What kind of graphics can be done?
A: We have had our best successes with student-grade acrylic paints and mylar hand-cut stencils. Spray paint, safely done outside or in a spray booth, and wood burning, work really well too. “Sharpie art” is fun, although any hand painting process is a one-chance process and is sometimes a surprise. Airbrushing, staining, marquetry and inlay techniques are all done successfully on hand made skateboards. There is no best answer to this question!