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How to Avoid Crooked Boards

In the world of fingerboard building, encountering a crooked board can be frustrating. However, fear not! There are simple tips and tricks to prevent this common issue. Let's dive into some key mistakes to avoid when crafting your wooden fingerskateboards.

1. Avoid Over-Tightening the Mold

One common mistake is tightening the mold too much, causing the metal plates to bend. It's crucial to strike a balance here. Only tighten the mold enough to ensure that the plates remain straight. Over-tightening can lead to unnecessary bending and distortions in your board. 

2. Don't Overdo the Glue

Using too much glue can actually hinder the curing process of the wood. When excessive glue is applied, the wood may not bond properly, resulting in a less rigid board. Remember, less glue is often better when aiming for stiffer and more durable finger skateboards.

3. Patience is Key

Ensure that your boards cure for an adequate amount of time in the mold. Typically, allowing them to set for at least 24 hours is recommended. As you gain experience and confidence in your crafting skills, you may consider reducing the curing time to 12 hours. However, especially for beginners, it's crucial to prioritize patience and thoroughness during the initial stages.

4. Choose Quality Wood

For your first few boards, it's advisable to use high-quality wood from trusted sources, such as CreateYourSkate. Using reliable wood ensures that any issues with board straightness aren't due to inferior materials. Once you've mastered the process and are confident in your abilities, you can explore other wood options.

Detailed Instructions Included

In each CreateYourSkate kit, you'll find a detailed print and video guide to assist you through every step of the process. These resources provide invaluable support, offering visual demonstrations and clear instructions to help you achieve optimal results with your fingerskateboards.

 

By avoiding these common mistakes and following these simple guidelines, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of ending up with crooked finger skateboards. Remember, practice makes perfect, so don't get discouraged if you encounter challenges along the way. Happy crafting, and enjoy shredding on your perfectly straight finger skateboards!

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