For those of you who didn’t already see it on my instagram: I was finally able to press a deck this weekend. After months of struggle and agony and sacrifice and sorrow and a bloody pinched pinky finger, I finally have a 7 ply Rock Hard Maple (Acer saccharum) prototype of my new deck design. Below is a picture of the rough cut (prior to sanding or drilling or finishing of any kind at all.
40" total with a currently unknown and potentially adjustable wheelbase in excess of 26", so this thing will support Space Cells as well as larger 12S cell stacks/groups
Its a little different than what you’re probably used to, but that’s the thing about decks: they’re all completely different and filled with lovely unique flavor. You might notice the presence of a subtle w-cave dome between where the front and back trucks will be. It feels amazing on my bare feet and i think it will also help combat the foot tingles a little when standing for long rides in shoes by giving you some options to shift your feet around on different pressure points. It should also stiffen the deck substantially within the box zone.
Here’s the wooden hydraulic press I made out of fence timbers and a pair of 2-ton jacks with the mold I had CNCed sitting in the bottom of it. those blocks under the jacks aren’t used, they’re just sitting there.
I just ordered some clear grip tape and hopefully this week i can stain it, polish it up and start figuring out the process for making esk8 electronics boxes for it. Since the deck isn’t flat on the bottom because of the dome, I’m going to attempt to set up a vacuum table mold using an uncut deck as the table so that the hot ABS will follow the curves when it flumps down. I’m not going to be able to use a conventional oven for this because i think the abs frame is going to be way too wide, so wish me luck building a DIY hot box to droop plastic.