The Tech Deck Project

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Like most people, I like things on my desk that represent some aspect of my personality. Tech Deck mini skateboards combine both my affinity for X-Games and Art. In adding to my collection, I found two problems.

Problem #1: Limited Space
There is only so much room on a desk to place these works of art. It gets crowded and disorganized. Often they get knocked over.

Problem #2: Limited Stability of Clear Plastic Stand
These mini skateboards or fingerboards have grip tape on them just as a full-size board does. The gritty surface grinds the plastic overtime. The consequence is the board falls out of the stand with the slightest movement it encounters.


Solution & SketchUp
To resolve this problem, I wanted to make a mini rack. I sketched up a rough draft of how I wanted it to look. In the end, I went with the simplest design.

TechDeckSketchup


Materials

  • Wood Base
  • Wood Board
  • Cylinder Wood Piece
  • Super Glue
  • Electric Drill
  • Knife
  • Wire cutter

All the materials apart from the drill came from a crafts store.


Directions

  1. Starting about 1 inch from the bottom of the wood base, mark the wood board such that there are two holes about once inch from each other. Continue this until you have reach the other end of the wood board.
  2. Drill holes in the board where you marked. The holes should be slightly bigger than the cylinder wood piece. Do not drill through the board. Drill about 3mm in.
  3. Cut the cylinder wood piece into pieces that are approximately 1 inch in length.
  4. Glue the 1 inch cylinder pieces into the holes in the wood board and let it set for 24 hours.
  5. Glue the wood board to the wooden base. See the image below for reference.Note that I did add an additional wooden piece to the board, but it is not necessary.

TechDeckProjectB


The Semi-Final Product
This is a semi-final product because I do plan to paint the rack.

TechDeckProjectD
TechDeckProjectC TechDeckProjectE
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