I’ve been working on an integrated deck project that has managed to gather some interest.
Over the last several months test-riders from the forum (@RyEnd @annihil8ted @Halbj613 @Skyart @A13XR3 @yelnats8j @ZachTetra) have helped me make vast improvements. We accomplished a lot between versions 1 and 2. I feel confident enough in the results that I’m comfortable making a batch for paying customers now.
These decks are made from a composite of bamboo and fiber-glass. Doing this allows me to make them far more light-weight and durable than had I only used bamboo (It also makes them twice as labor intensive). The compartments, truck-mounts and profiles are CNC milled, while the shaping, sanding, fiber-glass lay-up and grip are done by hand.
The weight of the fiber-glass is customizable for heavy-weight riders and several colors of glass grip are available. I’m only doing one color of grip across the top of this batch of decks. There will be two zones in the grip. Medium grade in the center and course towards the outside. I’m selling these fully dressed, but also naked to be finished by others. These decks haven’t been tested without fiber-glass, I can’t recommend riding one without reinforcement.
The lids on these decks are truly integrated. Bamboo backed with plexiglass is fitted to the compartment opening and sanded down to match the concavity. It’s fastened at four points with threaded inserts and the same hardware that is commonly used for truck mounts. A sheet of cork is affixed to the bottom of the lid to help it sit nicely and block moisture.
I have several decks that I am working on, but I’m only releasing 4 designs at the moment: The kick-tail, the basic twin, the top-mount twin and the long drop-deck. I’m doing some reworking on the pintail, it will be out in August with a longer compartment and some shape changes. Also, available is August will be a mid-sized, top-mount drop-deck and two lengths of the AT/carver that I’ve been working on.
I put together a website to help stream-line ordering and fulfillment. tomiboiesk8.com is officially open for business. The decks are 15% off through July 7th just to get things rolling. I’m going to do a batch of twelve and see how it goes before taking any further orders. I already purchased supplies. They will be here early next week. It should take about two weeks after that to start shipping. I’ll probably be able to wrap the entire batch up within 4-6 weeks.
As people make build threads for the boards I’d love to link those to the product pages. Also, I made a page on my website for a builder directory, a way for beginner DIYers to find people that can help them make their deck happen. Contact me if you’d like to have your services advertised there.
I made an instagram for this @tomiboiesk8. I’m going to post all kinds of pictures there soon. I think that’s all I’ve got for now. Give a shout if you have any questions Thank you! Happy riding!!