Deep Deck Mold

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The two-part concrete mold is released from the plywood form.

I’m building a hydraulic press to make cold-molded skateboard decks in anticipation of scaling up my production and capabilities. The first step is to build a form around a wooden ‘blank’ to support an investment of cast concrete. I took some time to make a dedicated, uncut ‘master’ deck that reflects the complex contours I’ve developed through years of prototyping. The two-part concrete mold will be supported by a steel armature that allows a five ton bottle jack to press wood veneers into shape. Lacking the funds to actually purchase the commercial equivalent, I’ve opted to build my own. I love when making an investment is just that, actually making an investment, and the inherent risk is born out in the skill of the investment-maker.

3 replies on “Deep Deck Mold”

  1. Thanks so much, Peter, this is the best compliment I could imagine. Good luck with everything in Italy- we’ll be thinking of you guys and really wish we could be there for your wedding!

  2. I like your point about the “making the investment.” I am in a similar boat & while unlimited funds would be great, having some ability & most importantly the courage to do it (like you) doesn’t exactly feel like a disadvantage. I’ve been doing nothing but research for awhile but I’ve gathered most of my materials & will begin shortly… encouraged by your effort. I wish you success.

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