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.