Periodically throughout the year we get projects to make long boards, so Daniel decided to make on a bit different. Last week engineer Daniel had an idea to make a cap skate tool for a run of boards.
To make the graphic cap around the edge Daniel had to make a cavity tool (see pic). He made the first one by machining a piece of MDF to create the space for the parts to fit in. We typically make prototype tools out of MDF, then when we feel the details are right, we make an aluminum one to withstand volume production.
As you can see he used the base graphic from the prototype wakeboard we built. A homage to old school cartoons. On the nose you can also see some damage, one of the first things we do to new products is beat the crap out of them.
Here is the top of the skate deck without grip tape. It has a poplar core with fiberglass and epoxy for strength and flex.
Shown here is the graphic capping around the wood core.
Here is the MDF cavity tool. Awesome for prototyping and short production runs. Doing it like this gives us a cost effective way to engineer and test new products. We are so fortunate to have in house engineering, design and c&c machines!