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Old 07-12-2017, 12:39 PM   #1
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Hey fellas... here's a little project that a buddy of mine and I have been working on. Essentially, these are just fidget spinners created from recycled skateboards using a...


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Old 07-12-2017, 12:40 PM   #2
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Great content. These videos are a 5 minute escape from reality! Put me on the short list please. I have a small spinning habit.
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Old 07-13-2017, 12:02 AM   #5
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Very cool idea and neat video, thanks
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All that work to make a 2017 yo yo .. you have too much time on your hands and no REAL projects to do . sad
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All that work to make a 2017 yo yo .. you have too much time on your hands and no REAL projects to do . sad
Actually three hours of work plus another four or so for video editing is a pretty small price to pay if it gets us any closer to providing a skate park for our kids here in Dripping Springs. I was happy to do it and I'm hoping like hell I get to spend even more time making a ton more of these.

In any case, I just gave you some more free time.

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All that work to make a 2017 yo yo .. you have too much time on your hands and no REAL projects to do . sad
You sound like someone I know on twitter.

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Actually three hours of work plus another four or so for video editing is a pretty small price to pay if it gets us any closer to providing a skate park for our kids here in Dripping Springs. I was happy to do it and I'm hoping like hell I get to spend even more time making a ton more of these.

In any case, I just gave you some more free time.
You couldn't have handled that any better Ryan. I've always enjoyed your perspective on internet tough guys.

Oh and your work in the shop lately has really inspired me. You need to stop all this nonsense about not knowing what you are doing. It's pretty obvious that you do from both a woodworking and a video making perspective. Really fun stuff to watch.
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I've seen these spinners a few times lately for sale. What exactly are these things ? basically just a simple toy to keep somebody pre-occupied or some type of game ?


That small CNC machine is damn nice.
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I've seen these spinners a few times lately for sale. What exactly are these things ? basically just a simple toy to keep somebody pre-occupied or some type of game ?


That small CNC machine is damn nice.
It's just a fad that kids are into for another week or so... my kids like to see whose spinner spins the longest, etc... The irony here is that we are using them as a means to get kids active at a skate park!

And 69ss, thanks man.
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I think you may want to do other things with the wood as well, maybe make something aimed at the parents too. I can imagine that with all the different colors of skateboard desks you could end up with some cool stuff.
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I think you may want to do other things with the wood as well, maybe make something aimed at the parents too. I can imagine that with all the different colors of skateboard desks you could end up with some cool stuff.
Yeah - there are guys out there that literally make a living making stuff from recycled skateboards. Some of it is really, really cool too... This guy amazes me:

https://www.instagram.com/epiclyajustin/?hl=en

The biggest bottleneck that I found was getting the old decks ready for glue-up. Removing the residue from the grip tape is a real pain in the ass. And then once that is done, making good flat sheet material isn't as easy as I was hoping.

If we end up doing a crap load of these or anything else out of skate decks, I am going to design some sort of a press that allows me to stack the decks for glue up... and then once done, resaw them on my bandsaw. I think I could get pretty consistent results doing that.
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Did you try applying the heat to the tape? I used to change grip tape and I thought I could get most of the residue off by doing that.
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DONT GET ONE. It may trigger something in your brain that won't let you walk by one without trying it. lol.
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Did you try applying the heat to the tape? I used to change grip tape and I thought I could get most of the residue off by doing that.
yeah... we tried just about everything...
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The newer grip tape is much stickier and thinner than the old stuff. I guess I don't recall changing that as much, the board was usually in two pieces or worn out so bad that it wasn't worth replacing the grip tape.
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These are cool, I'll have to show my boys.

One thought, rather than trying to straighten the boards with clamps when gluing maybe you could clamp them in a way to maintain the curves? I think it would make for an interesting look.
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These are cool, I'll have to show my boys.

One thought, rather than trying to straighten the boards with clamps when gluing maybe you could clamp them in a way to maintain the curves? I think it would make for an interesting look.
Yeah, this could be done as well... It's not as efficient of a use of materials, but could look cool for sure.
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I think the trouble with that is that the curve is not consistent enough. I guess you could play around until you get ones that fit better, or maybe use spacers in the clamping jig to keep things curved more.
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