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Old March 4th, 2010, 11:27 PM   #21
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I don't know how slippery they are compared to others since they're the only ones I've used, but I made two for about $50 and they work fine for me. Slippery enough for me to hit each side without too much trouble. Here's how I did it:

- Quality board of plywood, 1/2 inch x 4 feet x 8 feet. This is where most of the money went, about $34.
- Decent amount of polyurethane. I'm sorry I can't remember how much I bought but I got a lot for $10.
- If you don't have good wood floating around at home you may want to buy some wood blocks large enough to stop your foot
- Wood glue. I'd talk to the representative to find their opinion.

Pretty simple construction, just a lot of time and patience. Have the store where you bought your wood to cut the board into two 2x8's (unless they sell 2x8's). Pick the smoother side of one of the boards and sand it down until it's as smooth as you think it can possibly get. Glue the blocks to stop your feet at the each end of the board and wait for it to dry. (this is where preference kicks in. A lot of people like only 6 feet of side-to-side better so you can measure that out too)

Then apply a light layer of polyurethance to the rest of the board, trying to keep it as evenly spread as possible. When it dries, sand it until it is about as smooth as it before you added the polyurethane. Then, apply another layer and repeat! I put on about 8-9 layers and then it was ridiculously smooth and almost glassy.

It's a decent amount of time but it's easy on the wallet. With any slideboard you'll need furniture polish (I use Lemon Pledge) and booties (I use hospital booties), and then you're good to GO!
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Old March 5th, 2010, 06:32 AM   #22
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I think I spent close to 60 dollars on my slideboard and it works great. I bought it used on eBay, just keep your eyes open and save the money.
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Old October 21st, 2011, 01:53 AM   #23
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Default Slide Board on the Cheap

Here are basic instructions for a slide board on the cheap (around $25)

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