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Old December 23rd, 2008, 06:24 PM   #1
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Default Building a slide board

TL/DR: "What materials have you seen used in home made slideboards, and how well did they preform?"

Hey guys,
I've been quiet absent from the forum for the past year - but anyhow - a big hello to anyone who might still remember me

Anyway, I've been looking to start slideboard training during the poor excuse for a winter that we have around here. Unfortunately, ordering a ready made one is not only prohibitively expensive, but any shipping option that would take less than three months would cost several times the price of the board...

So I'm left with the option of building one myself.
A friend of mine has had a bad experience with Formica covered wood. Most how-to guides on the Internet speak either of that, or of plain polished wood.
I was actually thinking of using a sheet of perspex, or polycarbonate.

Has anyone had any experience with either of these? or any other materials. I'd love to hear your success and failure stories.
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Old December 23rd, 2008, 06:41 PM   #2
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Boaz, check Barry Publow's book, there you can find exact directions. Or just ask your friend Eyal Fink, he has one and trying to rid of it, so do him a favor and take it!
If you want to use perspex or polycarbonat, chose the second one, it is much much better.
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Old December 23rd, 2008, 06:46 PM   #3
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Boaz, check Barry Publow's book, there you can find exact directions. Or just ask your friend Eyal Fink, he has one and trying to rid of it, so do him a favor and take it!
Ugh, man!
You'd think I'd have done that already before posting here... wouldn't you?
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Old December 24th, 2008, 02:54 AM   #4
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Old December 24th, 2008, 09:55 PM   #5
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Do you think laminate flooring would work well? I have some left over from when we installed them in our house. They piece together real easily. All I'd have to do is put a 2x4 on each side. I'd be able to make it however long I want.
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Old December 24th, 2008, 10:06 PM   #6
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Do you think laminate flooring would work well? I have some left over from when we installed them in our house. They piece together real easily. All I'd have to do is put a 2x4 on each side. I'd be able to make it however long I want.
Use Pledge furniture wax on the laminate, get some wool socks and see how well it slides.
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Old December 31st, 2008, 04:49 AM   #7
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I used some laminate shelving. 1/4 inch partical board with laminate. I built it for my 11 year old. I cut it to 6 feet and glued some 2X4's to the ends. We used Johnson's paste wax on it and she puts the wool socks on over her tennis shoes. It works great. We put some rubber stops on the bottom so it doesnt ruin the hard wood floors. She loves it. Best part is, it cost me $25.00 to make.
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Old December 31st, 2008, 09:47 PM   #8
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I made one for a dude once (as a gift) and just to spiff it up I
added foam pipe insulation as bumpers. I painted the ends and
edges; that along with the granite looking formica produced a
pretty nifty looking board. I think he used it like three times.
Go figure.



Here's the one I made for myself. I have an old pair of running shoes
that I use just for the slideboard. The sole is wide enough that it hits
the edge. By angling the inside edge it insures that my foot never hits.

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Old January 11th, 2009, 02:46 AM   #9
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Forget building them! I build and sell portable ones that work as good or better than the plywood ones.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eecsgJLTEbw

If anyone is interested email me.

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Old January 11th, 2009, 12:03 PM   #10
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Hi Boaz.

I was recently in Israel. Unfortunately my wife forbids me bringing my blades on these trips. She's convinced I'll end up sampling the Israeli health care system and mess up our trip.

Outside of the frequent but short bursts of rain, the weather still seems fairly good for skating. Are you able to get out some?

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PS I think I need a longer leash!!
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Old January 18th, 2009, 01:43 PM   #11
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Hi Boaz.

I was recently in Israel. Unfortunately my wife forbids me bringing my blades on these trips. She's convinced I'll end up sampling the Israeli health care system and mess up our trip.

Outside of the frequent but short bursts of rain, the weather still seems fairly good for skating. Are you able to get out some?

Mike B

PS I think I need a longer leash!!
Indeed you need a longer leash (or ask where can the skates be rented before coming), though imagine what would your security checks in the airport look like had you brought your blades (taking the `blades' literally).

The weather is gorgeous, it's about +10C or slightly higher, raining from time to time, just enough for Yonatan to test drive his not-really-gripping wheels.
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Old January 19th, 2009, 09:33 AM   #12
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Default slide board

I assembled a slide board about 3 months ago with laminate and plywood purchased from Menards. I keep it slippery with Pledge.

Total cost was about $50 or $60 (the plywood was on sale) and the slide board works great. Even my wife and daughter seem to like trying it out occasionally.
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