Introduction to Making Fingerboards – The John Adams ProDeck Workshop
Just so you know, I do not work for John Adams I am a Blogger who believes that The John Adams ProDeck Workshop is an excellent Introduction the Making of Fingerboards The first fingerboard I saw was on a John Adams advertisement for their ProDeck workshop advertised on TV. According to Wikipedia A fingerboard is a working replica of a skateboard that a person “rides” by replicating skateboarding manoeuvres with their hand. It can also be referred to as a finger skate board or even a Tech Deck or a Yellowood, a Motorfingerboard or a Flatface. I think the John Adams ProDeck workshop is fantastic, the whole process is very creative, fun and well worth the money.
So is John Adams ProDeck workshop a good way for young children to get into the construction of fingerboards. There are many YouTube channels dedicated to fingerboards some Youtubers look at the construction of the actual fingerboard and other Youtubers look at the construction of model skate parks. Youtubers describe making fingerboards Decks in a variety of ways the most popular is:
- 1mm wood veneers are shaped over a mould one at a time and bonded together building it up layer by layer.
- The two half’s of the mould are compresses together until the glue sets.
- The edges of the board are sanded down and finished.
- Surface treat the Deck
The John Adams ProDeck workshop uses a similar process; in the John Adams ProDeck workshop there are various stations to perform the mayor tasks.
- In the John Adams ProDeck workshop the top/bottom of the Deck has a pre-cut screen printed graphic. The rest of the deck is built up of pre-cut card laminates bonded together with PVA glue.
- Using the press in the John Adams ProDeck workshop to mould the deck together is very easy.
- The electric sander in the John Adams ProDeck workshop gives a good finish to the edges.
My five year old loves it, yes there are some compromises but it is a kid’s toy. So don’t let the finger boards on the John Adams ProDeck workshop get wet. If you stand on them the John Adams ProDeck workshop Decks will break. I think it is fantastic the whole process is very creative and well worth the money.
The Main Components of a fingerboard are:
The parts of a fingerboard are: deck, tape (grip, rip, riptape…), trucks, bushings, king pins, and wheels. Decks are the major component of a board and where, on a standard skateboard, one would stand. There is a wide variety of decks with material ranging from wood to plastic, to paper. Most commonly, decks are made out of wood, as this gives it more “pop” and a more authentic feel. The average deck will have two kicks – a flared end used for leveraging the board – while some old-school models have only one end flared.
The stock trucks on Tech Decks are made of die-cast metal and have two separate axles for the wheels to roll on. The wheels are made out of plastic along with the bushings. Some fingerboarders prefer the feel and performance of decks made from wood. Wooden decks can be made from 3-7 plies of a given veneer; maple, walnut, and mahogany being the most popular.
The wooden boards come in a variety of widths from 26 – 32mm and concave can vary greatly from maker to maker. Some companies offer even more customization options such as the choosing of the plies used to go into the deck, as well as the width/length of the deck.
This is a collection of Images to inspire students in my class who have been given the brief to design and make a Fingerboard. There are many YouTube channels dedicated to fingerboards some Youtubers look at the construction of the actual fingerboard and other Youtubers look at the construction of skate parks.