- Skateboard Building
- Extra Long Maple Veneer Pack
Extra Long Maple Veneer Pack
Choose between 7, 8, or 9-layer sets, available with 2 choices of crossband thickness, the standard 1/16" or the slightly thinner 1/22".
Thinner crossbands make a slightly lighter and thinner board. Strength is not affected and it may offer more flex. Bending more radical curves may be possible using this thinner cross band.
The crossband layers each come in 2 pieces and must be spliced together before building.
Because we roll this veneer for shipping, orders with multiple units will be sent in separate boxes.
Maximum recommended board size for use with the 20x70" TAP bag is 65" long.
Extra Long Maple Veneer Pack
- 7 Layer 2-Pack: 4 Face, 4 Crossband, and 6 Core sheets
- 8 Layer 2-Pack: 4 Face, 4 Crossband, and 8 Core sheets
- 9 Layer 2-Pack: 4 Face, 4 Crossband, and 10 Core sheets.
- Face and Core: 9.5 x 70 x 1/16"
- Crossband: 9.5 x 68 x 1/16" (or 1/24"), each layer comes in 2 pieces and must be spliced together before building.
- 8 Layer Splice 1-Pack: 2 Face, 2 Crossband, and 4 Core sheets.
- Face and Core: 9.5 x 70 x 1/16", comes as 2 sheets which must be spliced together before building.
- Crossband: 17 x 68 x 1/16", comes as 7 sheets which must be cut into 2 pieces each and spliced together before building (14 pieces in total).
Glue (estimated) per board: 22 oz (7-layer), 26 oz (8-layer), 30 oz (9-layer), 49 oz (Splice Pack)
Design and build your own custom extra long board using this premium 1/16” thick veneer. This veneer is best used in a Thin Air Press vacuum bag, which applies pressure evenly over the entire board. It eliminates the problem of voids and missed spots, a common problem with some other types of presses.
Using many layers of 1/16” veneer will allow you to create fairly radical curves, which will add strength to your board.
When laying up your board, follow the rule that your cross grain sheets should always be layered closest to the middle of your stack, with one layer of core in between the 2 cross grains. We do not recommend any more than 2 cross grain sheets per board. The crossband sheets in these sets are split into two pieces and must be spliced together before building.
Best Vacuum Bag size: 40 x 80" Thin Air Press TPK40 OR 20 x 70” Thin Air Press TPK20 (max board length 65")
Veneer expands and contracts with moisture. Our veneer is shipped with 7-9% humidity. Keep your veneer stored away from heat sources, and lay it flat.
If your work area is very dry, keep your unused veneer sealed in plastic (a garbage will do) until you are ready to use it.
Until it is laminated together, veneer sheets are prone to splits, especially the cross grain sheets. Handle them with care, but if any sheets do split, they can be repaired with a bead of glue and masking tape.
Q: Why the big deal about Canadian maple?
A: Because the very long and very cold winters mean that the maple trees grown in the north-eastern regions of Canada grow very slowly. Slow growth is visible when looking at the tight growth rings of a cut log. Those growth rings are different than what you would see in a cut log of a maple grown in other parts of northeastern America, including the mid-west basin. Those tight growth rings indicate that the maple is much stronger than other maples.
Q: What species is this maple?
A: Acer Saccharum, or Sugar Maple. Other names are Rock, Hard Rock, and Hard Maple.
Q: How long can I store unused veneer for?
A: Very important to store it laying flat and away from any heat sources. Veneer will absorb and release moisture all the time, so seal the veneer in plastic if the environment is changeable.
Q: What if my veneer splits?
A: Run a bead of glue along the split edges. Use masking tape strips to tightly squeeze the edges together and wait about 2 hours for the glue to dry. Remove the tape before using it.
Q: What is the different between the Face, Core and Cross Band sheets?
A: Face sheets are sorted as the clearest layers for the top and bottom of your board. Core sheets are the internal layers, and will have imperfections such as small knots and holes, splits, sap lines and other color variations. Cross grain sheets (also refered to as xbands, or cross bands) have the grain running in the 90˚ direction to the other long grain layers.
Q: Why do I need cross grain sheets at all?
A: The 2 cross grain sheets spread out the torsional resistance. When riding a board and you lean your weight on the outside edge, the cross grain layers will make the entire board flex, rather than only the edge you have pressure on. Xbands also stop the board from potentially splitting along the length of the long grain.
Q: Is this Maple harvested from sustainable sources?
A: The mill we source our maple and birch from complies to and is certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Program, a worldwide recognized service.