Open Source Dancer Teacher’s Kit
This kit will teach you the Roarockit method of laminating. The curriculum included guides you through teaching courses to press boards using the kit parts included. Read about using this process as part of your credit-worthy education program, from STEM engineering to construction technology, to physics of vacuum, to art & design and STEAM. This is Project Based Learning at it's best! Increase professional development in your students with this project!
Open Source Skateboards Dancer Longboard
“Using input from the local longboard dancing community, we developed a board with all the features to create the best deck for riders of any level. This symmetrical, mellow design with a bit of rocker provides a stable, comfortable platform for dancing. The tapered midsection and subtle wheel flares improve the board’s maneuverability, providing a unique, yet familiar feel that allows you to explore and express your style. Use birch veneer for a lighter, more flexible ride, or maple for a stiffer, more responsive ride.”
Beau Trifiro is a skateboarder, a builder, an educator, and more! Beau founded Open Source Skateboards as a way to empower creativity through skateboarding. Creating tools for skaters and builders, providing board design and build services, and running board building workshops and online tutorials, are just some of the ways he helps the board building community.
Final size deck dimensions are approximately:
Length = 45”
Width = 9”
Wheelbase = 30”
Open Source Dancer Teacher's Kit contains:
- 8-layers of Canadian maple veneer
- includes 2 face, 4 long grain core and 2 cross grain sheets
- 3-dimensionally shaped foam mold
- glue, roller and measuring cup
- edging tool and sandpaper
- Mini Curriculum and illustrated instructions
and a Thin Air Press Kit
- 20 x 70” heavy duty vinyl vacuum bag with one-way valve attached
- manual vacuum Super Pump
- breather netting
- extra sealing tape
By following the printed instructions included in the kit box, you will be guided through the glue up, stacking on the mold, inserting and sealing into the TAP bag. Using the manual vacuum pump to evacuate the air, the Thin Air Press will press the veneers over the mold. The sanding process is described, as well as some graphics suggestions.
The foam mold, Thin Air Press Bag and pump, edging tool and breather netting are designed to be used for many, many builds.
Keep all your reusable kit parts in good working order by following the maintenance tips included with the kit.
Q: Is this kit reusable?
A: Yes. Every thing but the veneer and glue are reusable
Q: What if my TAP bag or valve is leaking?
A: 99.9% of the time, the seal is not closed up properly. Dust and debris can prevent the top cap of the valve to seal, rinse cap with water. For more in-depth details, see the TAP kit FAQ’s page.
Q: Can I get more veneer?
A: A Refill for this kit is available here
Q: Will stuff last if I don’t use it right away?
A: Veneer will absorb and lose moisture, so keep it sealed in plastic (or the carton it arrived in) but away from any heat sources. Lay it flat to prevent warping. Prevent the glue from freezing.
Q: What do I do if my veneer breaks or splits?
A: Veneer is fragile until laminated, and it is common to split or snap (especially the cross grains). A stripe of glue and some masking tape to hold it until it dries will fix broken or split sheets. See video how-to-fix
Q: Can I use this kit to make a snowboard or wake skates?
A: The size of the bag determines how large a project you can fit into it. As the seams of the 14 x 47” TAP bag included here cannot be stretched open while pressing, you are limited to smaller projects. See our larger bag sizes for one that suits your project.
Q: How do I get this cheaper?
A: Become an entrepreneur! Each kit allows you to make more than one deck, build one for yourself and generate income from the other boards you build!
Q: What else do I need to complete this project?
A: A moisture protector is recommended (sponge on water-based outdoor clear coat) to seal all surfaces, especially your edges and before applying any graphics.
If you choose to set this up for riding, select grip tape on this page. Shop locally for your hardware (wheels, trucks and bearings). Use the guide holes on the bottom side to drill the truck holes through, using a 3/16” drill bit. And of course, don’t forget to wear your helmet!