Questions about making a skateboard deck out of hardwoods.
I think for my next dumb project I want to try and do a really nice skateboard deck out of hardwood. Something with some inlay and maybe a vintage surf feel. I'm thinking maybe a longboard, but that'll depend on a couple of the questions i'm about to ask.
1) I'm thinking the length of the deck would come in somewhere around 38-40" long. I'd prefer to keep the board thin, but i also don't want it to have a lot of flex and end up cracking or something like that. Any suggestion on 4/4 vs 5/4?
2) Given the fact i'm 200lbs, i'm guessing the board is going to flex a little bit no matter what. If I end up doing something like Oak/Walnut/Oak do I need to be worried about the different hardness or that the different types of wood might give differently? That wood combo is just off the top of my head, i really have no idea how i'm going to lay it up yet. We'll see what the hardwood store has in the shorts bin!