SKATE RAILS: how 2 make / use recycled skate rails
Deck rails have been used by skateboarders since the 80’s to (1) help boards slide better on handrails, coping, curbs, etc., and (2) to protect board graphics. These recycled rails succeed at both of those things, but offer something that skateboarding has never seen before: a set of deck rails that is made from 100% post-consumer waste. —
Step 1 - Order / Make the Mold
(with anything Precious Plastic related that sells on my website, I donate 5% of the sales to https://preciousplastic.com/support)
Step 2 - Having the Mold Made!
If you buy my mold design (or design it yourself), then you’ll have the digital file, but you’ll still need to have the mold made, which leaves two options:
- Make it yourself
- Send the file to someone to make the mold:
- Your local CNC machinist
- Whoever is the most local mold maker to you on the Precious Plastic Bazar
Step 3 - Reycled Used Plastic
(I’ve found that type #2 HDPE has worked best for me for durability and boardsliding, but I’d love to hear what other people find if another plastic type works better/differently for them)
Step 4 - Get Injection Machine
(also, I realize that an extruder might be a better Precious Plastic machine for this product. That said, I can’t afford an extruder, so I’ve been using the V3 injection machine. I’d love to hear any feedback if someone out there makes these rails with an extruder.)
Step 5 - Plastic Education!
Step 6 - Inject!
The rail mold takes about 80 grams of molten plastic (this varies depending on the plastic type), so you'll end up using about 80% of the plastic from an injection machine that's been filled to the brim.
I also pre-heat the mold for 15 minutes at 250°F / 121°C, so that when the molten plastic hits the mold, it's not hitting a lukewarm surface and allows for better melt-flow.
Step 7 - Screws!
Here's the options I found that work best:
- Order these: https://www.mcmaster.com/91555A101/
- If you’re not able to order through McMaster, find screws that match the image attached to this step.
I recommend using a plain non-powered phillips head screwdriver to screw the rails onto a board and not strip out the wood. But an electric drill can work if you’re delicate.
Step 8 - SKATE & DESTORY
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