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The Making of aTotali Skateboard: Glimpse into our manufacturing

It's a good idea to learn how our skateboard decks are actually constructed. We use 100% Canadian Maple wood for  all our short & longboards; it is flexible, yet durable, allowing it to be shaped without sacrificing strength. We utilize a 7-ply, decks sandwiched between a proprietary adhesive.  Ply is the measure of how many thin sheets, or veneers, of wood make up the deck. These wood veneers together actually make for a stronger board than a single, solid plank. 

Constructing a skateboard deck begins with placing the veneers on top of one another. Beyond the amount of ply, we perpendicularly adjust the direction of each wood grain facing in order to make a big difference in the board's performance. Alternating between veneers that run lengthwise and veneers that run widthwise, or cross-beaming, increases our board's durability. Once the veneers are adhered into place, they are formed under a hydraulic press, which compresses our wood layers into a single, sturdy strip.

In this stage the unique nose, tail, and concave of ourboard are formed--the press bends the wood layers into the negative form. The board is left in the press while the glue sets, and this too can play a part in the board's ultimate performance. The longer the glue sets, the more naturally the board is held together. The holes will be drilled into the deck to allow trucks to be attached. From there, an electronic controlled saw is used to cut the deck's shape from the large piece of formed wood, which is then rounded and sanded smooth by hand. The finishing process of our deck requires graphics, varnished and sealed to protect the wood against warping and getting damaged

The art of skateboard manufacturing has been refined over the past few decades, and manufacturers like us are constantly experimenting with new technology, materials, and graphics trends.