How to make a penny board

Based on the traditional Penny Original 22″, this board has the same blueprint as board #2 had. The boards are pretty similar in terms of construction, but differ significantly in terms of details and artwork. contrary to the last board I wanted to focus on the material of this board and not cover it up with paint. To still be able to make the penny board interesting, a drawn motive or a sketch seemed like a suitable way of adding some decoration, and after some searching I ended up with a rough, old pin up sketch. It was perfect!

The challenge of drawing

I hadn’t drawn in years, and was not at all confident I could recreate the sketch myself. The last thing I wanted was to end up with an awkward looking pin up model in a failed attempt to draw by hand. Therefore I experimented with some alternative techniques for transferring prints to wooden surfaces. They all lead to a pretty bad finish, so I was left with the choice of either finding another motive or draw by hand. I opted for the last, and was pleasantly surprised with the result!

Pin up sketch before and after

I managed to chip off a piece at the back of the board when sanding the edge. Since I wanted the wood finish it would be really hard to hide. A really thin piece of laminated teak from an earlier project I did saved the day and was used as a contrasting detail to the light wood of the board. Below you can see the process of applying and shaping the teak. Problem solved!

Penny board teak detail

I applied my logo to the top of the board as a finishing touch. A couple of coats of clear varnish sealed the woodwork and the artwork, and with trucks attached the board was ready to ride. Check out the finished board below!The Pin Up Penny BoardThe Pin Up Penny Board


  • Length:  22″ (58 cm)
  • Width: 6″ (15 cm)
  • Thickness: 0,5″ (1,2 cm)
  • Concave: Yes
  • Camber: No
  • Trucks: No brand
  • Wheels: No brand


PS: Check out the post “Board #1 – Longboard” if you find interest in the building process of these boards. The processes are more or less the same.

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