My teenager has spent his summer work money on building a wooden "half-pipe"
for skateboarding. The top layer is plywood. Any suggestions on a coating or
finish? I'm not certain what would be right mixture of low drag coefficient
Thanks in advance.
I did this very same thing a year ago. We purchased a sheet of formica and
glued it to a very sanded-smooth surface of plywood. Be very careful if you
use this method - there can be no voids in the wood (had to use filler) and
all the edges must be glued 100%. We used contact cement. We also used
marine varnish on the exposed edges of the ply since it was often left in
the driveway instead of the garage. Still going strong today. Very easy to
keep clean the there is practically no drag on the surface at all.
Check with your city about noise and building regs first. A backyard
ramp in my neighborhood was condemned (thank goodness!) at least in
part because of the *fierce* noise produced. While I admire the young
man paying for and constructing his own recreational outlet, this kind
of thing is often regulated to a fare-thee-well. Local interest here
resulted in the city building a skateboard facility -- approved and
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