DIY project: Concave Footpads for V1



  • Inspired by @aswheeler ´s thread (http://community.onewheel.com/topic/1195/concave-footpads) I thought I might also give it a try.
    Since I am often going for an off-road session, I felt like there should be some more grip on bumpy terrain.
    I was happy to see that the OW+ has a concave deck, but for myself I would prefer to have it in both directions. That’s why I thought I just might give it a try myself and see how it works.

    Since I do not own any CNC machine or other professional gadgets, I decided to use regular tools that I have in my man cave.

    Day 1:

    1. Some quick & dirty excel tables and diagrams to play around with curves
      0_1486762630945_01 Excel a.jpg
      0_1486762640092_01 Excel b.jpg

    2. Calculating the measures and put it on a multiplex wood (both sides in one)
      0_1486762665401_02 Calculation.jpg
      0_1486762691663_03 Multiplex Drawing.jpg

    3. Cut it out and put the drill holes on it
      0_1486762705419_04 Cutting and Drillholes.jpg

    1. Milling
      0_1486762712673_05 Fräsen.jpg

    2. Sanding
      0_1486762718273_07 Concave ready.jpg

    for the next steps I am probably going to put a top sheet/veneer on it and afterwards I am going for a last sanding session, before I can varnish it and install the sensor & grip tape.

    (The middle is 6mm strong, the outer side is 12mm strong, but it will get 2mm more from the top layer)



  • Having some woodworking boat building cabinet exp. I can't help but think the answer here is making a form and vacuum bagging the deck/foot pads could even incorporate the fender so as to make one solid deck and all it would take is a form/mold to make each different style of pads.



  • maybe you can extend the sensor area with a metal strip over a coin or something under the griptape :)?

    0_1486766535435_1435786007142-pad-map.jpg

    i think wider strips will cost too much glue space....you could easily test if it will work
    let me know what you think ;)



  • @timvdp : if i understood your idea right, this would result in a lot of preasure on very little surface? so even if it would work, i guess it won´t work long?
    but i just don´t now. i do not even know if the sensor will work on my shaped surface - i´ll just have to give it a try...;-)





  • In the meantime I used the very little time I had to

    1. buy a 2.5mm walnut vaneer, glued it on top and used a very professional press for the drying process;-)
      0_1487196609688_08 Furnier leimen und pressen.jpg

    2. some quick sanding and it allready looks nice - also the surface is now very smooth with a nice concave in 3 sides, as designed
      0_1487196703203_09 Furnier fertig.jpg

    next step will be a little bit more sanding on the outer edges, before I am going to cut it in 2 pieces and start varnishing.



  • Nice! Looks like the most perfect amount of skate deck concavity that I have seen so far.



  • @lieutenantglorp: thanks man.



    1. today i finished the wood work, milled the space for the sensors and destroyed the original footpad to reuse the sensor.
      0_1487324099735_11 Concave.jpg
      0_1487324108514_10 Concave.jpg
      0_1487324118770_12 Sensor Holes.jpg
      0_1487324125880_13 wood work finished.jpg

    now it is going to be varnished and in parallel I have to think of how to prepare the vicious griptape.

    since the walnut wood looks very nice, i´d like to keep some wood visible like they did with the OW+.
    still I would like to have some kind of different design, also to keep the wooden surface at a space where i usually do not step on while riding.
    therefore i made several quick mockups (based on a picture of the OW+).

    too many decisions...there are basically 2 versions with little variations.
    -> what do you think, which one would fit best?



  • 0_1487292360852_Griptape Entwurf 1b.jpg



  • 0_1487292371514_Griptape Entwurf 1c.jpg



  • 0_1487292388166_Griptape Entwurf 1d.jpg



  • 0_1487292410864_Griptape Entwurf 2b.jpg



  • 0_1487292418118_Griptape Entwurf 2c.jpg



  • 0_1487292428875_Griptape Entwurf 2d.jpg



  • I would say first or third. Do plan selling them?



  • 1 or 4..or something else ;)
    I wouldn't make a small piece on the corners...it will probaly fall of after a while...
    I really hope we get to see your deck soon and hear about the improvements :):)



  • @Solaranlage & @timvdp : thanks.

    Do plan selling them?

    no, not at all. it takes me forever to make one. if i´d like to sell those, they would cost a furtune and i would have no spare time left to ride myself;-)
    i just post this to put some content to the forum and maybe to inspire somebody who wants to try it himself.



  • @cr4p said in DIY project: Concave Footpads for V1:

    @Solaranlage & @timvdp : thanks.

    Do plan selling them?

    no, not at all. it takes me forever to make one. if i´d like to sell those, they would cost a furtune and i would have no spare time left to ride myself;-)
    i just post this to put some content to the forum and maybe to inspire somebody who wants to try it himself.

    Thumbs up!!!:);)



  • @cr4p said in DIY project: Concave Footpads for V1:

    1. today i finished the wood work, milled the space for the sensors and destroyed the original footpad to reuse the sensor.
      0_1487324099735_11 Concave.jpg
      0_1487324108514_10 Concave.jpg
      0_1487324118770_12 Sensor Holes.jpg
      0_1487324125880_13 wood work finished.jpg

    now it is going to be varnished and in parallel I have to think of how to prepare the vicious griptape.

    since the walnut wood looks very nice, i´d like to keep some wood visible like they did with the OW+.
    still I would like to have some kind of different design, also to keep the wooden surface at a space where i usually do not step on while riding.
    therefore i made several quick mockups (based on a picture of the OW+).

    too many decisions...there are basically 2 versions with little variations.
    -> what do you think, which one would fit best?

    quality work man!! very nicely done....I rode today for the first time with the new ramps outside and it felt really nice and secure, you will deffinately be a safer and happier OW-rider!!;)..keep posting pics please:):)



  • @timvdp: thanks!

    1. first layer is lacquered - as i hoped the color of the wood is now even nicer.
      0_1487339529983_14 varnished first layer.jpg

    already lacquered it a second time, i expect to even look nicer.
    hopefully tomorrow i can put everything together and try it out.

    i just hope the sonsor can deal with the concave...but lets see


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