How to Make a Hoverboard
Introduction: How to Make a Hoverboard
Have you ever fantasized about flying on a cool hoverboard like in Back to the Future 2? Were you ever mad that such a technology hadn’t been created yet, or had been faked as a prank(yes, Back to the Future fans, I know you know what I’m talking about)? Well, wait no longer! My step by step guide will have you building an electromagnetic one in no time. However, I must disclaim, the original, design of this makes it so its not actually movable like a skateboard, but will instead float in the same place. I would suggest reading through this entire guide before making the choice to create you own. If you do create you own using this idea, but altering it for the better, I would be very happy if you would send me your work so I can see how to make mine better. I’m always excepting friendly criticism. Let’s get started! (Keep in mind that this hoverboard and the one from Back to the Future will not look the same.)Step 1: Materials: What to Get
(Keep in mind this is based on my design. Get more if you plan on building a stronger, or larger scale hoverboard)1. (x6) 6″ Iron Railroad Spike. (Could you believe all they use these for now is for antiques and knife making faires. I don’t think railroad companies even use them anymore!)
2. 300 400′ enameled copper wire(AKA: Magnet Wire) 20 AWG (I would suggest Remington Industries for this)
3. Wire Strippers (duh!)
4. Duct Tape (You can never have too much duct tape)
5. 50 D Batteries. DO NOT: get power saver batteries or anything that the package says “longer lasting” this means it uses less energy than regular batteries, and you’re going to need a LOT of energy. (and yes I said fifty of them, not a typo)
6. A Standard Skateboard (I would suggest Tony Hawk skateboards. That’s what I based my measurements on.)(Also, make sure its one you’re not afraid to dismantle)
7. A Non Conductible Base. (Large enough to fit three skateboards side by side) DO NOT: use a floor as a base. this base is meant for maneuverability so you could take you hoverboard to test in different locations.
8. 16 small screws. (I used the screws that were already on the board(plus another board’s screws). I would recommend getting iron screws that were that size if you can find them)
9. Screwdriver (Again: Duh!)
10. Electric Drill. (I’ll explain later)
11. Battery Holders (Same amount as the amount of batteries your getting.)
12: Measuring Tape (For measuring. Keep in mind: When I say top of the board, I mean where you put your back foot in preparation for a kick flip.(Research for a better understanding if needed)
Step 1: Unscrew your screws from the board. This means you’ll be taking off the plates and wheels. This should leave you with eight holes.
Step 2: Using your electric drill, drill the holes in order to increase their diameter by approximately 2 millimeters.
Step 3: Now you need to pay close attention.(on each side of the board) 2 ” away from the edge (top and bottom) of the board and 2 ” away from left of the board, drill a hole. Now drill another hole 2 ” to the right of the first hole so that it is 2 ” away from the right of the board. Repeat this step so that there are 2 holes at the top of the board and the bottom of the board.
Step 1: Put the six railroad spikes to the base so that they are in the center and are spread equally 1 foot apart from each other to resemble what a six looks like on a dominoes piece. (3 by 2) Make sure the base of the spike is what’s going to be attached to the actual base.