We set out to make a modern version of the classic. After building some replica crates with metal roller skates it was obvious why they tapered off in popularity (though they did have a good 50 + year run!). The metal wheels are insanely loud and rough and the vintage fruit crates were rickety, splintery and quickly started falling apart. We’ve fixed all of the shortcomings of the Skate Crates of yesteryear with our awesome design upgrades!
We built a box that is durable and chose Baltic Birch plywood using “lock rabbet” joints for strength and then nailed and glued them for durability.
Unlike the originals, we wanted the crates to easily detach/ reattach from the skateboard so with that in mind, we used clamping knobs and threaded inserts.
We wanted something stylish and unique for the handle bars so we custom laminated American maple with dyed veneer in the same manner that skateboards are manufactured.
The natural wood decks are also made from American maple, the painted ones are made from Baltic Birch. The decks are a little thicker and more stiff then traditional skateboard decks because of the added torque while the rider is pulling on the handle bars.
With the box design you have enough room to stash your backpack, a 12-pack, groceries, your rock collection etc. You can’t do that on one of those aluminum scooter things! There’s 4 stainless steel cargo hooks to use bungees or straps to secure your cargo.
For the Blockhead E-Z Rollers wheels, we wanted a classic shape that resembled an old clay or metal wheel. They are available in silver “steelies” or orange “clay”. They are a smooth-riding 78a urethane and are 57mm tall.
We’ve chosen Tracker “mid track” Trucks, a solid good turning truck made in the USA since 1975. All components are made in the USA except for the bearings and hardware. The decks and handle bars are laminated by PS Stix in Tijuana.
We set out to make timeless designs on the crates and enlisted legendary skate artist Ben Horton and also Ron Cameron who inked most of the iconic Blockhead Skateboard graphics from 1986-1990. For inspiration we’ve used vintage fruit crate labels, classic auto/motorcycle racing and club designs and even artwork from actual vintage “kid made” skate crates.