When assembling a skate board there are many things you will need. The deck, grip tape, wheels, trucks, bearings, and the correct skate hardware are all mandatory. When assembling a board you will need to understand which parts connect to the other parts. Simply the wheels connect to the trucks which contain the bearings that are then connected to the deck in which the grip tape is placed. You will want to be sure you have your items in the right placement before attaching them. If you need assistance you can take your skate gear to your local skate shop and they will assist you in assembly. To assemble your board you will need the proper hardware which includes a series of specialty fit nuts and bolts as well as an allen wrench and a Philips screw driver.
However there is a wide variety in skate hardware. While most screws have Philips head tips some have hex heads, square heads and some have no heads at all merely small bumps. You will need to check the type of screw before your purchase your skate screwdriver to assemble your board. Often times the screws com in different lengths, which are used depending on the size of the truck and the deck. Longer screws are used for larger trucks, and smaller screws are used for smaller trucks. Also screws come in a variety of colors so that the skate boarder can choose to put one color on the front truck and a separate color on the back. This will allow the skater to easily identify the front of the board. Locknuts and screws can be bought at any hardware store and will work just fine. There is no need to buy high end expensive hardware.
Once you have purchased the appropriate skate hardware for your skateboard you can assemble it. The hardware will only come into play as you attach the trucks to the actual deck. Additionally once your board is assembled you may also need to loosen or tighten the bearings in your trucks using an allen wrench. This depends on how flexible you want your board to be when you are turning it. To make it more flexible loosen the bearings to make it tighter, tighten the bearings.