Here, you can see the toe to heel groove. Additionally, you can see the 4 layers of the slide plate assembly, as seen from the toe of the plate.
Here is a side view of the plate (toe end to the left/heel end to the right). You can also see the H-block lock in spot under the slider and the mounting areas for the trucks on either end.
The slider plates have been drilled in order to lighten the weight of the skates. It also lowers the amount of friction when doing grinds...less material to grab.
This is the top of the mounting plate (a cut piece of snow ski). Here you can see where the furniture bolts attach to the 4 prong T-Nut.
The reason to use a ski for a vert skate plate is three-fold :
* It keeps the weight down.
* It is flexible, and springs back to retain its\' shape.
* It is nearly indestructible.
These are the type of nuts used for my plates. They sink in flush to the plate with teeth that prevent them from spinning. Once the boots are mounted on the plates, the low profile nuts will not be felt through the boots.