How To Build A Halfpipe Ramp With Wood
You can learn how to build a halfpipe ramp with wood rather than skating in other random places or paying someone to use their halfpipe. In fact, learning how to build a halfpipe ramp can even help you open your own skate shop. You can start charging a small fee to let others use the halfpipe and possibly even expand into buying accessories and reselling them at a small markup. Follow these instructions to build a halfpipe ramp with wood.
To build a halfpipe ramp, you will need:
- A pencil and paper
- An electric saw
- Measuring tape
- Four large sheets of plywood
- Wood screws
- Two-by-four planks
- Two-by-six planks
- One-by-four planks
- Sit down and decide what size you want your halfpipe to be. Draw out a design or find plans online to suit your specifications. Gather your materials all in one place.
Cut the sides from a sheet of plywood. Measure the dimensions of the side and trace them with a pencil before you cut. Cut the first side and then use it to trace three more sides, until you have four in total.
- Attach two-by-four planks at the top of the curved sides as cross joists. Drill holes in your plywood sides and use wood screws to secure them in place. These form the basis of the two ramps. Spread them apart to the distance that you wish, ensuring they line up with each other.
Build the bottom, flat section of the halfpipe. Lay two-by-four planks, long-ways and standing up, spacing them twelve inches apart and framing them with two-by-six planks. Secure the structure using wood screws, and make sure you pre-drill the holes or it will be much harder to attach the boards.
- Build the floor of the ramp by continuing to lay two-by-four planks along the side of the ramp. Secure these planks with wood screws.
- Build the floor of the skate ramp. Lay one-by-four planks horizontally and flat next to each other along the entire length of the halfpipe. Fasten these planks down with two screws at the bottom, the middle and the top, so that they do not bow up from stress and humidity.
- Walk over the halfpipe and check for any loose or protruding screws. These can spell disaster for any skater on the halfpipe. Check for loose boards as well, and periodically inspect your halfpipe.