Are you wondering how to build a roll in ramp for skateboarding? Before beginning any project make sure you will have enough free space in a flat, safe location. Next, you will want to check with your cities zoning commission for qualifications and specific rules, such as necessary fencing surrounding your roll in ramp, proper signs displayed every so many feet or a specified amount of unused area that is needed around the ramp.
Items needed to build a roll in ramp:
- Miter saw
- Jig saw
- Tape measure
- 3/4" thick plywood
- 2X6" wood stud (boards)
- 2×4" wood stud (boards)
- Safety glasses
- Angle iron
- Choose a flat area to construct your ramp. Opt for a large area free of debris with settled land that has a flat appearance. Use blocks or concrete slab to guarantee all corners will be level and stabilized.
- Construct your roll in ramp in dry weather. Plan in advance to build your skateboard ramp around inclement weather. Rain or humidity will warp the wood before you have a chance to protect it.
- Frame your roll in ramp. For this you will need to create three equal parts. Use four 2×6", and8 ft. boards to construct each part of your frame. Make sure the frame is secured properly.
- Cut transition boards. Use your saw to cut your transition boards that will hold the plywood. Cut the boards to achieve the desired angle.
- Transition. Place the cut boards every 8" (on center) to support the plywood and frame. If you do not like the angle your transition will have you can re-cut the pieces at this time to achieve the desired angle.
- Cut and frame the sides. Follow the angle used in the previous boards to achieve the desired angle, screwing the 2×6" boards every 8" centered. Remember the 2×6" pieces can be re-cut if you feel the angle to be too steep or not enough. Screw plywood sheets over the 2×6" boards once you are happy with the angle you chose.
- Cut plywood for the ramp and platform. Using your saw cut the pieces to use for the ramp and platform. Drive in the screws on the frame to secure the ramp and platform.
- Paint. Paint all exposed surfaces to protect your roll in ramp from the elements. Sanding and painting will need to be performed on a regular basis to protect your ramp.
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