How To Build A Skateboard Ramp
Riding a skateboard is an awesome hobby, but to be the ultimate skater you have to know how to build a skateboard ramps. We understand not everyone is a skilled carpenter, but if you could hammer a nail without the world ending, then you can build a skate board ramp.
You will need:
- An idea of what kind of ramp you would like to build
- A place where you can store it
- A nice open, flat space where you can use the ramp
- Enough pressure treated plywood to build the ramp
- Pressure treated lumber for the foundation of the ramp, 2x4’s will do just fine
- A hammer and nails, or a nail gun
- A saw
- A level
- A pencil or marker to sketch the design
- Some good friends to help
- Before you start to build the skateboard ramp you will have to figure out what kind of ramp you would like to build. A good place to go to get plans to build the skate ramp is rampplans.org. It is possible to build your skate ramp without the plans, but it is not suggested to do so. There are many different kinds of ramps to build including verts, bowls, minis, quarter pipes, fun boxes, and launch ramps.
- After you have decided what kind of ramp to build, it is time to figure out where you are going to put it. It is always best to build a skate ramp on an open flat surface, such as a paved driveway or a large cement patio. Also make sure you know where you want to store the ramp when you are done with it. The size of your ramp is going to depend on where you are planning to put it.
- Head over to your closest building supply store and pick up all of the wood and tools that you will need. Expect the wood to be on the expensive side. Also make sure you purchase enough nails for your ramp.
- With the what’s and where’s of building your skate ramp answered, now we can focus on the ramp itself. You want to start with the curve of the ramp and then go from there. Use the pencil or marker to draw the curve of the ramp on some of the plywood. How long and wide your ramp is going to be all depends on the space you will be using it in. Once you have the curve of the ramp drawn out you will have to cut the wood. Then go ahead and start building the frame with the 2x4’s. Connect the two sides of the curve together with the 2x4’s in between. You will want them about a foot apart. The rest of the plywood is going to be used on top of the frame. Once you have finished with the basic ramp make sure to add a flat part at the top of the curve on either side.
- Make sure to treat the wood to water proof it so it will not rot. Once the wood is dry the ramp is complete. Have fun and enjoy skating on your new ramp.