How To Build Skateboard Ramps Out Of Wood
Learning how to build skateboard ramps out of wood can be a fun project. You will be able to improve yours skate boarding skills and techniques in your own backyard. If you have limited room you can make it where it can be easily unassembled and stored for later use.
To build a skateboard ramp you will need:
- Measuring Tape
- 3/8 inch treated or untreated plywood
- 3/4 inch treated or untreated plywood
- Skill Saw
- Two- Two by fours
- Wood Screws
You can purchase and inexpensive plan for your skateboard ramp. Of course if your creative juices are flowing you can come-up with your own plan of how you would like your skateboard ramp to be.
Decide the height you would like your ramp to be. The average height for a skateboard ramp is between two to three feet tall and eight to ten feet wide, but if you have mad skills you might want your ramp to be a bit taller than that.
Find an area that is large enough to build your skateboard ramp. You will need a spot for all of your tools, plans and wood. One that is safe and roomy enough to use as a work area.
On a flat and even surface place a piece of ¾ inch of treated plywood. With a measuring tape draw straight line up the right hand side, where the highest point of the skateboard board ramp will be; about 24 to 28 inches.
Opposite side of the board (left) draw another line toward the center of the treated plywood. This is the deck; it should measure approximately two feet.
At the bottom of the skateboard ramp (plywood) draw a straight line with measuring tape. It should be between four to five feet.
Now, use a tool that can make half circles to ensure its will be correct and even on both sides. Using a half circle line connect the top of the deck to the end point of the bottom. The line needs to be curved and precise that’s where the half circle tool comes in play.
With a skill saw cut along the straight lines on the ramp. The same exact steps need to be done on another piece of plywood for the other side of the skateboard ramp.
Connect both sides of the skateboard ramp with two, two by fours’. Be sure to use the same amount of spacing of the two by fours’ on each side to give enough support you can add more support.
You will need a single sheet of treated plywood about 3/8 inches thick. Thinner is better, it makes it more flexible. So it will allow you to bend it over the curve sides of the ramp. All that’s left to do is use the wood screws to attach plywood to the ramp sides. If there are any rough spots you can smooth them out with a piece of sand paper.
Now that you are finish with your skateboard ramp, it’s time to take it out for a test drive. See what type of skills you really have. You don’t have to limit your ramp to just using it for improving your skateboarding tricks, you can do bike tricks on it to. If your ramp will be used in an inside area than you can use the untreated wood, but if it will be used outside the treated ply wood would be best; keep the wood from rotting.