How To Build Skateboard Ramps
Knowing how to build your own skateboard ramps can save money. All you need is right type of tools and equipment and you are on your way to making a skateboarding ramp. The steps below will help you build a skateboard ramp using plywood with 2x6 and 2x4 boards. It is really a fun and easy of practicing your skating and having loads of fun at the same time.
Things You'll Need to Build Skateboard Ramps:
- 2x6 boards
- 2x4 boards
- Some plywood
- A saw
- A hammer
- Some nails
- Start by designing your ramp and taking exact measurements for the skateboard ramp you would like to build. In case you are planning to build quarter pipe skateboard ramps, decide suitable height, amount of vert and transition.
- Take a piece of plywood and draw the transition or the curve for the ramp. If it’s a small jump or a quarter, you would require two such sections of plywood. Make sure the two pieces are of the same size needed to build the skateboard ramps.
- Once you have cut the transition for the ramp, its time to lay out the outline of your ramp. Cut out several 2x4 or 2x6 boards (in case you are planning a large quarter pipe) as per the width of your skateboard ramp.
- Now attach these boards to the side pieces cut earlier using your hammer and nails. Follow the curve marked for the ramp. Use a hammer and nail to attach two to three boards along the bottom section of your skateboard ramp, if required, secure them by placing boards crosswise underneath your ramp using nails.
- Cut out the plywood, masonite, skatelite, or any other smooth, bendable material according to the width and length measured for the skateboard ramp. Measure the actual curve to decide the length of the skateboard ramp. Using screws or nails, attach the cut material to the outline of your ramp.
- Check and ensure that the skateboard ramp is strong and has a steady base.
Tips & Warnings:
- While planning for a large half pipe, always design a sizeable structure for the ramp. The design and size of the under structure of your ramp will actually decide how large the ramp is going to be. In case you are planning a jump ramp, as against a quarter or half pipe, the transition would be shallower.
- Getting and using pre-treated material will come out to be more expensive compared to other materials, however the ramp you build will be sturdier and last longer. Make sure you always wear a helmet while riding on your skateboard ramp.