How To Make A Skateboard Ramp

Learning how to make a skateboard ramp is a fairly simple process. In fact, it is a do it yourself project that can be completed in as little as one afternoon. Just imagine being able practice all those tricks and stunts from the comfort of your own home. You no longer have to traipse all over the city looking for the ideal skating arena, instead, when you make your own skateboard ramp, it is like having a mini skateboard park in your backyard or driveway.    

To learn how to make a skateboard ramp you will need:

  • 2 x 4’s
  • Plywood
  • Hammer
  • Saw
  • Screws and Nails

Steps

  1. There are many different styles and designs of skateboard ramps. Some of the more popular are half pipes, quarter pipes, kicker ramps, and min ramps. Decide on what type of ramp you want to build before you begin construction. Take note that it is advisably to begin learning moves on a kicker ramp, before you move on to more advanced tricks. 
  2. When you make a skateboard ramp, you will need to decide on how it will be used. If you plan on keeping it outside, or in one spot, consider building it with heavy pressure treated wood. However, if you plan on transporting, and storing it inside, you will want to use a lighter type of material, this allows for easy transportation. 
  3. Next you will want to determine the size of your ramp. Decide on how tall you want the ramp to be, then calculate the width and length accordingly. To allow for the landing of tricks, your skateboard ramp should not be any smaller than eight feet wide. 
  4. Decide on the curve of the ramp. The type of curve you want depends on the type air and height you hope to achieve.  Draw this curve onto one of the pieces of plywood. Then copy this curve onto another piece of plywood. 
  5. Next, use the saw and cut along these lines. These pieces of plywood will be the two sides of your skateboard ramp. It may be advisable to add a third or fourth piece of plywood to the middle of the ramp. This will increase the durability of the ramp.
  6. Using the 2 x 4’s to construct the frame of the skateboard ramp. The frame of the ramp will be used to support the plywood sides, and launch surface.  It is important to make sure that this frame is sturdy, and can support the weight and impact of a landing skateboarder. 
  7. Add the face plate. The face plate, or launch surface, will need to be able to bend along the curve of your ramp and, because of this, you will want to use a type of material that is easy to manipulate. Thin plywood, skatelite, or masonite are all appropriate materials to use. 
  8. Finish making your skateboard ramp by sanding and painting it. Make sure you add your own originality and flair. Feel free to add stickers and stencils.
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