How To Make A Skateboard Ramp?
For those who’re looking for a comprehensive guide on building their own skateboard ramp, our post will give you a good start. We’ll be introducing different types of ramps and what are their requirements, thereby you can decide on your own which one is more suitable for you. The following articles will be explaining the general steps for constructing your ramp. It’ll give you an idea on how to make your own skateboard ramp.
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Step 1: Deciding which type of ramp you want
Depending on the amount of space that you can provide and your capability, there are many different options when building a skateboard ramp. It can be a small kicker ramp or a micro quarter if you’re looking for something small and efficient. However, if you have the capability, you can choose larger ramps with funbox & ledge design, or a kicker ledge, and so on depending on your preferences. Once you’ve decided your ramp style, you can easily draw out a construction plan for it.
Prepare the material
For the materials, we’ll need lumbers, plywoods, and steel materials.
We were using the lumbers for making the frame so make sure you choose high-quality ones. The measurement should be 2×4 inches to ensure its durability and strength. For the length, you need to have lumber with various length ranging from 3 to 10 feet since we’ll be using them for different positions.
The plywoods are used to cover on the frame, so there has to be enough of them. You should decide how much plywoods you need to prepare and their dimensions judging on the size of the ramp you’re going to build. Regardless, for the sides, it’s best to use thicker plywoods to ensure longevity and strength. For the surface, since you’ll require a lot of bendiness from the boards, thinner plywoods should be your priorities. That being said, we recommend using both 3/4” and 3/8” plywoods with your construction. In additions, 1/4″Masonite board should be added on the ramps to protect you from falls.
And finally, for the copping, we’ll be using steel pipes. You can choose whatever type of pipe that you want, just need to make sure that they fit on your design and are thin enough to drill through. Moreover, we’ll also need a few 3/16″ metal plate for making the thresholds on your ramp. They’ll give you smooth transitions when sliding on and off the ramp.
To position your ramp on the ground, it’s also useful to attach a few rubber plates at the bottom of it. So make sure you prepare some of them.
Prepare the tools
Here are the tools that you’ll be using when building the skateboard ramp:
Saw – you can use anything that is most convenient for you. But in this case, a jigsaw should come really handy. They’re designed for cutting curves and non-linear lines, so it’ll be great for building the frame of your ramps.
Drill – a pistol drill would be a good choice as it is quite versatile. You can use it to drill holes on your coping or attaching the wooden plates. Just make sure you prepare multiple of drill bits since we’ll be using a lot of them
Hammer – just a small hand hammer is enough
Screws and nails – choose regular screws and nails for working with wooden materials.
Glue – use this to attach the rubber plate to the bottom of your ramp.
Step 2: Preparing the wooden materials for construction
First, you need to lay the plywood on the ground and draw the transitions on it. Depending on the types of ramps that you’re building, you should be able to draw in the transition. Then use them to trace and cut the wooden plates to their suitable sizes. Keep doing this with the numbers to ensure they’re cut properly. With the most difficult part finished, you can move on to the next step.
Step 3: Framing the skateboard ramp
Start with the bottom
Like everything else, you’ll need to build your ramp from the bottom up. Following the construction plan, you’ll start by attaching the lumbers with the 3/4” plywoods to form a frame of the skateboard ramp. Use thicker nails for the job since you’ll need them to be as durable as possible. You should attach the bottom rubber plate at this stage since it’ll be more difficult in the future. Just need to apply enough glue on the rubbers and stick them on the bottom of the frame.
Then use the other lumbers to build the rest of the frame. Depending on the design, you can make a box frame, a ramp frame, and so on. The only limit should be your imagination, just make sure you attach them carefully.
Step 4: Coping
Prepare the coping
For the coping, we’ll use the prepared steel pipes. Make sure they’re cut to your desired length. Start by firmly position the steel pipe on the ground and use the drill to create two holes on it straight through the other side.
Secure the coping
Then place the coping on your desired spot of the framed skateboard ramp. Use two thick screws to attach the pipe to the wooden frame through the drilled holes. You can add a third hole if the copying still feels wobbly.
Step5: Layout the cover
Be patient, you’re almost done. It’s time to cover the wooden frame with the covers.
Attach the plywood covering
Start by attaching the thin plywoods to the constructed frame. With this, you’ll need to use smaller nails that can easily stick on the wooden plate. Start by placing the plywood on top of the frame and nail it down from top to bottom. Make sure it stays aligned from start to finish, you don’t want to mess up at this stage.
Attach the Masonite board
To create a smooth surface, we’ll be attaching the Masonite boards on top of the plywood covers. You can use screws or nails for this job, but we recommend using screws since they can be easily countersunk on the board by using the drill. This will allow for safer and more comfortable skating experiences on the ramp. On the other hand, it wouldn’t be safe if your ramps are full of dangerous nails sticking out. You can easily be injured when falling off the ramp.
Add the finishing threshold
To give you a smoother experience when skating on the ramp, it should come with thresholds to fix the Masonite boards on the ground. Countersink the metal plates on the end of the Masonite boards using screws. Give each threshold three screws, one at the middle and two at the edges.
Take out for a test
Once you’ve finished building your skateboard ramp, it’s time to give it a test. Try playing along with your skateboard and notice if there are still any problem with the ramp.
And that’s how you should make a skateboard ramp, here is a useful video that we’ve found for you. Thanks for reading and we’ll see you your future post.