How to build a small skate ramp
Don't be scared, it's easy!
The first step in building a skate ramp is to figure out exactly what size of a ramp you are dealing with. In my case, I wanted a ramp to catch some major air off of, so I decided on 18 inches.
The next step is to look at what wood you already have. I'm a rather frugal ramp builder, so I found some plywood (the most expensive item in building) which I used for the top. Next, I needed some 2x4s, the most common wood with which to build a frame. So I went to the hardware store and got four of them. If your strapped for cash, you might want to go to a construction site, and ask for some scraps, or take a five finger discount. I also got about 50, 2 1/2 inch screws.
I loosely planned out the frame and started building. A lot of people think that ramp building is a precise science, and a lot of web sites offer plans for sale for a launch ramp. I really don't think that it's that hard. The only important thing is that you have many braces going from side to side, and that the ramp feels sturdy. I recommend building on a small budget because you can get away with it, without losing quality.
Tools you need for the job:
- Screwdriver/ Drill
- Clamp (not totally necessary)
Materials you need for the job.
- 3/4" plywood for a flat transition or two sheets 3/8" plywood for a curved transition
- 1 1/2" screws
- 2 1/2" screws
- As many 2x4s as you rough scetch indicates
*Its always a good idea to work with a friend on a project like this.
*Measure twice, cut once. I learned this from a man named David Foster.
*Jay is right, you can easily hurt yourself on such a ramp. I snapped like three decks already, and my back hasn't been quite the same.
*Skate or DIE!!!!
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